When it is time to start (wean) baby on to food, what are your options? With my first I went down the traditional route of purées and mush, which to be honest was an absolute chore, especially if my laborious homemade food ended up on the floor! 😒
With my second I decided to try baby led weaning. The main reason being that Zeyna completely rejected the mush! Let me tell you mama’s it was one of the best decisions. BLW is basically encouraging your child to eat the natural way of chewing (or gnawing with their gums) before they swallow, as opposed to learning how to swallow before you chew as is the case with purées. You just hand them a piece of food and let them chew/gnaw at it...if they like they’ll eat it, if not then they won’t. There are certain ‘guidelines’ that you need to follow in order to prevent them from choking and obviously appropriate foods for their age. With Zeyna I started her off with half a slice of lightly toasted and buttered whole wheat toast, crumpets, bananas, avocado. Basically food she could hold and gnaw at! It went down a treat and was no more extra work than making my own breakfast. No more weird food combos, boiling, steaming, food processors, ice cube trays, you get the idea! 😉
As she started on real food from the beginning, she’s a confident self feeder and from an early age learnt how to eat all foods, even smaller foods like peanuts and grapes without choking...she would always chew first! .
A few handy tips:
1. Let baby eat dry foods like toast on a washable/wipeable blanket on the floor, as they like to throw and eat! 🤦♀️
2. Use a bib that catches the food, I like the silicone ones from @oxotot
3. Give baby what you are eating minus the salt/sugar! Prepare the food, take out for baby add salt, seasonings after! .
Check out this website for more info and YouTube videos or please ask me any questions on the matter I would love to help or share my experience!