Baby led weaning

Hannah - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have started weaning my 5 month old, and was giving her all the mush, but my friend has just told me about baby led weaning and I have just seen her 6 month old munch a breadstick, a lump of chesse and a slice of bread. I'm amazed!



I really want to try this, but does anyone have any experince of doing it? Is 5 months too young? I don't want to stop with the solids now I have started, but don't want to mess up my chance to do the baby led weaning by allowing my daughter to get set in her ways with purees. Any help would be gratefully received!

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Minnie - posted on 12/10/2009

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I'm curious as to why you would not want to stop the purees if your daughter is not developmentally ready for solids. Being able to sit unsupported, the development of the pincer grasp, and the ability to not only pick up food, but swallow it as well are signs that your baby is ready for solids. Can your baby do those yet? If she can't, it's very likely her gut is not ready for anything other than your milk. In fact, solids provide no benefit whatsoever over your own milk.



I waited until my daughter exibited the above signs before introducing solids to her. For her, this wasn't until 10 months. For your friend's baby, this is at six months. My daughter's first meal was lobster, potato salad, and an orange slice. At 13 months she's more than willing to try whatever I put in front of her and thoroughly enjoys it. But the great thing is that she only eats what she needs, goes at her own pace, and still nurses very frequently and takes probably 85-90% of her nutrition from me.



Here are a couple of articles and a couple of web sites on baby-led solids:



http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2007/j...



http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/...



http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintro...



http://www.tribalbaby.org/babyLedEating....

Laura - posted on 12/10/2009

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I would go with a mix. Keep up with the purees that have been started and offer some soft solids. This type of weaning may take longer because it is harder for the child to get calories. It seems to be more of a learning and exploration process, than a feeding process. keep up with the breast milk, this will be the major source of nourishment for a longer period of time. Keep a close eye when offering the solids in case of large bites and to prevent choking.

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Sarah - posted on 12/15/2014

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Carol, this is an old post, if you want more responses to your question, try starting your own post. You will get plenty of responses from this community.
I did this with all four of my kids, they are all great eaters now, but were definitely pickier when they were toddlers.

Carol - posted on 12/15/2014

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Does using the "baby led weaning" method decrease the chance of an older picky eater?

April - posted on 12/10/2009

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it is sort of funny...i started with purees (first rice cereal at 4.5 months) at 6 months, but my son wanted NOTHING to do with it. If he got a few bites down, it was because I had to trick him into it (won't be doing that with my next baby!!)



so the funny thing is...he decided to do the baby led weaning himself because he just flatly refuses to open his mouth if I give him purees! i had all these ideas of what raising a child was supposed to be like (they sleep in a crib, they eat purees, they drink out of bottles, etc..) now, i am learning that there are no "rules" for how to raise your child. I



Because of what I learned..I believe that you should trust your instincts with your daughter. she will tell you what the rules are...babies are all different and they know themselves too.



personally, with baby 2 (whenever that may be), i won't be doing purees. My son is extremely picky and it is probably because I shoveled food in his mouth that he was not interested in. I noticed that he is MUCH HAPPIER when he is eating "table scraps", which he is just starting to learn to enjoy....he's 11 months old.



so anyway...i support you in your decision to do BLW. I also think that you can still give her purees and it can still be considered BLW if you let her spoon-feed herself. it's worth a try! remember...you and your baby make the rules and they may not be the same as other people's rules!

Minnie - posted on 12/10/2009

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Babies are always interested in things we do. I think that if she's hungry she needs more of your milk :). If you really want to do baby-led solids, you've got to leave it up to her.

Hannah - posted on 12/10/2009

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Quoting Lucy:

 Amelia is very take it or leave it with food and thats the whole point in BLW, to let thebaby decide if they want to eat and how much.

Personally i would stop the purees until your baby can do the things lisa listed and wait until she uses her initiative and decides to grab and chew food herself.



Thanks, good idea, I think I will sit her in her high chair while we eat and just see what happens, and stop the purees for now and see what she chooses to eat. Although will she miss the purees? I have been giving them at lunch time, and it seems to me she gets hungry for solids and milk from me just won't do.



I wasn't expecting my second child to be another learning curve, but there is always something new to learn!

Hannah - posted on 12/10/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

I'm curious as to why you would not want to stop the purees if your daughter is not developmentally ready for solids.


Hi Lisa,



thanks very much for the links which I will check out.



In response to the above, I have started her on purees as I do believe she is ready for solids, but my query is whether to try a completely different type of weaning from what I did for my first daughter?



From what I understand about baby led weaning is that you go straight to finger foods and miss out the purees altogether as they are not considered neccessary.



I agree milk is still her main source of nutrition, and solids are more for fun and experimentation at this stage, but I would like to hear more from other mums who have done the baby led weaning and whether there is any reason to need to wait until 6 months plus, or if she is showing the neccessary signs at 5 months can I try it? ( She sits up, grabs the spoon, seems to enjoy what she eats).



I have been led to believe that baby led weaning will mean your child is a much less fussy eater which is a big appeal! I just have no experience of doing it so anyone who has tried it I would love to hear your stories.

Lucy - posted on 12/10/2009

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Amelia is 8months and is baby led weaned, we started when she first grabbed at my food and put it in her mouth. This was just before she turned 6months, she was sitting up unsupported. Amelia is very take it or leave it with food and thats the whole point in BLW, to let thebaby decide if they want to eat and how much.



Personally i would stop the purees until your baby can do the things lisa listed and wait until she uses her initiative and decides to grab and chew food herself.

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