Saturday, August 4, 2012

Billions & Billions of Years Ago...

If you have read this blog in the past, and let's face it, if you're cool you probably have, you should know that the Baby is 4 months old right now. Okay, if you asked her, she would say that she's actually 4 and a half months old, but nobody asked her. Which is good, because she's bound to go on and on and on about how 4 and a half month olds are way more advanced than 4 month olds, and how Mommy and Daddy don't give her the respect she deserves. Whatever. Any ways, if you've been around many 4 month olds, you probably know that that is the age that most parents start introducing "solid" foods to their baby's diet. I put the word solid in quotation marks back in that previous sentence because I, personally, don't consider pureed veggies, the most common form of "solid" food, to be all that solid. Instead, I consider them to be gross. No offense if you yourself are a pureed veggie.

Back when the Girl was just a baby, and not a 3 year old who also doesn't get the respect she feels she deserves, the Wife discovered an unusual, at least by today's standards, way of introducing solid food to a baby. It's officially called Baby Led Weaning, but that seems too confusing of a name to me, so I just call it The Way Babies Were Introduced To Solid Food For The Billion Or So Years Before The Invention Of The Blender. Instead of starting the baby on purees at 4 months, parents wait until the baby is 6 months old, and able to sit up by themselves, and then just start giving the baby big ol' chunks of meat, or actual (not pureed) veggies, or whatever else the parents are eating. The secret is that the chunks need to be big enough for the baby to hold on to, and then they just start gnawing on the food themselves. Within a couple of weeks, their finger dexterity grows exponentially, and pretty soon, they actually get the hang of eating real food. When we were transitioning the Boy to solid foods using this method, he was feeding himself lasagna, and a lot of it, within 3 weeks or so, and let me tell you, watching a 6 month old feeding himself piece after piece of lasagna makes for wonderful viewing if you're having dinner guests over. It's a hoot!

OK, enough of my ranting about Baby Led Weaning. I don't want to make traditional puree aficionados feel bad about how they are raising their kids. I just want to let new parents know that there is a different, really old, and we think wonderful, way of introducing solid foods to their baby. If anybody is interested, let me know and I'll tell you about a great book you can read that explains exactly how to do it.

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