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Sorel just hit 5 months old, and for the past few weeks we have been slowly introducing her to solid food. She started showing interest in food, and I felt like she seemed ready to take that next step. I didn’t want to rush or force anything when it came to feeding Sorel. Your baby will let you know when they’re ready and able to eat, you just have to look for some common signs.
-Baby can sit up well without support.
-Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with her tongue.
-Baby is ready and willing to chew.
-Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where she picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
-Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in her mouth.
We made the mistake with Marloe of starting too soon out of excitement, and it left her and I confused and frustrated when it came to eating! This time around we are letting Sorel set the pace, and it’s been going great! I have been following some aspects of the Baby Lead Weaning approach to solid feeding, and decided to let Sorel eat & grab food on her own. I will help feed her here and there to help teach her how it’s done, but I don’t force any food down her mouth that she isn’t ready for.
There are so many awesome products that makes transitioning to solid food much easier. The right feeding products are key to having a better experience for mama and baby. Today I teamed up with OXO Tot to showcase their new Stick and Stay Dishware! They just launched this new dishware, and I am truly obsessed! The plate and bowl suction to the table/high chair and make feeding time so much easier & mess free. With these suction dishes, Sorel isn’t able to pull at her bowl and throw it on the ground...so the food stays put and within her reach at all times! I’m able to easily release the dishes once she’s done eating.
OXO Tot Stick and Stay Dishware has truly been a game changer not only for my grabby baby, but my toddler who seems to think her food plate should be everywhere BUT the kitchen table! Now her food stays put on the table, and I don’t have to worry about finding her dishes outside or in her bedroom. (It’s happened lol)
I’ll be sharing more updates on Sorel’s solid food journey as we go! And I will definitely continue to use our OXO Tot Stick and Stay Dishware, to help make feedings a breeze!