Baby Bites: A Solid Start

by tinysneakers

At 6.5 months old, we finally took the leap into the world of solid foods for baby.

baby eating avocado

Sticky Fingers

As far as our approach to solids goes, regardless of food allergies, we’re going the way of finger foods. To me it just makes sense. A baby can get all the nutrition he needs before the age of one from breastmilk or formula; eating real food is just practice and a tool for development of fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and mouth skills. Yes, “mouth skills” is the technical term. {No.} baby fingers It seems to me that you develop those skills a lot better when you’re allowed to try them, not when someone is always sticking a spoon in your mouth for you. {Sometimes, sure. Or two spoons.} spoon feeding I guess technically you could say we’re doing baby led weaning, but really we’re just letting him eat in a way that’s similar to how we’re eating, although obviously adjusted for his age and lack of teeth. If we would eat it with a spoon, he can eat it with a spoon. If we eat it with our fingers, so can he. If we smash it, we’ll smash it for him. If we eat it whole, so can he. baby led weaningstarting solids with baby led weaning I wasn’t completely sure how it all would go, but we took the lead from him and any doubt I had is gone. Some foods he completely devours; others he plays with more. He doesn’t always seem to be eating a lot, but the content of his diapers lets us know he’s swallowing plenty. {Ooops, sorry, didn’t warn you that was coming.} Sometimes he wants our help and eats from our fingers, other times it’s gone before you can blink twice, no assistance needed. Regardless, he’s always mad when there’s no more food in front of him. Winking smile sideofsneakers-3259

Foods we’ve tried so far:


  • Sweet potatoes {baked like fries}
  • Avocados {raw slices/chunks}
  • Broccoli {steamed stalks}
  • Nectarines {whole with a small piece of skin peeled off/slices}
  • Banana {half with beginning of peel off}
  • Red pepper {roasted, peeled, & sliced}
  • Blueberries {whole but smashed so no choking}
  • Green beans {steamed, sliced in half lengthwise}
  • Figs {raw, chunks}
  • {See why we didn’t start with cereal here}
  • {List of baby-led weaning foods for 9 months}

baby's first finger foods It’s been the slightest bit nerve racking on occasion when it looks & sounds like he’s about to choke, but he’s managed to get the food out of the way every time. sideofsneakers-3260 I love feeding him foods that we would eat. He can see us eating them and know what to do, and hopefully learn to like a lot of different flavors and textures. Plus, when he decides he’s done eating, momma gets an extra snack. 😉 sideofsneakers-3573 Need more ideas for what to feed your little one? Check out Brittany’s Munchkin Meals! What was your baby’s first food?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanna @ Midwestern Bite August 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

Your pictures are amazing! I like to think I am a decent photographer but I am lousy with things that move around on me. LOVE the crab bib!! You don’t happen to know where it came from do you?


Mimi August 9, 2012 at 10:47 am



Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) August 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

Oh my gosh Heather, his eyes are amazing!
I love the list you made of good first foods, too. Hailey loves red peppers. I cut them into long strips and she scrapes all the “meat” off them like an artichoke 🙂


tinysneakers August 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

Aww that’s so cute! I’m amazed by the way they’re able to handle so many foods without a mouth full of teeth 🙂


Rachel Mc August 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

I read that a baby’s gag reflex is much higher on the tongue than an adult’s. So, when they are gagging and seem to be choking, the food is probably not close to the throat yet.

Craig gags at least once every time he eats, and he’s been eating finger foods for about 6 weeks. He gets a little overzealous. 🙂


tinysneakers August 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

I read the same thing which is why I think I can be somewhat calm about it- just another thing they need to learn how to do on their own!


Caitlin August 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

Aw his face in the last pic is priceless. I love reading about how all the mommy bloggers are easing their babies into food. So interesting to me especially since I was such a picky kid…hopefully your little guy keeps loving these healthy eats! Don’t let the kids on the playground tell him broc is icky! 😛


tinysneakers August 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

I know, I’m hoping I can make him love healthy foods now so I don’t have to worry about nagging him once he learns about all the junk food choices. We’ll see… 😉


Vicky (little baby, big city) August 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

We are doing real whole foods with our 6.5 month old too! We have feed him broccoli (steamed and roasted), streamed carrot, sweet potato, peaches, apple sauce…. Question, how do you handle gagging? Does your little one take really big bites? I hate to see it and I always think about chocking! We definitely don’t want to do purees… I took CPR so I know what to do.


tinysneakers August 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

I usually jump up and get ready to do the baby Hemleich when he gags…but if I give him a chance he always gets it up. Their gag reflex is just so sensitive- it seems like they’re choking but not really. He doesn’t take huge bites, but sometimes he doesn’t bite at all and tries to swallow the entire thing. That gets a little scary. 🙂


Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family August 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Your pictures are breathtaking! So glad you guys are enjoying solids at this point 🙂


tinysneakers August 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

Thank you!! It’s been a lot more fun than I expected, that’s for sure.


Sarah @ Our Little Belly Bean August 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

He just has the most gorgeous eyes ever!

Liam’s first food was sweet potatoes. We did avocados early on as well and they are one of his all time favorites! Definitely a good choice for baby’s first food!


tinysneakers August 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

Sweet potatoes and avocados are definitely his faves. I couldn’t get him more avocado fast enough haha.


Jen August 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

He’s so adorable, Heather. I’m so glad solids are going well. LOVE his crab bib. I try to buy W lots of crabby things… since it matches his personality 😉


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