6 months baby

Yes, I already wrote William’s six month baby update post, but I have more to add with fun photos I wanted to share.  William had his six month doctor appointment earlier this week.

6months doctor

He has gotten SO BIG!

To be exact, 26.5 inches and 16 pounds 8.6 ounces!  From his four-month appointment, he went from the tenth percentile in weight to the twenty-fifth, and the twenty-fifth percentile in height to the fiftieth!  Growing baby!

6months scale

And this was the first time he didn’t cry being placed on the scale.

Yaya came with us, as she always does!

yaya 6months

so.much.love.  so.much.happiness.

William got his six month shots.  He was a champ!  Yes, he screamed right after, but was quickly consoled and seemed fine the rest of the day.

bandaid

Spiderman bandaid and a big ol’ chunky leg!  I imagine this is only the beginning of superheroes… 🙂

Last night baby William had his first taste of food!  The doctor gave me the choice between starting oatmeal or rice first, and I chose oatmeal.  He explained that babies get the majority of their nutrition from breastmilk the first year of their life.  By six months, he recommends starting food, so babies learn how to eat off a spoon and swallow food since apparently it’s a different motion than just swallowing milk.

You’re “allowed” to start solids anytime between four and six months, but I felt absolutely no rush.  I love nursing William.  Plus, it’s so easy (now) and convenient.  Nothing to buy, no bottles to wash (except while I’m at work), and you don’t have to worry about heating anything up.  I’m always ready for him and he nurses as he pleases.  It did make me a little sad that we are moving past exclusively breastfeeding, but also incredibly happy that I have a healthy baby boy ready for solids.  On to the next stage!  We started with oatmeal mixed with breastmilk.  Photo evidence:

first time eating oatmeal

He did really well!  He smeared it all over his face and was sucking the extra off his little fingers.  Nom nom nom.  I do plan on making William’s baby food once we move past oatmeal and begin fruits and vegetables.  Any tips or tricks for that? What should I make first?  (I’ve heard peas, sweet potatoes, and squash for vegetables.)

Oh, and his second tooth popped up!  William continues to be the happiest baby ever:

6months smile

so.many.baby.rolls!

I love when he grabs his feet:

6months feet

I love everything about him!  He’s perfect.

Moms: What was your baby’s first food?

30 thoughts on “6 months baby

    • haha SO MESSY! i took his shirt off this morning and he somehow managed to get his pants dirty! guess we’re going with diapers only from now on! 🙂

  1. He is just so cute, you can see that little personality in his eyes and smile! The first food we started kiddos on was the nasty looking rice cereal stuff — don’t remember which veggie?

  2. He is so cute and so healthy! Love it. I think my boys first real food was cereal too. It is always hilarious watching them try to eat it (or spit it out) the first time. 🙂

  3. I love the website http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com for baby food recipes and ideas for when to start certain foods.

    At the advice of my doctor i started my little girl with cereal, than avocado, than green vegetables, than yellow, than orange, than fruit. This is so that she didn’t get a taste for sweet things and not like anything else. So far it has worked for us. She has been eating solids for 2 months and hasn’t tried anything she doesn’t like!

  4. I can’t believe he’s already 6 months and starting solids! I always recommend to patients to include iron rich foods in a baby’s first foods (because their iron stores start running out around 6 months) – so maybe try pureed beans, finely ground meat, and even soft scrambled (but fully cooked) eggs! 🙂

  5. Congrats little man to making it to your six month milestone!
    I started my son off with Oatmeal as well and also mixed it with Breast Milk. I then moved on to veggies before fruit using the stop like method (Red/Orange, yellow then Green Veggies) He loves Avocadoes especially spread on toast. I also made all his food and baked using my breast milk for baby muffins and pancakes =0)

    • I haven’t heard of that before – I’ve mostly heard of starting with green veggies first. Do you know the reason behind starting with red or orange first? I’m so curious!

      • I meant to say that I did the stop light method. I started off with the green veggies then worked toward yellow/orange then Red. Sorry for the confusion!

  6. Ohhhh my, I just love his little rolls! Such a happy looking little guy!

    I think we tried bananas, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash first with peas and carrots soon after that! Starting solids made me kind of anxious for some reason (maybe just because it was a new phase I had to adapt to that also I knew nothing about?), but it ended up all being a really smooth and easy transition for us. I did a mix of jars of baby food and doing homemade. Initially I was ALL about doing homemade, but then quickly realized that Hunter changed his mind about what he liked what seemed like every other day! This made making big batches of stuff a little frustrating. I did do some stuff though. I’d steam it, puree it in a food processor with a little breastmilk, and then freeze it in ice cube trays. Easy peasy!

  7. What a cutie patootie. And healthy and growing. Each phase with your kids is such fun. I loved the baby food stage because it was always such a fun time to interact with your baby. Looks like he is growing like a champ and happy and you must be too 🙂

  8. My boy just turned 4 months. I agree with you, I am in no rush to start solids. He is good with his head but doesn’t have full, unwobbling control of his head just yet. He would be a bobble head in the high chair!

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  10. 6 months! Holy crap. Time is flying by. He is growing so good! 🙂 My little guy actually went down from 15th %ile in weight to 8th at his 9 month appt. last week 😮 The Dr. said she’s not worried though bc he grew a lot in height and has recently started crawling everywhere. Lots of avocado, cheese, etc. to plump him up a bit! 😉

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