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Our Baby-Led Weaning Experience

Our Baby-Led Weaning Experience

periactin bestellen tabletten I first read about Baby Led Weaning online. I was getting ready to wean Little Man, and doing my usual research before we got started. As I chatted with other mothers online and read articles on parenting sites, I kept seeing references to “BLW”. I had no idea what “BLW” stood for, so curiosity got the better of me, and I looked into it further. The more I learned, the more the idea of Baby Led Weaning intrigued me. A month or two before we were due to start weaning, I bought the Baby Led Weaning book to learn more about it, and everything it said just made so much sense to me. I thought the information about the development of a baby’s gag reflex was really interesting. The book explained that starting proper foods or finger foods earlier at around six months can actually be beneficial in teaching baby to control how much food is safe to put in his mouth while he still has a strong gag reflex to protect him from choking.

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zithromax.hatenablog.com When I first mentioned I was trying BLW, most people around me were very dismissive of it. It wasn’t something they had ever heard of. I tried to mention it to one of my local Public Health Nurses, and she just shook her head, warning me not to give any kind of finger food to a baby as young as six months because the baby’s gag reflex is still too close to the front of the mouth at that age. That’s exactly where the BLW book said it was though, but the book indicated that rather than making it easier for the baby to choke, the gag reflex would help baby learn not to choke himself. So I decided to say no more about it, and just try it out. I can’t say that the attitude of that one health nurse was typical, or just one person’s opinion because after that, I just didn’t mention it to any other health professionals.

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buy ciprofloxacin 250mg In the end I took a half and half approach to Baby-led Weaning. There were a couple of reasons for this. The first was that, at six months, Little Man still wasn’t sleeping through the night, and I wanted to believe people when they told me that if he ate enough solid food during the day, he would sleep through the night. I thought that by including some spoonfeeds during the day, I’d have a better chance of “filling him up”! (I was wrong – in the end, extra food didn’t make any difference! He didn’t sleep through until he learned to crawl and tired himself out during the day! Don’t they say babies don’t do anything until they are ready? I should have listened!)

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http://yogeshbhattarai.com.np/?q=fiend-adult-dating&46c=93 fiend adult dating One of the most difficult things to get used to with BLW is gagging. It’s inevitable. Sooner or later, baby is going to gag on a piece of food. For us, the first time it happened was with a chunk of carrot. Thankfully I had read about the difference between gagging and choking in the Baby-Led Weaning book, but it was still very difficult to sit there and let Little Man deal with the carrot himself. I just kept reminding myself “if he’s making noise and staying a healthy colour, he’s just gagging, not choking”. I was still on the edge of my seat ready to jump if it looked like he wouldn’t manage to free the food himself. But sure enough, it happened exactly like the book said it would. He worked that piece of carrot back to the front of his mouth and spat it out. Within a few weeks, we hardly had any incidents of gagging at all anymore. He had learned to manage his food really well.

zovirax suspension kaufen Without a doubt, the biggest pro of this style of weaning is that it is much more laid back than spoonfeeding. At least it was for me. To this day, getting Little Man to take food from a spoon is a battle most of the time, but put the food in front of him and let him choose what he wants to feed himself, and he’ll happily eat away. The other thing I really liked about Baby Led Weaning was how quickly we were able to introduce “real food”. These days, we find it easy to eat out without having to worry about whether or not there is a children’s menu. We know Little Man can eat almost anything we eat. In fact, if we hadn’t gone with this approach, I think I would have been hesitant to try him on such a wide variety of foods. I’d never have guessed how much he would like spicy foods! I always thought baby foods should be bland or creamy. But with BLW, if baby wants something from your plate, you let them taste it. That’s how we discovered that Little Man likes spicier food than I do!

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    • Cutlery is great fun Tammy! Little Man loves stabbing things with his fork!

  1. Just read them Jill! More great foodie adventures for Dom!

  2. Great post Lisa, I sort of did the same with my little fella…some purees & more finger foods/blw type stuff. It’s so convenient isn’t it? Totally remember all the frights we got when he gagged but we got used to it. The grannies weren’t fans at all lol!

    • Hi Aine – I think it takes time for people to get used to seeing such little babies eating proper food. And the gag reflex is scary the first couple of times you see it in action! It’s certainly not an approach for the faint-hearted! :)

  3. hey thanks for the shout out! good thing i did 3 posts this week – phew…

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