Daniel just ate something!
I decided I would carry on giving him a stick of raw veg to chomp on each evening while we ate our tea, because although he’s not six months old yet, his peers from our antenatal class are beginning to try pureed veg so I figured there’s nothing inherent about the veg that he shouldn’t have – we’d just need to be vigilant about bits coming off so that he didn’t choke or swallow a hard lump of something. So tonight it was a piece of red pepper.
Like the celery yesterday, he quickly got down to giving it a really good chomp. But unlike the celery, it was soft enough for him to start actually pulping down with his gums (and probably tasted a lot more appealing!) and in due course he got a few bits off it, not all of which ended up back out on the table!
About half way through this video you can see him gag slightly, pop a lump of pepper out towards his lips, and then take it back in again and give a funny little head-nod to the side as he swallows it!
Here’s a photo of what was left once we decided dinner time was over. I should have done a ‘before’ picture to assess the impact, but I think he managed to destroy about 2cm from what was about a 10cm stick initially.
He also turned the pepper long-ways on for a while and was gnawing at it like a corncob. And at one point he did a ‘look no hands’ and had it dangling out of his mouth like a big red tongue! (Sorry, didn’t capture either of those moments on the video).
I feel really pleased and encouraged, as he seems to really have the coordination to get something into his hand and from his hand to his mouth. Although tonight’s efforts were rather messy, I feel like he was being more efficient than a baby of his age might be with a spoonful of puree.
I think we’ll offer him some fruit pieces over the next few days (again, I figure this will be fine since his peers are having fruit puree already). However, I’ll wait until he’s six months before we try any breads or dairy.