Here at Lactivist, I believe that all babies are different and some will need solids before others but that is no reason to stop breastfeeding – especially in winter when mother’s milk protects against all sorts of bugs and baddies.
The fantastic Kellymom have a great checklist for readyness for solids:
- 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 his tongue.
- Baby is ready and willing to chew.
- Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he 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 his mouth.
This competition to win an ‘I’ll wean when I’m ready’ Lactivist t-shirt ends on the 23rd January 2011, it is open to people in Europe only – sorry! A winner will be chosen from the entrants and informed by email and on www.lactivist.net.
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To enter, leave a comment below telling us your experience or thoughts of weaning. Have you got any good advice? Any funny stories? Any good websites about introducing solids? Any fantastic recipes?
I’ll start you off
My son was late to solids, I introduced him to a lovingly dug up and cooked carrot, mashed up and pushed through a sieve and he spat it right out. He has only just started to think of carrots as a viable option now 7 years later and hates mushy food. I worried about it for a bit then decided to just see how it went, trying every now and then and a few months later he grabbed the spoon and ate the lot – he was ready! After that it was a non stop adventure involving removing rice cake particles from every surface of the house and discovering that bananas can stain – and of course solid poo, which, if you are really bored you can read about here : http://www.lactivist.net/?p=8.
There is also an excellent article on Baby Led Weaning by Laura of Brightspark Slings here http://www.lactivist.net/?p=7 and of course Gillian Rapleys book ‘Baby Led Weaning’ which came a bit late for me but has ace reviews.
The competition is now closed and the winner was Jessi!