To find blw wasteful?

(88 Posts)
susannahmoodie Fri 02-May-14 15:44:00

So I read up on it and get the idea but after lunch today when sweeping up fingers of melon and mango from under my 8mo's high chair, I've decided I can't afford for food to just be thrown away like this, especially when it could have been enjoyed by me my 3yo.

I would say 80% of what I give him ends up licked once then on the floor. Am I doing it wrong?

CrohnicallyHungry Fri 02-May-14 15:46:46

At that age I chopped up whatever in a bowl, and literally gave DD one piece of each thing on her tray. If she managed to actually eat it then I'd give her another. If she threw it or spat it out I ate the untouched stuff in the bowl/froze it/kept it in the fridge for next time.

Purplepoodle Fri 02-May-14 15:54:12

If you want to do it then 1 or 2 bits on the tray at a time.

ikeaismylocal Fri 02-May-14 15:56:50

Yep, as others have said just give one bit at a time.

I have found that the results ( ds eats anything and everything) less wasteful than your average toddler.

CornishYarg Fri 02-May-14 15:57:42

Agreed, just give a couple of bits at a time. I had a clean splash mat under the chair and thrown pieces were just returned to the tray.

Andanotherthing123 Fri 02-May-14 15:58:53

Try something less slippy - I find picking up melon impossible without a fork. Also agree that one item at a time will save time having to sweep up after.

ChunkyPickle Fri 02-May-14 16:00:25

as the others - one or two bits at a time.

Seems to have worked here quite well if ds1 (3) and ds2 (7 months) eager reaction to brussel sprouts last night is anything to judge by.

erin99 Fri 02-May-14 16:11:52

I am with you, but something less slippy would help and stuff like carrot and sweet potato are much cheaper. I don't think she'll be missing much if you eat the mango for her for a few more months, and she's v likely to end up liking the expensive, yummier fruits whether you give them now or later.

NaturalBaby Fri 02-May-14 16:13:46

YANBU. I did it with my 2nd and 3rd and we did not have money to waste. They got scraps off my plate(mainly cheese spread sandwiches and apple), not melon or mango.

RainbowSpiral Fri 02-May-14 16:20:56

I didn't do baby lead weaning as it wasn't really the thing when my kids were young and my children are very unfussy as well, the youngest (10) has recently got really into curry. Not what I imagined when he was 6 months and refusing everything but petit-filou.

I was also hard up when they were little and never gave the more expensive fruits like mango or raspberries - bananas are the cheapest. Now we do have more exotic fruits as we are better off and the kids love them all the more for the novelty value.

Squitten Fri 02-May-14 16:27:26

DD is nearly 6mths old and we will be BLW for the second time. She has started showing interest in meals so we give her one bit of whatever it is at a time. Once she can eat that one bit, she'll get a second!

ipswichwitch Fri 02-May-14 16:27:44

I used to cut mango and melon fingers in wiggly sticks so DS could grip them better. And yy to the mat under the high chair - anything he dropped on there got put straight back onto the plate.

fredfredgeorgejnr Fri 02-May-14 16:37:35

Sit the 3yo under the baby?

smartypants1000 Sun 04-May-14 19:21:02

Echo the "couple of pieces at a time" advice. I also gave mine bits off my plate, which really works out cheaper than cooking a separate meal.

Samedaydifferentusername Sun 04-May-14 19:26:18

I used to buy a meter of oil cloth for about £4 and chop it into splash mats. I would clean it each time as I would the table etc so anything overboard on the mat would go back on the table!

stargirl1701 Sun 04-May-14 19:29:19

No. I don't see food on the floor as waste. I cook it for DD. It's her choice whether to eat it or not. To me, wasted food is food I forget to eat or cook or freeze not food served up to a person.

AlpacaYourThings Sun 04-May-14 19:30:30

What is blw? confused

BertieBotts Sun 04-May-14 19:32:19

YY we had no money when DS was little either. Small portions smile And a clean floor and you can chuck things back onto the tray.

BertieBotts Sun 04-May-14 19:34:33

But obviously I wouldn't scrape up yoghurt or something off the floor, that had to be written off once it was served! But yes I tended to keep hold of leftovers if possible.

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Sun 04-May-14 19:35:00

I don't think a bit of food on the floor is a waste whilst the baby is learning, any more than all those scribbled on bits of paper are wasted when the baby is learning to write. But I totally appreciate that it feels that way when you are spending money and effort preparing food. A few bits at a time, and remember that the phase doesn't last all that long in the grand scheme of things.

The splash mat idea by sameday is brilliant!

bakingtins Sun 04-May-14 19:35:09

Isn't the whole point that you don't do special food for the baby, you just give them bits of what you are eating to try? Liking the idea of sitting the 3 yr old on the splash mat to clear up the chucked stuff - genius.

PrincessTheresaofLiechtenstein Sun 04-May-14 19:36:10

Oops sorry others said it first - great idea, anyway wink

KeepOnKeepingOnAndOnAndOnAndOn Sun 04-May-14 19:37:20

My dd is one and she still does this... !

softlysoftly Sun 04-May-14 19:40:15

I think the issue is "Baby Led Weaning" itself, as in its now a thing to read up on and prepare special food for.

The best approach for "Baby Led Weaning" is known as "Giving Baby Whatever You Are Eating".

So if you are having a cheese sandwich break a bit off and stick it on the tray, roast dinner ditto and on and on.

That way its really just a tiny portion of what the family would be having for dinner anyway so not really wasteful.

SpecialStuff Sun 04-May-14 19:42:56

My 13mo dd is the same still KeepOn

Yy to the clean floor/mat/shower curtain underneath so stuff can just go back on the tray.

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