Happy Memorial Day! How did you celebrate? We celebrated by giving our daughter her very first soft food. This in itself is definitely a learning experience. It is a sensory experience because it’s tastes and textures that are new and unfamiliar… and it’s swallowing something other than a liquid!
Previously, we had let her chew on a stalk of celery, a stalk of green onion, and even a stalk of green garlic. But today was the day we let her try her hand at something she might actually digest. I have also thought about carrots and slices of bell peppers.
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We are doing baby led weaning, which means no purees / traditional baby food for us. But for purposes of writing I will call it baby led feeding or BLF ( We are not weaning and don’t plan on it for awhile. But at a couple days past 7 months, she is diving into feeding herself.) Why are we going this route? Because ancient people didn’t puree food before serving and because I want my baby to explore food the way it comes. Plus I can control what she eats this way and she gets to be like the rest of the family eating food… which also makes it easier.
It was a great sensory activity because she love squishing the avocado between her fingers as well as the new textures in her mouth.
Here is the sequence of events from today. Unfortunately for our funny memory’s sake, we had already put away the camera and video camera when she projectile vomited everywhere. May I say it was very exciting? She was very happy in the end regardless of losing her stomach 🙂
1.Immediately went for the food with no hesitation!
2. Immediately put in mouth
3. Munched without eating anything
4. Got a small piece
5. Gagged and made faces
6. Gagged it out
7. Repeated a few times
8. Projectile vomited all of the breast milk I fed her before this feeding experiment.
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For more on our Baby Led Weaning adventure, please click here.
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!