Baby Led Solids: Research & Experiments

Baby Led Solids: Research & Experiments

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Baby eating yogurt
Most mornings I make myself a smoothie for breakfast. I usually throw in a banana and some spinach, then throw in whatever else I have lying around. The past few mornings I have thrown in whatever bits of food Buttercup was offered/played with/did not consume into the blender and drank them myself. Maybe that sounds gross to some people, but I cannot bear the thought of wasted food. We're in a recession, people!!

This morning I tossed some yogurt into my smoothie (nothing fancy, just plain-label low-fat yogurt) and decided to offer some to Buttercup. One of the reasons I'm doing Baby-Led Solids is that I want my baby to be an independent little food explorer. So, with that in mind, I put some yogurt on a grippable spoon and handed it to her to feed. My kid's no dummy! She put it straight in her mouth and started sucking on the yogurt! Then she made a horrible face. I'm sensing a theme here. Honestly, I think the face-making thing is just her way of saying, "Hey, now that's a new sensation!" But, she didn't seem overly excited about the yogurt. She had about three spoonfuls and I ate the rest.

Interesting funfact: yogurt apparently stings when it gets in your eyes. That's what Buttercup thought, at least. Who knew?

PROS: cute to watch baby use a spoon by herself
CONS: hurts the peepers


  1. I know I'm way behind the times here, but I just found you're blog after a Google search, and I'm super excited to have found it! This is all so helpful! My baby boy will be 6 months next week, and I'm getting some great ideas.

    Just wondering what your take on dairy is... Don't "they" say to wait until a year? I know the AAP recently released new info on that, but I thought cow's milk was still a no-no. Thoughts?

  2. We tried yogurt for the first time today! Baby A made that face (I'm sure its the same Buttercup made!) but continued to want more! She ended up consuming quite a bit, I was impressed for her first time with yogurt and a spoon! (Baby A is 6 1/2 months and we have been doing BLS since the beginning of the month.)

    Thank you for this blog, it really was the one resource I really found to be helpful when I started my research on BLS. Like you ,I didn't find much out there! Then one happy day, I found your blog. I showed it to my husband, and we agreed that this was going to be the right approach for our babe! Thank you for helping us to learn from your and Buttercup's experiences!

  3. Awwww, glad you're enjoying it. I so enjoy teaching our babies to love food.