So far the transition has been MUCH easier than it was with the older 2 boys. Since Wrennyn is older he is was more aware of what is going on. Of course, the very first time with pureed food he gagged a bit, but it didn't take him long to decide he liked it! The other boys took about 2 weeks to really get the hang of eating. Wrennyn took 3 days. He is much more eager to get the spoon into his mouth and taste the flavor of the day! Where the other boys always resisted sat first. There is way less stress and mess with transitioning to solids with an older baby. Wrennyn certainly isn't gagging his food down and he isn't confused about what is going on, he is excited and engaged during every feeding and I wouldn't have it any other way! I am so glad we waited for him to show signs of being ready on his own, I wish I had known I had that option the other 2 times around!
Here are some of my favorite meal time products that help make it easy and fun for our babe to enjoy:
These textured Oogaa baby spoons (find them here) that create stimulation and interest as the food enters the mouth. Wrennyn loves these spoons so much that after only having been on solids for a week he prefers them over any other feeding utensils we use. He tends to hang onto them long after meal time is over. Also, we did a review on Oogaa a while back (see it here) see why we are huge fans of the brand! But not only that, Wrennyn tends to chew the incorrect side of the spoon and most spoons would be metal at the handle... thankfully the Oogaa spoons are silicon on all sides so there is no injuries to his sensitive gums during meals!
These large adain and anais bibs (find them here) or these Gib's Bibs that my awesome client makes (find them here) both are soft and have great coverage - especially since Wrennyn is big enough to swipe the spoon and bowl it helps keep the messes easy to clean!
If you have any questions on waiting on solids I would love to answer them - keep in mind these are all just based on my personal experience - it isn't the same for every baby!
** I know doctors say at 4 months a baby is technically ready and, or can handle solids. Just because they can handle them doesn't mean they are ready for them. Rowan always resisted them at first, and got very upset tummy in those first few weeks of transitioning - I just think if we had waited for him to show signs that he may have had a much easier time making the change. First time moms are always a little overwhelmed and unsure - so it is natural that we take an "experts" advice. But the truth is, you have mother's intuition for a reason, there are many things that you are doing just right, you just don't give yourself enough credit! I am so glad after 3 kids I am finally starting to feel confident in doing things my way!