I’ve been looking forward to starting William on solid foods for a while. Even though a few people tried to nudge us to starting early, I held strong that he would start at six months. Over the weekend we had him practice sitting in his high chair on the ground to get used to it. Then, we put him fully in his chair, on a chair and prepared to give feeding him solids a shot.
William’s first reaction seemed to be one of confusion. He had many things to possibly be confused about including why he was in the chair, what was in the bowl, what we expected him to do, even who among us – Candy, Matt, William himself or I was in charge of this.
William’s first visible tooth – on the bottom came in on Monday in time for him to turn six months. William seemed rather unimpressed with the food – flavor and text both.
When we started giving him more he did his best to swallow and then at this point clearly needed a break from all the action.
We each took turns trying to get William to eat his rice cereal mixed with warm formula. We used formula as we didn’t want to waste my breast milk in case he spit large portions out.
We gave him a bottle with warm formula to let him take breaks in between.
It was important to make this a positive, even fun experience for him.
At times when he slowed down, Matt tried to help him by pretending to eat the food himself.
William smiles easily for Matt, and so they both had a lot of fun with the moments.
Even though he was strapped in and his hands held down to help him focus, he really liked having Matt feed and entertain him, or as Matt put it, give him dinner and a show.
William just has the best smiles. I love seeing him happy while trying food.
The first session went very well, with very little food being wasted. It will be fun to introduce him to different foods and flavors in the near future.