Elias is growing so fast and is learning something new every single day. He's already 9 months old, weighs 20 pounds, crawls everywhere, pulls himself up with ease, opens cabinet doors and can empty a drawer full of things he shouldn't have, in the blink of an eye. He's definitely keeping me on my toes lately and changing so fast it's hard to keep up. Of course I'm loving + soaking up every minute of it.
One thing that's changed over the last couple of months has been the introduction of eating solids. Elias is still breastfed and will continue to be, but in addition to that, we've allowed him try table foods and some pureed foods. At first, he was just NOT a fan. He gagged, threw up, cried, mushed up the food and eventually threw it on the floor. He just wasn't ready. And as much as I wanted to force the issue, I didn't.
I think as parents, you really have to just do what you feel is right and what best suits your little babe. For Elias, that meant letting him explore food on his own and not pressing the issue when it came to eating solids. Because if there's one thing I've learned about Elias over the last 9 months, it's that he takes his time with everything he does. And when he's ready, he lets us know.
So he's really taken his time over the last couple of months with food and has just come around to the idea of eating over the last few weeks. We've found that he especially loves Ella's Kitchen baby food. We feel good feeding it to him because it's 100% organic, no added juice, preservatives or artificial ingredients. And bonus- he truly enjoys it! Right now, his favorite combo is apples, sweet potatoes, pumpkin + blueberries. The first time we fed it to him I prepared myself for him to gag, throw up or hate it, but much to our surprise, he ate it, then opened his mouth for more. He even reaches for the spoon to try and feed himself and dances after he takes a bite. It's THE cutest thing.
Since Elias is eating more solids, I now get to use our Nuby Feeding Spoons and I love them! They come 5 to a pack, so I always have one clean and ready to use. They're also dishwasher safe and come clean really easy. The handles are longer than normal spoons too, so if you are feeding from a deep bowl or out of a baby jar, the spoon can reach the bottom with ease, keeping your fingers nice and clean. I also love that they're not only easy for me to hold, but they're easy for Elias to hold too, so when he grabs the spoon and wants to feed himself, he can.
We've loved this journey of feeding Elias solids and once again are learning as parents to slow down and let our baby lead the way. I never want to force an issue with our children just for the sake of us watching them "do" something new. And I never want to rush a milestone or new stage. If anything, I want the stage to last as long as possible because I know how quickly they pass.
Watching him explore foods over the last few months has been such a learning experience for us. We've watched him go from hating certain foods, turning his head in protest to trying food, gagging and throwing up to feeding himself, taking small bites and opening his mouth for more. I truly get so much joy watching him change, grow and learn and I especially love knowing that we allowed him to do those things on his own time and in his own way.
Until Next Time,
R + D + E
I was given the Nuby Feeding Spoons for my review and was not compensated for this post. The opinions above are my own.