Minna - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )
I was sort of inspired to bring up this subject because of some responses to the cereal in formula thread. Some folks said the point of cereal is to learn to use a spoon... this I kind of disagree with.
For those who don't know, baby led weaning is where you give your baby the chance to start solids on his or her own, skipping the step where you spoon feed mush foods. Just for quick simple reference: http://babyledweaning.com/
There is a lot of controversy on the topic. People say that giving your kid the chance to feed independently increases the chance of choking, and boy what a mess! Even my pediatrician was concerned when I told her this was what we were doing with my daughter. She mentioned that because cereal is so vitamin and mineral rich we might be depriving our daughter of nutrition.
A lot of docs will speak against it because it is not what they are taught. I think this is the same with a lot of moms also. What are your opinions on the matter? Have you tried it?
In the long run, it has been an amazingly easy and wonderful route for us. My 1 year old can and will eat ANYTHING we put in front of her. We haven't ever struggled with preparing separate meals or spending 30 minutes trying to feed her when she just doesn't have the attention span. We plan to keep on using this method with our son when he is born and old enough. No baby cereal for us, bottled or spoon fed!