Since Ari was born, plenty of women I know [many not well] have made off-color comments to me about pretty much everything: baby weight, childcare, diaper choices, clothing choices, and — most recently — my decision to exclusively breastfeed for as long as possible.
Who would have thought that the one topic people get majorly heated about is solid foods.
I know there’s usually a standard way people introduce solid foods to infants: rice cereal, pureed food, and then chopped, bland foods.
Deviating from the norm? Well, that makes people uncomfortable. We decided against cereal, which we saw as nutrition-lacking ‘filler.’
And I started doing some research on alternative methods of starting solid food.
That’s how I found Baby Led Weaning.
via google images.
Baby Led Weaning is he process of building a healthy and confident tiny eater by allowing babies to self-feed by grabbing appropriately sized foods when they are ready.
By letting the baby decide when he is ready to start exploring with foods, babies learn to chew instead of swallow first; added bonus — it removes the pressure of pureeing and trying to spoon feed a baby that has little to no interest in gross, bland, and mushy food.
We’re meeting with the pediatrician to talk about implementing BLW here in the near future. To say I’m nervous would be an understatement.
Thoughts race through my head like “What if my baby chokes!?” even though I know babies struggle even with mushy foods.
But, regardless of how my nerves are, I know that Ari won’t know the difference. When he’s willing to reach for solid foods, I’ll be ready.
…Or at least I’ll fake it.
Has anyone else attempted the Baby Led Weaning/Baby Led Feeding approach to starting solids with success?