Daisy has been having tastes of things every day since I decided we were ‘go’ with weaning. It’s still usually only one thing per day but today she had some bread, melon and pineapple at lunchtime and then she demolished a couple of broccoli spears at tea time. Of course, most of it is ending up on the floor or embedded in the folds of her neck, but she is really enjoying it, and she has a great grip. The fruit she was trying today was cut into large but relatively regular cubes, rather than sticks (it’d been prepared for a grown-up fruit salad), but she’s got her own way of anchoring them between her fingers and thumb,that is very effective for keeping a tight hold whilst still being able to suck at the fruit juice and gnaw at the exposed bits.
She also seemed to really love the bread she’s tried. It was actually homemade ‘beer and basil bread’ from the Guardian newspaper’s ‘Cook’ supplement last weekend. The ingredients are: self-raising flour, basil, sugar, salt, and beer! So, not really items among the typical recommended first foods, but she seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. I gave her fingers of the end crust, which were good and solid and excellent for sucking down to a mush.
The broccoli at tea time today was a fine reminder of just how messy this process is, but it’s also such great fun! So far, Daisy is just sitting on my lap to eat (or in her bouncy chair, but I know that’s not great as it’s on a bit too much of a recline). She’s getting close to sitting unsupported, but I think she’d still be flopping over a bit too much, and would look uncomfortable, if I sat her in a high chair on her own.
So far, she doesn’t seem to be experiencing any negative effects of her solids. Bits of courgette have also appeared in her nappy in the past few days, so a little is definitely passing through. Only 12 days to go now until she hits the magic 6-months, and we can start exploring all kinds of other things! Though based on my behaviour to date (see aforementioned beer bread), I’ll be surprised if I actually wait that long…