Baby-Led Weaning Update

I’m pleased to say that, since my last update, I’ve successfully been to the Warringah Mall a few times without incident. Whew!

 

In other news, wee Declan has made some strides in the eating department. He wasn’t doing much with the baby-led weaning so we switched gears and tried the more conventional approach of purees. It’s what we did with Stella but I still really wanted to succeed with BLW. Well, he wanted NOTHING to do with purees. He sat there and would blow the biggest raspberries anytime the spoon came close to his lips. He had one night of tolerating it, but that was it. So back to BLW I went. I spent a lot of time researching purees vs. BLW and concluded that BLW has heaps of benefits over purees. For me, I like that meal time is less complicated. I’m not making separate purees (even making ahead and freezing is a PITA) because, instead, I’m just giving him some of what we are already having. We eat pretty cleanly so including Declan in meal times is simple.  I want him involved in family meals and not eating separately like we did with Stella. Even if he is seated with us, it’s a hassle to feed him when, quite frankly, I’d rather be feeding myself. And, when Phill travels (he’s presently in New Zealand), I don’t want to feed all of us at different times. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

The past few days Declan has been a BLW rockstar. He loves it. He likes squishing it between his fingers, dropping it on his tray, smelling it and, of course, eating it! He isn’t getting much yet and, YES, it is messy. But, he dictates how much he wants, if any, and decides when he’s finished. (If you want to read more about the benefits of baby-led weaning, read up here.)

Hmmm, giving it a go.

Hmmm, giving it a go.

 

 

Whoa! This is good stuff!

Whoa! This is good stuff!

 

Yeah, I like this banana business.

Yeah, I like this banana business.

 

I’m so relieved we’re on a good path with Declan and his eating. Now, if we could just get his sleeping sorted………

 

Declan is 7 Months

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4 thoughts on “Baby-Led Weaning Update

  1. Emma, Congratulations!! We’ve done a few nights and bites of purees (SHE LOVES IT), but I’m excited to try BLW soon with Aliza Banks. I’m a little nervous about the choking possibilities, but I think i’ll give it a few more weeks or a month or so before jumping in. She’s almost 5 mths now. What foods have been easiest so far? I’ve read avocado and banana.. any other suggestions?
    PS. we’ve been really lucky on the sleep side of things, but I think we’re starting to regress at night. I woke up every hour! KILLER!

    • Oh you have plenty of time! We didn’t even start with Declan till 7 months. Their little tummies aren’t really ready until 6 months. BLW takes time and patience, the latter of which I have little. 🙂 But we just kept trying (and cleaning) and he finally just got it. I think 7 months their little pincer grasp has developed enough for them to pick up the food. We tried ripe avocado but he doesn’t like it. (Which is devastating because I loooooooove avocado!) A very ripe banana and ripe pears are good. Sweet potatoes, too. I cut them into spears and pop them in the steamer. Butternut squash is another great option. Some good purees until she can pick up the food herself are ripe pear (raw) and mango or apple (steamed). I’ve been loosely following some recommendations from The Paleo Mom (http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/01/paleo-baby-foods-what-to-introduce-when.html). As for the sleep thing, I so hope her sleep regression is temporary for you. They’ll do that, especially if it’s a wonder week (google it – very cool info) or if they’re working hard on a new skill. Or teething (evil, evil teething). BTW, have I told you how much I adore her name? Aliza Banks. Seriously, I just want to say it over and over!

  2. Sleeping!!! Drew and Declan could have a contest. She has been waking up 5-6 times/night, and I am a zombie at work right now. I stare at what I’m supposed to be doing and stare and stare. Please children for the love…go to sleep! 🙂

    • What is up with these babies?! Did I read that Drew has/had reflux? Declan was on meds for it from 4 weeks to 6 months. We stopped once we got to Australia. His sleep has been worse since we’ve been here so maybe it’s connected? Insurance here covers naturopathy, chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy (score!) so I’ll be seeing a naturopath next week. Hoping to get some help. It is so unbelievably hard to function being this tired. SLEEP babies, sleep! Was Trent a good sleeper??

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