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Bananas

Okay, Mr Baby is going to have his first foray into solid foods this weekend. We are going to have bananas mixed with some breastmilk.

What do I need to know before I do this? Can I just mush the bananas up, or do I need to put them in a blender/food processor?

Here's everything I know...

If your baby is used to the sweet taste of human milk, start with mashed bananas.

Use your finger as baby's first "spoon." It's soft, at the right temperature, and baby is familiar with it. Encourage baby to open her mouth wide. Place a fingertipful of this glorious glob on baby's lips while letting her suck on the tip of your finger. Next, advance the fingertipful of food to the tip of your baby's tongue (where there are tastebuds receptive to sweetness). If this gets swallowed, or at least is not spit back at you, try placing the next glob toward the middle of baby's tongue.

Watch baby's reaction to this new experience. If the food goes in with an approving smile, baby is ready and willing. If the food comes back at you, accompanied by a disapproving grimace, baby may not be ready. Some babies make funny faces just because this is all so new to them. What happens in the mouth may be a more accurate indicator of whether a baby is ready to eat solids. If the mouth opens for a second helping, give it another try � you may have a winner. Even if the food comes back out, the baby may just need to learn to seal his mouth shut when he moves the food from the front to the back. Rejection of the food could also indicate that the tongue-thrust reflex is not yet gone, and baby can't move the food to the back of his mouth and swallow it. If your baby just sits there, with an open mouth, confused by the glob of food perched on her tongue, she's probably having difficulty with the tongue-thrust reflex. Let her practice a while. If she still doesn't seem to know what to do, wait a week or two before you try again.


I'm pretty much starting this solids thing from a place of zero knowledge beyond that, so any advice is welcome.

Comments

Cash is six months now (or older?)- I am going to guess you won't have trouble with the extrusion reflex. Catherine never had trouble with it and I started her at 4.5 months. We used a spoon from the beginning as well.

I'd put the bananas in a blender or processor at first. You'll want to start with a very smooth texture. We moved up to lumpy (fork-smushed) bananas right away, but Catherine was already used to cereal.

I wouldn't overthink it. Just offer and see what he does! Does he seem interested when you eat?
Oh yeah for the last month or so he has been grabbing whatever might be on my plate, sticking his fingers in my oatmeal and stealing my fries.

And he's six and a half months, and has been good about not pushing his teething tablets back out of his mouth for the last month or so, so I figure he'll be okay to eat.
We dove right in, but I felt good about doing that as she's not had any digestive issues and neither of us have any food allergies. I'm having a blast cooking for her these days- she can eat almost everything we do, and does! (Well, she passed on mac and cheese last night and tonight, but I think she's going to partake in the chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy tomorrow night.)

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