Baby-led weaning....I did not do it with Zoe and she has all kinds of food issues. DH and I have decided to do the opposite approach with Liam and I bought a book on BLW. I figured this board may have ppl with experience doing no baby food/purees. I may need to ask questions and such as we approach the 6 mos mark and begin introducing Liam to table food.
We didn't religiously do no purees, we did use them on occasion, but we let our babies self feed along with occasionally spoonfeeding them (things like yogurt). Generally we just threw soft food on their tray and let them go at it!
By 9 months they were entirely self feeding. It was pretty easy, but I didn't really follow any method, I just kindov went with it based on gut instinct. With #2 it was a simple necessity as I had a 19 month old when she was 6 months and started solids, so I didn't have a ton of time to sit around spoon feeding a baby who was more than capable of getting solids to her own mouth. Both of my kids are terrific eaters with no food allergies or aversions. I plan to do the same with #3. I think that both kellymom and wholesomebabyfood had sections on it, if I remember correctly.
After serious hospital issues, Sarahsunshine's DSS was fed through a tube for several years and never developed a desire to eat, suck or chew. His parents fed him whatever they could get down him. At 11 years of age now, he still prefers to have soft foods and will put on a gagging display if he doesn't like something. His favorite food now (other than plain pizza or Kraft dinner) is Ethiopian. He was very proud the other evening that he ate so much that he threw up! Good grief....
But Reed and Ivy were both excellent eaters. They never ate baby food and always sat in their highchairs to feed themselves. Ivy will scream bloody murder if you try to spoon feed her. Ivy even likes to eat nuts which surprised me.
Good luck with Liam! A fussy eater is a royal pain. It is one area where a child can take total control and manipulate the parents. Sarah has worked very hard to change things with DSS and has had success. Lots of it I believe was training his father.... At his Mom's place...well whatever!
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
Color me confused... what do no purees have to do with baby-led weaning? We didn't do processed baby foods for either baby, except for a very few jars of sweet potatoes & carrots which I wanted to introduce but don't cook. I can't stand sweet potatoes (unless they're french-fried, LOL) and we eat our carrots raw. DH has some food allergies so we were careful to introduce things individually & slowly, but once we got past that initial introduction, we basically just fed them whatever we were eating or stuff that's easy to throw stuff on the tray & let them feed themselves. The messy stuff, yogurt, mashed potatoes, guacamole, we use a spoon. Weston now wants to feed himself off a spoon, so I use 2 of them, I dip one & set it down, he picks it up & eats & puts it down, and I have the next one ready to go.
Weston is still nursing, but I mostly let Tiven decide when to stop nursing. We did set some mutually-agreed boundaries as she got older, when she was about 20-22 months we stopped nursing outside the house, then we only nursed in bed, and finally we only nursed at bedtime. And then one night I realized that it had been a couple of weeks since she'd asked to nurse.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!
I think that people use the term differently. Since technically any introduction of foods other then breastmilk is a step towards weaning, some use BLW to mean introducing solids.
I always used it to mean actual weaning from the breast at some point much further down the road.
I think? that KVO was asking about introducing solids, not stopping nursing.
yes, the term "baby led weaning" is super confusing, because of the association of the word "weaning" to stopping breastfeeding. In this context, "weaning" refers to the start of the process by which babies transition from breastmilk only to eating solids. They call it "baby led" because the baby has complete contol over how much solid food he eats. I prefer calling it the "no spooning" method or "baby led solids". Using it or not has nothing to do with the timing of the cessation of breastfeeding. I talk a little bit about it and have some links in the sticky I wrote for the homemade baby food board.
I have never done a finger-food only solids introduction myself (I enjoy making purees), but I have two IRL friends who have done it. I do a lot of finger foods--mostly diced fruits and veggies and, later, things like cheerios, torn up bread, noodles, cheese, etc. I also bought DS a Munchkin mesh feeder and have given him bananas and canteloupe in it, which he enjoys and I don't have to worry at all about choking.
Just the wikipedia article about it is pretty interesting. It sounds like what I wanted to do anyway (makes a lot of sense!) but I didn't know there was a name for it. What book did you get, Kristen?
I think that we did BLW, but I never read a book about it or even talked about it with anyone. I just always ate with DS or DD on my lap (or in a sling), and if they were super interested in what we were eating (intuitive mind reading), then I would offer them some after I chewed it. With DS it was a banana at about 4mo, with DD it was something else around 6 months. At first things were few and far between, then it got tobe more frequent. At about 6mo, we started putting them in a high chair at the table (mostly so I could actually eat with 2 hands!!!) and gave them some of what was offered a the meal. If they took it, fine, if they didn't, fine. No big deal. DS LOVED asparagus at christmas when he was about 6 months old! It was his first real thing that he ate not pre-chewed.
I guess it may be a good thing (but maybe not) that I never new that there were certain things that you are not supposed to introduce babies to. DS loved strawberries and peanut butter and went nuts over scrambled eggs at 8 mo.
DH bought baby cereal for DS at one point because he knew it was what you were "supposed" to start solids with. On the other hand, I think he only made it for DS once, and DS was not in the least bit interested. I think it was because it didn't taste like anything. Oatmeal was far better as far as he was concerned!
Skyler Dylan 22 April 1999
Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012
I love that I learn so much here I had no idea that this had a name and was a process. I did the jarred baby food route with my older 2 kids, but it was one of my "cause everyone else does it" moments and I really didn't feed them too much baby food. I normally let them eat from my plate (which completely freaked my mom out) and did some pre-chewing for them. Honestly though the reason I did it was mostly out of laziness. I wanted to eat supper, they were sitting on my lap and seemed interested so I figured why not when they reached for my food and stuck it in their own mouth.
I'm interested now in what book you bought Kristen. I'd like to learn more.
(I will be e-mailing the link wikipedia link to my mom and maybe I can get her on board so she doesn't freak when Clara eats from my plate like the other kids did. I think my mom fed my kids more baby food when she was watching them than I ever did. Apparently she has more time on her hands or doesn't like her food hot like I do )
Sarah--I gave Zoe peanut butter, strawberries, and eggs too w/no adverse effects. Liam seems to have some difficulty digesting milk protein via BM right now, but hoping that disappears soon.
For those who asked about the book, here's a link to the companion site....
Sorry about the "weaning" confusion. It is also referred to as baby led solids.