We asked our doctor when do you transition your baby from purees to solids. His answer was, "Ohhh just have fun with it. This is a fun time. Experiment and try different things. If you give her something and she starts (here he makes the choking sound) then you know she's not ready for it. Joey and I both looked at each other and just laughed. The thought of your baby choking is very frightening and giving them something for the first time to try and eat is so nerve wrecking. But the doctor was right. That's pretty much how it works.
So far we have tried bananas, avocados, carrot coins, and french toast. Everything went down well except the french toast. She made the little choking gestures and we got it out of her mouth. I think because of the bread it was hard for the french toast to dissolve in her mouth. That's when I thought about making the 1-2-3 Flourless pancake recipe that I eat but using apple sauce instead of peanut butter. Last weekend, I thought I would give the thought a try and see how it went.
These pancakes were a success and Ava (and Georgia) loved them. They have been great with helping us transition her from purees to solids. They are soft and dissolve well in her mouth making them easier for her to swallow (since she still doesn't have any teeth at 9 months). One batch makes quite a few pancakes so I store the leftovers in the refrigerator and send a few with her to daycare.
I break them into little pieces for her to easily grab and feed herself. Ava just recently started feeding herself using her fingers. Usually 5 out 10 pieces actually make it into her mouth. The rest end up on the floor. She can pick the pieces up but still learning how to actually get them in her mouth. That's where our dog Georgia comes into play. This is the ONLY thing Ava has tried that our dog Georgia has liked. When she sees the pancakes come out she runs to Ava's high chair hoping to catch any of her falling pieces of pancakes. Ava loves it! She thinks Georgia is just there to see her.
When making these pancakes you can substitute and tweak this recipe in many different ways. Instead of using apple sauce you can use any pureed fruit or veggie. I left the vanilla in the recipe for a little extra flavor. I also used my favorite little silver dollar pancake griddle to make cute little baby sized pancakes for Ava. I am in love with this griddle. It's quick and easy to use, and with a little bit of coconut oil in each section before you begin, you won't have to worry about the batter sticking to the griddle.
Have you tried pancakes with your little one? What are some foods that helped your baby transition from purees to solids?
1-2-3 Flourless Pancakes for Babies