Wallace is beginning to show all the signs of readiness- he wants to EAT.
According to KellyMom.com, some of the signs of solid readiness are:
Sitting well without help. (As of this morning, he’s there!)
No more automatically pushing solids out of his mouth with his tounge-thrust reflux. (100% there)
Ready and willing to chew. (Yup!)
Developing a pincer grasp where he can hold food between his thumb and forefinger. (Yup, yup!)
Eager to participate in mealtime and trying to grab food. (FOR SURE.)
He’s a couple weeks shy of 6 months old, and I’m never one to rush moving out of the breastmilk poop phase, so we’re slowly easing in and we’re keeping things simple.
This post is sponsored by Stonyfield YoBaby.
Banana and avocado are always the first two solids we try, admittedly because they are SO easy to prepare. They come in their own containers, are totally packable and portable, and you just smush them with a fork right before you feed baby. Another perfect first food? Yogurt! And it can be fed right at the 6-month mark.
I’ve learned since my first baby that keeping baby food simple is key. It’s really easy for me to feel overwhelmed when I think of how to feed a baby if I let myself go nuts and complicate things. It seems I’m not alone.
Stonyfield YoBaby reports that a new survey shows that “at least one-third of parents admit to feeding confusion during baby’s first months, and more than half (53%) feel overwhelmed by the varying opinions on early childhood nutrition. That confusion may be why a large piece of the good diet puzzle seems to be missing, as daily probiotics for baby are mostly overlooked.”
That makes sense. I actually never considered the importance of daily probiotics with the other 3 kids because, yeah, it was enough just to figure out if I should puree or not, buy from a store or make it myself, and if I was introducing too many fruits before vegetables.
But, knowing what I do about probiotics now, and how they are basically “good” bacteria that keep your gut health in check, I can definitely see the benefit of incorporating them into Wallace’s diet from early on. So we’re going to start with *trying* some bananas and avocados over the next few weeks. We’re mostly just letting him taste (lololol the faces they make)….
But our refrigerator is also stocked with some Stonyfield YoBaby Yogurt for us to throw in the mix there, too. Stonyfield YoBaby is the only yogurt made specifically for babies, now with added probiotic BB-12 and is the #1 Pediatrician Recommended Yogurt among refrigerated yogurts for babies 6 months – 2 years old.
I’ll let you know if he likes it better than bananas.