My little T started showing a huge interest in our foods around 5 months old so we decided to start the feeding journey with purees. We skipped the rice cereals all together. For the first 2-3 weeks we only did veggies and then incorporated fruits. All was well and T was eating like a champ but seemed as though her boredom was growing during meal time. At that point we started with puffs and the yogurt melts from the Happy Baby brand. I started doing a lot of research on baby led weaning and by mid-late January we decided to give it a try.
Honestly, I think I had more anxiety about her eating than I did about childbirth. I was paranoid that she would choke on everything so I would watch her like a hawk. Below are some of our pros and cons to our personal baby led weaning experience.
- Way easier on mama. T pretty much eats what we eat. I spend a lot less time pureeing food and then spoon feeding her.
- It’s so much fun for T. It has become a full on sensory experience for her. Not just a meal. She gets to feel her food, play with her food; she gets to make the decisions of which piece looks the best while also making the decision when she is full.
- I truly believe it has positively contributed to her oral and fine motor development.
- I now buy way less packaged purees. (I still keep them on hand in case we are out or I need to make sure she eats X amount)
- Messy. Messy. It took a while for her to get the hang of it and more food ended up on the floor and on her than in her belly. Our dog is really into this whole BLW thing.
- I was so paranoid about her choking on foods and it’s bound to happen no matter how small I make the pieces. I’ve realized the key is not to freak out because it makes it worse. Her gag reflex works and she has shown me that several times but it doesn’t make me less paranoid so I watch her closely.
All in all, everyone has to do what is right and works for their family but for us this has been a really positive experience. We all get to eat dinner together with freedom from the dreaded spoon and I feel as though it has strengthened T’s independence.