Wednesday, January 9, 2013

baby-led weaning

Today Jon and I started baby-led weaning with Elden. In case you've never heard of it, BLW is where you feed your baby regular foods (not purées) that are prepared appropriately for a baby to eat. This encourages hand/eye coordination, more adventurous eaters, and allows you to eat a meal as a family instead of one person having to spoon-feed the baby. We are going to give it a shot and if it seems like it's not for Elden we'll come up with a different plan--likely purées.
I should add that I am nursing him the same as before so he is getting all the food and nutrients he requires. Today we made carrots in the oven, boiled broccoli, and spiral noodles so he would have a variety of foods to interact with. He didn't do much of anything with the carrots, he held/squished (but didn't taste) the noodles, but he was quite fond of the broccoli. We don't know if he even swallowed any but the point is he had no problem bringing it to his mouth and chewing. We will continue to introduce a variety of foods in this way and see what he gravitates towards. If you're interested in reading the book we're following, you can buy it here.

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