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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.


If bananas are a no go (they are very slimy and a lot of babies hate that, both my boys certainly did) you can try breastmilk mixed with baby rice as well. It is a bit stickier and bananas tend to pop right out of a mouth they are so slippery. You'd definitely have to use a blender or something like it, as fork-mashed are lumpy.

Henry & Philip didn't have the tongue =thrust reflex, they started on food at 4 months each.

I've never heard to use a finger before. With both boys, they acted more suprised than anything in the begninng. Don't mistake surprise for hatred, unless of course he cries about it or whatever. The boys were both very interested in watching us eat by the time they had solid foods, and so they just sort of *knew* what was coming on the spoon. It was messy of course. :)
Yeah, I'm not too keen on the idea of rice cereal, to me it just seems like filler/empty calories, whereas fruit and veg at least seems natural and nutritious. We'll see, I'll try different things and if he's not interested, I don't mind waiting! He's certainly not missing any meals either way :)
I just thought of rice cereal as practice, more than anything else- and the kind we buy (though expensive) is fortified with everything in the book. We moved pretty quickly from that to fortified baby oatmeal, though. These days we rarely do cereal at all- it's usually fruit or veggies with cottage cheese, yogurt, or meat.
henry has a super duper sensitive belly, and i find myself using baby rice in a lot of his purees etc because it is so gentle on the belly, i think that is why some people recommend it just because it is so hard to have an adverse reaction to it. druits have been a NIGHTMARE for henry.

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