We plan on doing baby-led weaning, so we're going to skip the processed cereal crap & purees and go straight to "real" foods that she can pick up & eat herself. This really makes sense to me as who would want flavorless mush repeatedly shoveled into their mouth? By letting them decide what & how much to eat or whether they even want to at all (it may just be an art project the first few times and that's fine!), you can foster healthy attitudes about food & eating right from the get-go. There is definately mess involves but that is part of the process as baby explores the different tastes & textures. Anyways, I'm not afraid of a little mess. Actually, I'm usually the one who encourages mess.
Some ideas for first foods:
and some good sources of iron (since I'm skipping the iron-fortified cereal) include pumpkin, buffalo, beef, and egg yolks.
I'll add to this list as I think of more ideas. I also have the Super Baby Food book by Ruth Yaron that I read when Orange was a babe. I should dust that off & flip through it, I know she had a lot of great insight. I'd also like to read Child of Mine by Ellyn Satter. Oh, and I'd like to get one of those mesh feeders.
Ocean is showing some signs of readiness. She can sit unassisted for a few minutes before toppling, "chews" & drools when she watches us eat (it's really cute!), and I think she's outgrown the tongue reflex. I offered her a bite of banana a couple of times she sucked on a stalk of broccoli once and a bean from our garden. She doesn't have any teeth yet (although she seems to be working on it), so I'd like to wait a bit longer before "officially" offering solids. I've read that the first teeth coming through is associated w/ the production of more digestive enzymes and thus an indication of readiness. Makes sense. Also, I want to breast feed as long as possible, of course. Maybe not the 4.5 years that Orange had, but at least 2 years or longer.