I'd heard of baby-led weaning but honestly thought it was a bit out there. On recommendation from another blogger, we bought the Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook (this was advised in lieu of the original BLW book, since it contains the same basic info. + recipes). After reviewing the materials from the infant CPR/choking class we took before Clara was born, we decided to give it a try - thinking "why not?"
Day 1 - We gave her large matchstick-shaped pieces of mangoes and apples. She quickly figured out that they were food and got them to her mouth. She was able to gnaw off some apple, but it eventually fell out of her mouth.
Day 2 - We gave her more apples and some whole grain cinnamon bread crusts. She loved and managed to gnaw off pieces of both. Not sure if she swallowed any.
Day 3 - Bananas (too slippery) and more bread crusts for breakfast. For dinner, she had pre-salted pieces of some of what we were eating (roasted yellow squash with parmesan, broccoli steamed in homemade veggie stock, roasted red potatoes with olive oil and rosemary). She loved all of it - especially the broccoli - and maybe even swallowed a little bit. (We'll see tomorrow. Ha ha)
|She already knows veggies are best with cheese.|
|Broccoli is serious business. Seriously delicious business.|
A few observations/facts:
1. She absolutely loves this way of eating. She's content in her high chair for the longest time! I may still spoon-feed her yogurt once a day since it's so healthy and she can't use a spoon well yet, but other than that, we won't be spoon-feeding her anymore.
2. She needed a pillow behind her in the high chair to sit up straight/slightly-forward. This means we can't use the 5-point harness. I don't feel like this is a risk since we're right next to her.
3. The BLW people say this doesn't increase the risk of choking over the "normal" way of feeding babies solids, because their anatomy doesn't allow them to swallow chunks until they can first figure out how to chew. It hasn't been an issue for us, but we're staying vigilant nonetheless. I highly recommend an infant CPR/choking class if you haven't had one. It gave us some additional peace of mind before trying this method out.
(Apologies for the awful cell phone pics. My new camera is coming tomorrow!)