When Liam was 3 months old (and even before) I read online that mothers started their little ones (who were Liam’s age) on solids already. My doctor advised against this because studies now show babies who were introduced to food too early are prone to developing allergies. Solids are recommended between the ages 4-6 months depending on if the baby is even ready. They should be sitting on their own, show an interest in food, and have outgrown the reflex to spit the food directly back out.
I decided early that I wanted to wait until Liam was 6 months before we started. Well, at his 4 month doctor’s appointment, he told us if we wanted to Liam was ready to eat. He was already sitting on his own, was very active, watched us eat, and grabbed objects and put them in his mouth. I thought about it and decided he was ready, and since he was sitting and rolling and moving around so much, he probably needed something more than breast milk! We started with avocados.
According to wholesomebabyfood.com: Avocado makes a great first food for baby due to its texture and creaminess; an extra bonus is that avocado is full of “good” fats and has a high nutrient content! Avocados are often called one of nature’s perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive. A wonderful “good fat” food for baby’s brain and physical development, try an avocado as baby’s first food instead of refined cereals.
We skipped rice and oatmeal cereals and started with homemade avocado puree. The first time he had it, he fed himself with the spoon!
He was definitely ready and I’m happy with our decision! Although if he wasn’t as ready as he was, we would have happily waited until 6 months!
Making baby food at home is easy and safer than jarred baby food. Avocados are super easy because all you do is mash and go! Here are detailed steps for making avocados ready for baby to eat!
Cut avocado in half, remove hard round center, scrape avocado into bowl. Add a little water to mix. Mash until pureed.
After he eats, there are leftovers. Avocado browns fast so I put plastic wrap over it inside the jar and push it down. When I use it the next day, the top layer is dark green/light brown and I take that layer off then stir the puree, put a little in a bowl for him, then wrap it back up and put it in the fridge!
Only use refrigerated leftovers for a couple days. Start a new avocado or FREEZE leftovers to reuse for longer periods of time.
He is still only eating avocados (with the occasional banana for teething), but I will update his next food and how we make/store it!