When we started Baby Led Weaning with Lucy, we didn’t know a single other family who had done it with their children. We were excited to have stumbled upon such a great resource for our family, but also nervous that we would do it wrong and Lucy would end up starving and unable to express that to us. Enter baby cereal. We decided that along with letting her explore food at her own pace we would give her a bit of baby cereal each day (usually at breakfast time or supper time) until we felt she was getting the hang of the whole eating thing. Now, for some Baby Led Weaners that may be a faux pas but we were fine doing it this way because it allowed us to relax and not worry so much about how much she was or wasn’t eating on her own.
There is no right or wrong way to introduce solids in my mind. Do what works for you and your baby. It may be a little of column A, a little of column B and that’s okay. There will, of course, always be Doctors and books that have their recommendations but at the end of the day, this is your child and you know them best.
Here, for your viewing pleasure is little Abigail eating some oatmeal cereal for the 3rd or 4th time. If you are wondering why I give her oatmeal vs. rice cereal it is because I feel that oatmeal cereal has more nutritional value than rice cereal..it also tastes way better in my opinion. Here is our little cutie..