Introducing Solid Food Baby-Led Weaning Style l Follow-up

Sixtine is 5 months and a half and she has recently been showing signs of being ready for food. I was interested in introducing food a different way and as I wrote in a previous post, decided to do it the baby-led weaning style. Which means letting her feed herself. I tried banana first but it didn’t lead anywhere. I don’t know what it was but it just wasn’t the right time. I started to wonder if it was really what I wanted to do as it seemed to be a hassle but didn’t give up and gave it another try with a nice juicy pear. She loved it ! She licked it, sucked the juice, and had a great time. It was very encouraging  and fun to see. I still haven’t read the book which makes it somewhat complicated to come up with ideas. What to feed her? Is this allright to give her this or that? But I have been reading posts on the forum and the facebook page and it has been very helpful. I am really excited to start this new challenge and hope Sixtine will have fun, be a “good eater” and get healthy eating habits along the way.

Baby Led Weaning…Baby what ?!

Up until a few days ago, I had no idea what Baby Led Weaning was. Luckily, couple other momma bloggers suggested it as a way of introducing solid food for my baby.

So what is Baby Led Weaning?

Based on a paper written by Gill Rapley, Baby Led Weaning just means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning.

According to the most recent research most babies reach for food at around six months, which is also the time that mothers are being encouraged to wean by their Health Visitors, in accordance with the WHO guidelines.

The distinct advantage of weaning at around six months is that by then, our children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves proper food, in other words – no more mush!

You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t. (But they do, really they do… check out the baby with the pork chop).

That’s the essence of Baby Led Weaning. No purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no potato masher, no baby rice, no weird fruit and veg combos… just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy with you and your family.

Read more here: http://www.babyledweaning.com/

You can also buy the book:  “Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food” by Gill Rapley” as well as the cook book or;

Register to the forum here: http://www.babyledweaning.com/forum/

There is also an interesting of tricks and tips that you can find here: http://www.babyledweaning.com/some-tips-to-get-you-started/

I don’t know if we’ll go for it or not but I am definitely interested. I would like to purchase the book and do some more research but BLW makes a lot of sense to me.

So thank you ladies !

Did you know about Baby Led Weaning? What do you think of it? Have you experienced it? Any tips for first-timers? Please share !

 

Introducing Solid Food

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends breastfeeding baby (exclusively) until he reaches 6 months of age.

After 6 months, baby needs more nutrients and this is when most people start introducing solid food to their baby.

My daughter is turning 4 months on Friday so we are not there yet but I was talking to my mother this morning

and she suggested giving cereals to the baby – as I was telling her how frustrating her reflux was.

There seems to be a change of guidelines every year or so for baby care and I find it really hard to keep up.

I have been asking around and everybody seems to say the same things:

“It is best to start at 6 months but I started mine at x months of age for this particular reason (…)”.

She was prescribed Zantac, then Prevacid which don’t seem to make much difference and I was starting to think that thickening

her milk (with whatever would be good for her) would make a difference. But I guess I am going to have to wait a little longer.

Here is a list of signs that baby is ready for solid foods by BestStart.Org:

Your baby is ready to start eating solids when she:
-is six months old;
-holds her head up;
-sits up in a high chair;
-opens her mouth wide when you offer food on a spoon;
-turns her face away if she doesn’t want the food;
-closes her lips over the spoon; and
-keeps food in her mouth and swallows it instead of pushing it out.

Make sure your baby shows all of these signs of readiness before you start solid foods.
At first your baby may not accept new foods. If she shows you that she does not like the food by closing her mouth or turning her head away, stop feeding her that food. Try it again another day. Keep feeding time pleasant. If your baby feels pressured to eat, she may not want to try other new foods.

Each baby is different. Try not to compare your baby to other babies. Follow your baby’s signs of readiness for food. Talk to your health care provider to help you decide if your baby is ready.

Read more here: http://www.beststart.org/resources/nutrition/pdf/feeding_baby_rev2010.pdf

I would love to hear about your own experience in introducing solid food to your baby. When? How much? And where you live as there seem to be differences across countries/cultures.