Solids and Baby Led Weaning

Next month, Y will turn 6 months old. That means she will start eating solids! And that means I have to prepare and research everything I need to know about preparing and feeding solids to Y. There's so much information out there! (Which reminds me, I have The Baby Book by Dr. Sears and Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care. Must read that!) I also asked fellow moms what they fed their babies when they started eating.
But first. babies must show signs that they are ready to start solids. Here's a rundown of the signs: (According to the LLL website)

  • he is about six months old
  • he can sit up without any support
  • he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething
  • he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
  • he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)
I'm firm on not feeding Y with Cerelac (though I love eating Cerelac up until today! LOL.) or Gerber. Base on what I have read, Cerelac and Gerber can make your baby become picky eaters. I certainly don't want Y to be picky. Natural food all the way. Now, a friend of my sister texted me this:
5 1/2 months old: Feed milk via spoon once a day AM para ma-practice
6 months old: Plain rice cereal. Introduce one (kind) food at a time and wait for four days before introducing another. (What you can feed her) Squash, potato, sweet potato, carrots, sayote, banana, applesauce, papaya, peaches, green papaya, broth
Around 8-9 months: Meat, brocolli, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, spinach
Around 10-12 months: Yogurt and egg
I think this is a pretty good guide. Another food guide that I saw was from

Halfway through reading and researching, I still don't know what to feed Y first. And then I remember I read an article about avocados as an ideal first food. I think I also read in Jenny fed Naima avocados as her first food if I'm not mistaken. Why avocados? 
From wholesomebabyfood:
Avocados are often called one of nature's perfect foods because they are said to contain everything a person needs to survive.
The unsaturated fats it contains are good for baby's brain developmentas well as their central nervous system.
Its smooth texture is perfect as well as being nutritious. Avocados contain no salt or cholesterol, but do contain iron, potassium, fibre and vitamin E.
I hope avocados will be in season next month! :) Can't wait!

While we're on the subject on feeding solids, I also have read about baby led weaning. Baby led weaning simply means letting a child feed themselves and skipping the purees. Can I mix baby led weaning and feeding her? I can't wait to feed her but I'm also curious to see what Y will do if I decided on baby lead weaning. Hmmm... I still have a month to decide. A month to research, to buy whatever I need to buy. 

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