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to wonder if I've got this baby led weaning thing right

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MrsKeithRichards Thu 04-Oct-12 16:35:28

So I just give him food? Like a bit of bread, cucumber, or basically a bit of whatever we're having and leave Him to it?

No blending or trying to get mush up carrots into ice cube trays?

Is that it? It's that easy? Heinz must hate it!

Splatt34 Thu 04-Oct-12 17:31:38

It is THAT easy. Worked an absolute treat with dd who at 2 eats anything (accept broccoli). I loved the funny looks i used to get in restaurants as a 7 month old shared my dinner. I couldn't stomach that mush, why should she?

Key advice
- read Gill Rapley's book
- don't stress about how much they eat, all nutrition will come from milk (food is for fun until they are 1)
- wait til they can sit up independently
- enjoy

mangohedgehog Thu 04-Oct-12 17:33:43

It is that easy and it is brilliant fun. I loved doing blw with DD1 and she has a great attitude to food now at 5yrs, she will try anything. Can't wait to do it all again with DD2 when she's ready.

HumphreyCobbler Thu 04-Oct-12 17:34:46

it is great
DD could hold a chicken drumstick at eight months and have a good chew.
I didn't have the nerve with my first though.

NameChangeGalore Thu 04-Oct-12 17:36:20

Is that baby led weaning? I've been doing that since my DS was 6 months. He ate a whole sandwich by himself the other day and eats apple slices, cucumber, pears, cheese. Today I gave him squeezed pomegranate seeds. He's nearly 9 months now.

Whyriskit Thu 04-Oct-12 17:38:14

It's great. I remember weaning DS1 and life seemed to revolve around pureeing, cooking and feeding for ages. Much more straightforward with DS2!

PotteringAlong Thu 04-Oct-12 17:39:03

It is that easy grin

MigGril Thu 04-Oct-12 17:40:11

Yes really that simple, can get a bit messy when they start to get stuck into things like spaghetti. But it's part of the fun.

I BLW both of mine, even DS who wasn't keen on food to start with but got there in the end.

I didnt do blw with my first. And I have been ignorant to it so far.

So you dont give baby rice or mushy food?

chandellina Thu 04-Oct-12 17:41:29

My 10 month old loves feeding herself but I still give her purees too. Whatever works.

YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 17:43:31

Yes, that's it smile Cooked veg (carrots and baby sweetcorn are easy to pick up), cooked pieces of pasta, pieces of boiled egg, grated cheese, and quite often just "whatever you're having" should be fine too.

Just avoid the hazardous stuff like grapes/cherry tomatoes though.

YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 17:43:45

(OK if chopped but not whole)

notanaxemurderer Thu 04-Oct-12 17:43:51

I loved it BUT I found that if, at the evening meal, I made sure DD got some pureed food she slept better, I guess it made her feel fuller.

Flisspaps Thu 04-Oct-12 17:46:01

Yep, that's it. DS has just had penne pasta and pesto for his tea, as that's what 2.5yo DD was having.

For anyone who is interested in BLW but hasn't a clue, take a look at this site. Very useful even if you're traditionally weaning (puree/mush and the odd bit of finger food)

EauRouge Thu 04-Oct-12 17:49:05

Yep, that's it! It's even easier if you get a cheap shower curtain to put under the high chair. BLW gets messy.

Pascha Thu 04-Oct-12 19:28:59

That's exactly it and it makes life so much simpler just to give them a bit of what you're having or had yesterday.

Doesn't guarantee you get an unfussy eater at 2 though hmm

confusedpixie Thu 04-Oct-12 19:58:32

That's it, the only problem is that it can get very very messy grin

thepeanutsparent Thu 04-Oct-12 20:12:43

We are a month into it and having such a great time with food. I read Gill Rapleys book and thought it was fantastic not just in terms of 'how to' but also in explaining how we got to mash and puree in the first place.

Gentleness Thu 04-Oct-12 20:18:27

It's that easy... until the meal is over. Then it is a lot of scrabbling round on the floor and cleaning up debris.

I am pretty lazy, so on weekdays at least I did lunches BLW style and dinners of puree/mash or vice versa so I only had one hideous mess a day to clean up. And it was a bit easier in other people's houses that way too.

Can I just ask, is traditional weaning now seen as bad?

chipsandmushypeas Thu 04-Oct-12 20:20:23

Don't they gag?

I started off on Purees then moved to BLW as I'm lazy I thought it looked easier. It;s fab. Ds is just short of 7 months and today he had porridge for breakfast, pasta salad at lunch and cheese spread on toast for tea - exactl the same as me. Its soooooo easy I can't believe anybody faffs about with purees tbh. He had a bit of roast lamb dinner on sunday.

Do yourself a favour though, go to poundland and buy a wipe clean tablecloth or two, much easier than sweeping and mopping smile

Tailtwister Thu 04-Oct-12 20:24:24

I would have a look at the BLW cookbook and also the River Cottage baby and toddler cookbook. Both have great ideas (the River Cottage one covers some purees too) which can give you both a break from the steamed veg. I wish I'd had them first time around.

The mess...well yes, that is a downside. Made me wish I had a dog to hoover the leftovers!

pigletmania Thu 04-Oct-12 20:26:54

I started to try blw when ds was 6 months, I gave him one of my fat chip shop chips and he started to gag an flail his arms and I ended up fishing it out his mouth. This happened with various other foods so I do mixed, he has finger food for lunch, and puréed what er are for dinner. There is no right or wrong, it's horses for courses.

MummytoKatie Thu 04-Oct-12 20:27:28

It is that easy. The other thing is that you can choose how much you want to do it.

Eg When eating porridge I think that a "pure" blw-er would give the child the bowl and the spoon and let them stick it in their hair. I used to load the spoon and hand it to dd (who would then stick it in her hair).

I second the Gill Rapley book but only after you have decided you want to do it - it is quite propaganda-ey.

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