We weren't going to do cereal, as there aren't all that many benefits to it. The iron theory isn't as accurate as many health professionals say it is. We are told that babies have lost the iron they are born with when they turn 6 months. Studies have disproved this theory stating that the only begin to loose it at around 6 months. I also have a few friends who have tried the commercially produced rice cereal and have had negative reactions to it such as hives and constipation.
Alan wanted to try to oatmeal cereal for babies, so we did. What a joy this has been. He was a little hesitant at first however, now he lunges in for it. It is so cute.
Tonight he sat in his highchair at the table and couldn't get enough. We also gave him a little bit of water with apple juice for flavour. Funny funny reactions. I of course want to limit his water intake as I still want breast milk to be his main source of nutrition. I don't want him to fill up on water, as there is no nourishment or fat in it. I do want him to enjoy eating, and to help him to be a happy and good eater when he is bigger.
As for Baby Led Weaning, I will be doing a modified version if it. I am not wanting to wean Sutton from the breast just yet, but I am wanting to introduce him to REAL food, in the form in which adults eat it. I have been reading Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley, and it is fantastic. So logical. I look forward to not pureeing foods and spoon feeding.
To contradict myself though, we did do baby cereal where we spoon fed Sutton and let him feed himself as well.
Here are some pictures, which I will cherish forever!!!
Alan helping Sutton eat, he was leaning forward to get to it faster!
He loved the spoon and trying to get the food off! Ahhh, such a big boy!
Yum! He was licking it off his hands!
Water with a smidge of apple juice, it must have been sour!!! (I found a sippy cup which Sutton will actually drink out of, and he does it by holding it himself. It is the Tilty Cup. Hopefully he will drink breastmilk from it, as he is refusing the bottle still and the other sippy cup we have.)