It seems recommendations for starting solids are all over the place these days.  I’ve got three kids. With my first, I did the whole introduce-one-single-food-puree-every-four-days thing. The kid hated solids and we threw away so many purees and the whole thing just stressed me out. With my second and third, I have followed the advice from the baby led weaning folks. It’s been a lot less stressful.

The point of this post is not to tell you how to feed your baby. That’s up to you and the advice of your pediatrician. But I wanted to share what I find to be the pros and cons of this method of introducing solids.

Con: It’s a really big mess. A really. big. mess.


  • I can feed myself while the baby feeds himself.
  • I don’t have to prepare extra food for the baby.
  • Baby loves it.
  • It’s a lot of fun.
  • It makes for great photo ops.

I have pictures to prove it.

Helen, 7 months, enjoys a bowl of spaghetti


Thomas, 6 months, eating a banana


Broccoli pacifier


Peas and carrots, carrots and peas . . .


mmmmm . . . chicken!


Yummy peach!


Again with the drumstick, this time with an uber cute hat.


That was a bagel. Could he be any happier??








2 Responses

  • These are great! I usually start with some purees and move to table food as soon as they're ready…which for my Thomas has been the past month or so. But the messes are about to drive me insane! We have an all-plastic IKEA high chair but cleaning it (and the floor) up afterwards takes forever!

  • Yes, the mess! I had posted a plea for a highchair to my local mommy's group. Someone very kindly offered one up with this caveat – it has a dry clean only cover.I'm sorry, but who in the world thought a dry clean only cover for a highchair was an acceptable idea????


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