I had a ton of info and recommendations and products that I planned to include in this post, and then I read my post about starting solids with Georgie, and realized that it’s basically all the same! There are a few changes this time around which I’ll detail, plus it’s fun to put things here purely for the purpose of documentation and being able to look back. So here we go!
At around three and a half months old, Rex started to really notice when we were eating. He would also, adorably, start licking his lips as he watched us. His little mouth would open and close like he was eating too. This kid was so ready, but it was too early. Then at his four month pediatrician appointment, I was expecting his doctor to say, ‘go for it!’ but instead she urged us to wait until as close to six months as we could.
So we waited, and then once Rex was four months (plus a few weeks) old we went for it. He was just so, so ready, and also he was already 22.3 lbs 🙂 Again we started with baby oatmeal, but this time we moved onto vegetables pretty quickly, whereas with Georgie we stuck with the oatmeal for several weeks. So far Rex has had butternut squash, pear, banana, sweet potato, cauliflower, apple, carrots, plum and avocado. After introducing a new food we wait a few days to make sure he doesn’t have any reaction to it, then we start him on something new. He’s into most foods (avocado is his favorite), and makes this super cute puckered up face when something is even the slightest bit sour (mainly with pears that aren’t totally ripe yet and he also did it today with plums). Next up: peas!
We still use the same Babycook (which has lasted over three years and is still the best) to steam and puree his food, and I’ve upgraded to these glass storage containers – which I love – for putting extra in the fridge and freezer. (I also still use these to freeze purees and then just pop them out which is oddly satisfying.) I’ll either feed Rex directly out of the glass storage container, or one of Georgie’s bowls, and I also got him a pack of these infant feeding spoons. The longer spoons are a total game changer for feeding infants. At first I was just using Georgie’s spoons, but the longer ones make things so much easier. I don’t know why, but they do! Rex loves grabbing them and ‘feeding himself’ and he also loves chewing on the spoon long after the food is gone. They’re a pretty great teething toy.
We first started feeding Rex in his sit-me-up chair, and then we moved him into Georgie’s Tripp Trapp. Oh, and I still love this book and this blog and refer to them both often. They’re great resources.