We started introducing solids once Cesar started showing interest in solids, through for instance, picking up small pieces of food from our plate and putting it into his mouth. This only happened around 9 months sparingly and more around 11 months old. What Weston Price explained made sense and so his first solids were egg yolk from soft boiled eggs (not the white as they can develop allergies if given too early) and later avo.
We’d make our own pureed foods, though not often (and I mostly ended up eating them for my dessert lol) as he preferred more chewing action for his teething. So we got him this little feeder with a net, where you can place in fruits or other foods, so he could chew on it and whatever was chewed would come out pureed through the net (which is also nice if you are concerned about choking). Here we mostly did banana, this seemed to be his preference and later I also found out that banana contains within itself already the enzymes to break down starches – which a baby only develops once his molars are through.
Then only recently I found out that it might be better to skip the purees all together, where it’s better for a child to go from breastfeeding to chewing due to tongue posture and how the jaw and so the whole face develops overtime. Pureed foods not requiring much action from the mouth and jaw would then lead to underdevelopment and could cause problems down the line in terms of teeth alignment and entire facial structure and development. I found out about this when I noticed my jaws were asymmetrical when reviewing some recent vlogs lol, and then stumbled on the field of orthotropics. It’s quite interesting, this channel as a lot of information on it: https://www.youtube.com/user/Orthotropics
Overall it seemed that his relationship with solids was very much about just exploring taste and texture, playing with it more than eating. In some countries they’re now advocating starting babies on solids from 3 months old. There seems to be quite the rush to start baby on solids as its then easier for other people to take care of them while the parents can go back to work. I mainly worked with Cesar and his body as indicators on how to move with solids, since there’s so much conflicting information about what one ‘should ‘ and ‘should not’ do. I decided that going back to simplicity and simply following his body’s development would be my best cue.