I was going through an old box of books the other day and found my copy of Baby & Toddler Cookbook. I bought it when I was pregnant with Vivienne. I was so excited to make good food for my kid and skip all the baby food jars. I remember really enjoying the food and upping the ingredient amounts do that I too could munch with her. It was pretty cool watching her transition from breastmilk to sitting up at the table with me and eating food. I would talk and she would babble and there’d be lots of giggles. We still like to have dates where she and I alone go out to eat and chat.

How did I know when she was ready? She was sitting up completely unassisted and her motor skills were developed enough that she could grab food and bring it to her own mouth. But beyond that I knew the recommendations were to wait until six months to allow her gut to mature and to make sure that she was physically able to chew and swallow. By six months babies usually lose their tongue thrust patterns which allows them to swallow things other than liquid efficiently and safely. Also, I knew that I was giving her the best immunity protection (while breastmilk continues to give immunities throughout the duration that a child is nursing, it is at its greatest when the child is nursing exclusively) with my milk and I didn’t want supply to be altered by the introduction of foods too early.

There is a lot of evidence out there to support waiting to introduce solids until six months of age. I was going to go gather all the evidence and link to everything, but luckily Kellymom and Dr. Sears have done it for us all!

Remember food before one is just for fun and that the main source of nutrition for the first 12 months, and certainly for the first six, is breastmilk and/or formula.

Happy eating!