With the second child, you get to be more adventurous, throwing out all the what-if’s out the window along with the “baby manuals”. That’s how we were when Y turned 6 months and we got the go-signal from her pedia to introduce solids.
At first, we followed Baby-led Weaning which means that the child will feed himself soft foods. No mashed anything or utensils. Like with the picture above, Y happily mushed her steamed carrot. Most of it went into her bib and on the floor, though. Better to have a mat or newspaper on the floor for easier cleaning. We let her eat fruits (avocado, banana, pear, chayote) and veggies (broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, squash, sitaw) like this. So imagine the mess! I’m so thankful for Huggies Baby Wipes because it makes clean-up easy with its thick material which contains natural fibres. It gets the job done while being gentle on the baby’s skin with its aloe vera and Vitamin E. Huggies Baby Wipes are dermatological-tested and pH balanced so it is safe for the young ones. And because I’m particular about smell, this passed my test as there’s no fragrance or soap.
Recently, we’re supplementing her eating with a spoon because we introduced carbs (oats, brown rice, white rice, noodles). Although she still prefers eating with her hands, she gladly receives the spoon. But if she doesn’t like, then we don’t force it. At this age, we just want to enforce that meal time is a joyful moment with the family.
Along with eating comes the start of caring for one’s teeth. Y doesn’t have any teeth yet (but her gums are swollen already and had fever two weeks ago) but it’s never too early to establish good dental hygiene. For now, we use Spiffies Baby Toothwipes after every meal time. I hope she associates this with tooth-brushing once she has those pearly-whites! I like Spiffies because it is easy to use: open a packet, wrap the the wipe on your finger and then wipe your baby’s oral cavity! Simple and effective. It tastes good in grape and apple flavors! I know because I use it when we’re out and I feel like my teeth needs cleaning 😉 Since it is individually-packed, it is easy to put in the bag or pop one in the fridge to use as a cooling agent for sore teething gums.
I will compile simple recipes I prepare for Y as we become adventurous in feeding her. Hopefully, she won’t be a picky-eater (like me!) My advice to mamas out there on feeding: don’t make it seem like a task. If the baby eats, great. If not, try another time. Let go of the mess and just enjoy.