Muhammad is 5 months now and I am planning on starting solids in a month or so (at 6 months) if he is ready for it. As it is, my family and sisters that are friends from their community have been giving me a lot of flack for the fact I haven't started him on cereal yet (puh-lease) and trying to tell me that women don't have enough milk to sustain a baby of this age without adding cereal and baby food (can someone tell that to 'the girls', because I still wake up soaked in milk every day mashaallah wa alhamdulilah) no matter how often and how much he drinks.
But I am so lost when it comes to starting solids, it seems so overwhelming for some reason and I know it shouldn't be. I get free baby food and baby cereal from wic so I may try some of that out but I am really interested in the whole idea of baby-led weaning (weird name since they aren't really weaning?) but I don't really know how to do it and I am petrified that he could choke. I think I will be scared off the first time he gags too even though that is normal. It makes a lot of sense from the articles I read though, so I do feel like its a good idea.
I know they make it sound like you can just feed them what you're eating but thats not true right? I mean there are still a lot of things they can't eat right away? And you aren't supposed to give them things with salt and I usually season my food quite a bit during cooking so I don't really see how they could have that. Plus, they can't eat meat right away, right?
Also how often do you feed them? I remember reading some where that you just give them like one meal a day at first for a couple of months or something? And you feed them breastmilk before and after? I am a little worried about the mess, too. How do you keep them from destroying the place if they are 'feeding themself'.
I just feel so confused and don't know where to start. Any tips/advice/additonal information?
Edited by musaafirah, 04 February 2010 - 09:54 PM.