BLW - learning to swallow food

(4 Posts)
LowlLowl Thu 11-Aug-16 15:17:06

Just looking for some advice on BLW please. Having already weaned DS1 (now aged 2 and a good eater) I'm faced with 6mo DS2 who is a determinedly different little chap!

DS1 was lazy (still is!). We tried starting with BLW but he couldn't be bothered, so we spent time with purees and mashed up stuff until he got to the idea of liking food, and then he started picking things up for himself. DS2 is great at picking things up and gumming them, but won't let a spoon near him (unless it has fruit puree on it). My question is how long it takes a BLW baby to learn to swallow anything? Everything that goes into DS2's mouth comes back out again (with interest if it gets too far back, he's got a great gag reflex! grin) DS1 took just a few days of puree to learn to swallow, but DS2 has shown no signs of it in 2 weeks of BLW. I'm not in any hurry, and clearly DS2 isn't either, we're just moving along at his pace. I just wondered what people's experiences had been. Thanks!

WellErrr Thu 11-Aug-16 15:34:43

This is why I didn't bother with BLW. The waste is unreal.

I don't think there's anything wrong with doing purées. They still stop when they're full and you can do bits of realistic finger food like grated cheese on the side.

SpeakNoWords Thu 11-Aug-16 16:50:58

As with all things it depends very much on the baby. My DS1 got the hang of it virtually straight away, and you could tell from the nappies (apologies for tmi) that stuff was going in! So if you've already been going for 2 weeks I'm sure it won't be much longer. There needn't be much wastage if you give him just a little bit of what you're eating anyway.

LowlLowl Fri 12-Aug-16 07:19:39

Thanks, Speak, I'll keep going!

I'd be on the purees if he'd take them, WellErr but he just clamps his mouth shut when a spoon comes near him!

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