Our Little Miss will be 3 in July. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
She was a baby 2 minutes ago!
Anyway, she’s a great wee girl, great wee personality, she allows me to be the type of mum I want to be…she doesn’t need me to be an all consuming parent, she let’s me be me, not just mum. But this post isn’t about that, its about what she eats!
We decided from the beginning, that when we started to wean from milk to food that we would do Baby Led Weaning. Knowing NOTHING about babies when I was pregnant, having no friends with babies, no contact with babies, I hadn’t thought about weaning at all. My sister did baby led weaning with her little boy, he’s 10 months older than our Little Miss. When my sister started BLW I didn’t think it was a controversial decision on her part, I didn’t think it was going against the norm, I didn’t have a clue what the norm was. Spoon feeding wasn’t even a thought in my mind. BLW was working for her and despite the controversy surrounding it, I loved it. Her little boy was in control of what he was putting in his mouth, he was growing, he was enjoying food and he ate EVERYTHING that was put down in front of him. I trusted this method of weaning! (I got the book, read it, bought into the method 100%, Mark even read the book too and also loved it!)
When Little Miss was showing signs of readiness we started. We lived in Belgium so family members, other parents, friends, etc couldn’t give me their opinions on our weaning style. By the time we went home to the UK to visit we were established, Little Miss was eating so no-one could complain that they thought what we were doing was wrong, or not working, she was growing and they were happy.
We started out giving roasted veg and fruit with every meal, not really concerned about what was going down and what wasn’t. Little Miss would sit with us at the dining table for every meal and we’d give her bits and pieces off our plate, we eat healthy anyway so this was fine. She was “eating” and we were happy. She would fist little pieces of veg, put it in her mouth and gum it. I won’t go into detail about the actual mechanics of what happens with BLW, if you want to read about that, you can check it out here. She moved onto picking up food with her pincers, she was developing little skills right before our eyes.
I loved that I didn’t have to make separate meals for her. There was no standing around making purees for hours, no extra cost for jars of baby food. I made one meal for everyone.
The whole time we continued with her milk feeds as normal. As the days went on, she started to eat more, (we knew because her poop was changing! Sorry TMI?) and her milk feeds started to reduce, this happened naturally, she was in control and stopped when she was full. We trusted the process. She was happy, healthy and growing well. As the months passed, we introduced a spoon, snacks during the day, a sippy cup, later on a fork.
When we started out BLW we fully believed that our little girl would grow up with a diverse palate, eat anything we put in front of her….that’s not really the case. Now, I don’t know any other little toddlers and I don’t hang out with any other mums so I don’t know if our Little Miss is less fussy than other kids her age. She does eat almost everything, meat, veg, sushi, chicken, rice, pasta, spicy’ish food, salami, cheese….but there are some things she ate when she was younger that she won’t touch at all now….(mushrooms, some sauces) so there is some coercing involved, where I thought there would be none. I still make the same food for her as we’re eating, if she eats it, fine, if not, that’s up to her. The same as what we would do if we went to dinner and didn’t like something.
BLW was the perfect way for us to introduce food to our Little Miss.
Now, I don’t want to preach to anyone that this is the only way to wean, it was the BEST way for us, it made sense. Some people think its unsafe, its not, at all, if you do it properly and trust the method.
Food isn’t something I was worry about as a parent. There’s no forcing our little girl to eat, no worries about how much she is eating, she has a healthy attitude towards food and that’s all a parent wants for their child if you ask me!
What method of weaning do/did you/are you thinking of using? Would you do things differently? What are your thoughts on BLW? I’m interested to know your thoughts?
P.S. My little girl is a little crazy, as you can see, so maybe just take what I say with a pinch of salt! haha