We started Remy on solids right at 6 months old. Right when he started to take food out of my mouth (nobody takes food away from mommy!). We’ve been doing baby led weaning for the most part, i.e. giving Remy whatever we’re eating for dinner, well, whatever is appropriate for a baby. He eats some purees, but quite honestly I can’t stand the look, feel, or taste of purees myself, so I don’t do them. But applesauce and mashed sweet potatoes are the main purees I’ve been able to handle without gagging. We usually load up the spoon and hand it to Remy. Occasionally he gets the spoon into his mouth. I’d say he eats about 1/4 of whatever puree is in front of him. I also keep 4 extra spoons at the table so I can give him a new one when he throws the current spoon on the ground.
Most of Remy’s meals are whatever we’re eating. I don’t salt the food we give Remy, but I do use a fair amount of spices. Remy will lick the spices off of chicken or beef, so I think he likes them. I haven’t tried anything too hot, but I think he appreciates a bit of culinary interest. His favorites are roasted asparagus (it’s mommy and daddy’s favorite, too, we eat it about once or twice a week) and ribs.
This kid loves ribs. He will suck on a rib for 10 minutes. Of course in that 10 minutes he has thrown whatever vegetable I’ve prepared on the floor, much to Marcello’s (the fat chihuahua) disappointment. Marcello is waiting for Remy to toss down the rib.
We haven’t had too many issues with Remy’s eating. He still gags a lot. Gagging, not choking. We haven’t had to really help him at all; it’s pretty hard to watch your baby gagging or moving food around in his mouth and not help. This being said I did take an infant/child CPR and choking class so I know what to do in case of choking, but I don’t feed Remy unless OccDoc is around. Although I think OccDoc is more bothered by the gagging than I am.
Remy joined us at the table for Thanksgiving, but I did request the guests not be too hyper or distracting with him. Remy is still learning how to eat and I don’t want him to get distracted and have a problem.
My sister-in-law brought her dog to Thanksgiving (our family usually brings our dogs to all holiday celebrations). Remy had never eaten with a ‘tall’ doggy before and quickly discovered he could coax the dog over to him by holding out a sweet potato covered hand.
It’s going well, but we don’t feed Remy 3 squares a day, we’re nowhere near that. I give him dinner about 5 times a week. He doesn’t actually eat very much and he’s breastfeeding to get almost all of his nutrients and caloric needs. So, yeah, that’s how meals are going around here. How about at your house?