Third time lucky and surprisingly after a recommendation from one of the MIL’s (I have two) we’re going for Baby Led Weaning (BLW). LM’s interest in food is increased 10 fold if its handed to him and he gets to make the decision himself on what goes into his mouth (attested by a battle fought every time calpol or on the odd occasion gripe water has been on the menu).
We hit the ground running on Sunday and LM joined us at the lunch table on Mothers Day to partake in a particularly lovely NZ lamb roast dinner.
The lose idea of BLW is that from about 6 months the baby is developmentally able to feed themselves and therefore control how much food is eaten. What it also means that provided you leave the salt out of cooking the baby should be able to eat what you are eating and at the same time – so no more separate meals, plastic pots, ice cube trays full of food or purées! Don’t get me wrong I was quite looking forward to developing some more interesting recipes for puréed baby foods but at least this way more food is going in without the struggle that was the spoon feeding process.
What it does mean and you can see from the above picture is MESS!
On Sunday, little man tried roast potato, roast parsnip and sucked very happily on a lovely chunk of lamb. He’s since also had a avocado & full fat cream cheese mix dip on some pita and on broccoli as well as some freshly made organic hommous and he is happy and sucked the life out of the broccoli and he still likes his little Yeo’s.
The thing I’m finding the hardest though, is with his increased intake he needs less milk feeds from Mummy, which makes me a little sad as I do like our evening nursing – its such a calming end to the day.