With my first daughter Frankie, I loved BLW and often spoke to my fellow mum friends about the huge benefits of weaning in this way. However, second time around I have a love/hate relationship with it. I wanted to give a little oversight of my 3 loves but also 3 hates for baby-led weaning.
1. Exploring different textures and using all of her senses to do so. I love that meal times were almost a fun activity, watching Noa smear sweet potato wedges into her nostrils and hair whilst she gives it a good sniff and feels the soft, squelchy potato rub into her skin.
2. Independence. I love that Noa can feed herself, it makes mealtimes more enjoyable as a family instead of one of us spoon feeding the baby then having to eat a cold dinner once she's finished. Alongside this, I really like to see Noa using her hand/eye co-ordination to try and get the food into her mouth, and of course practicing her pincer grip with smaller foods like peas and raisons. I love the concentration on her face, and of course the big smile once she's actually managed to get the food into her mouth.
3.Easy preparation! I mean come on us mum's are busy enough without having to prepare a separate meal and the puree it aren't we?! The beauty of BLW is you little one eats exactly what you eat, but just cut up into more manageable pieces (we do lots of long thin strips- easy to hold and thin enough that they are difficult to choke on).
1.MESS! Oh good lord the mess. Its like the exorcist came for tea. And lets be honest, after a long day, the last thing we feel like doing is cleaning up (and more often than not hosing down) the baby/highchair/floor/walls and anything that was in grabbing distance at the time of feeding. This was ok when it was just Frankie, but when you have more than one, it becomes just that little bit more exhausting.
2. Food more often than not ends up on the floor. This usually leaves me with 2 concerns; How much did she actually just eat? (and does this mean we are going to be up all night with a hungry baby?) And, Wow, that expensive organic food has been completed wasted and is now in the bin.
3.Eating with her hands for life?! This may seem a little far fetched. However, I am now speaking from experience. Frankie was a fully fledged BLW baby and I embraced every aspect of it. However, she has only recently (in the last 12 months) started to use utensils at meal times. She really struggled to get to grips with using anything but her hands to feed herself. I guess this isn't a huge problem, but it did make for some interesting glares whilst eating out in restaurants!
Did you puree or baby-led wean? Tell me about your experiences in the comments below!
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