Baby led Weaning??? what the heck is that?….I know that was my reaction when I first heard of it but I was intrigued and wanted to know more, I loved the idea behind it so let me share it with you.
So basically it means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning, no mushy purees no jars of baby food…allowing your baby to figure out their own gag reflex. My first reaction was my baby is going to choke…but I did my research and decided to try it for myself, and guess what! she didn’t choke at all!
Now the important information you will need to know is your baby has to be at least 6 mths, can grasp objects and hold on.
The distinct advantage of weaning at around six months is that by then, our children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves proper food.
You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they will eat it and if they don’t like it they won’t eat it, it’s that simple.
My favourite part of BLW is the way babies learn to eat…which makes complete sense; the difference between BLW and traditional weaning. With a puree, they learn to swallow first and then chew, which is all well until they eat a chuck of food and gag!!!!. With BLW, the babies learn to chew first and swallowing might come some time later.
Now if this doesn’t sound good enough, let me share a little story with you from my home. My son loved his purees and wouldn’t eat anything but….fast forward 20mths old now and gags at anything to chunky won’t eat meat and if a texture crosses his tongue and he doesn’t like it watch out because if it isn’t off his tongue fast enough he will throw up everything he was just fed!
I’m not saying he is a product of purees but I’m not taking my chances with my daughter this time! We started BLW the other week and she enjoys slices of toast with butter, sticks of carrots, banana sticks, and yogurt to name a few. Today I will be giving her cubed up sweet potato, which I think she will really love to bits…literally!