Sunday, March 3, 2013

Baby Led Weaning

I'm a big fan of simplifying my mommy life as long as it's safe.  So when Lizzie started solids we decided to practice baby-led weaning, which I learned about from this book. If you haven't heard about the process before, it basically means that you let baby feed themselves suitable foods right from the start. No messing around with purees or spoon feeding.  I won't go into too many details, but you should definitely check out this website if you haven't heard about it. 

The reason I mention it now is because it was a lifesaver on our trip home last week. She's been feeding herself for a few months now so I didn't have to worry about hauling stupid little jars of baby food all over the state of Wisconsin. Thank the Lord Sweet Mary Baby Jesus.

Because she eats from my plate mostly, it also forces me to be more contientious about what is going into my mouth too. Normally my go-to airport snack is something greasy but this time we split a block of cheese and some fruit. I let her have anything in the fruit box except the pineapple because I'm not sure how she'd handle the chunky bits. She just cut her first two teeth (finally!) so it might not be too long now before we tackle that. 

The key with this is to LET THE BABY PUT THE FOOD IN THEMSELVES. Yes, they will drop most of it at first but they need to learn how to feed and move the food around in their mouth before they are ready to swallow. This method of feeding has about the same amount of risk of choking as spoon-feeding but make sure you do some research to be completely safe! 

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