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Q&A about baby-led weaning with Mumsnetter Aitch - ANSWERS BACK

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LucilleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 23-Jun-14 10:42:28

This week we're running a Q&A about baby-led weaning with Aitch. Aitch is a Mumsnetter (although perhaps no longer posting by that name <mysterious>) who writes and runs The website began as a blog about weaning her baby girl, who is now an astonishing 8 years old (and her favourite veg? Still broccoli. Aitch's least favourite veg? Still broccoli). She also writes the Round Up every week.

Aitch emphatically is not a BLW 'guru', but she has done it twice and with a website that gets over a million and a half hits per year, and forum and Facebook communities of over 66,000 people, she really has seen a lot of little babies grow their appetites. She is more than happy to help anyone out if she can. (She also wrote this, obvs)

Post your questions to Aitch before 10am on Monday 30 June and we'll post up her answers the following Monday 7 July.

Shallishanti Mon 23-Jun-14 13:21:49

did you see that 'private life of babies'- they said the more mess a baby makes, when eating, the more they learn!

FrankelandFilly Mon 23-Jun-14 13:24:33

Marking my spot as PFB is 3.5 months old so I need to start vaguely thinking about weaning and how I'm going to go about it. At the moment I'm leaning towards a mixed (purée and BLW) approach. Are there any pros/cons to this?

sleepyhead Mon 23-Jun-14 14:14:41

Spoons featured in weaning with both ds1&2, but I did introduce finger food from day 1 and they got on really well with it. I don't think it would have occurred to me if I hadn't read about BLW on here, so thank you.

What's your advice for people who worry about choking when feeding non-pureed food to small children? I got a lot of comments about this, and dh was really unsure to start with. My understanding is that choking is silent and that the noisy gagging that you occasionally get to start with isn't something to be worried about but obviously it can look really alarming and off putting.

MonserratCaballe Mon 23-Jun-14 14:48:27

Too old for BLW now (my youngest is 5) but I did BLW with DD2 and DS thanks to Aitch's wise advice and they are both brilliant eaters. I didn't come across it in time for DD1 who had mush and is now extremely fussy. Could be a coincidence, but in any event BLW is great if you have more than one child as the small one can eat pretty much the same as the rest of the family.

Thanks Aitch. It was brilliant flowers

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 23-Jun-14 16:18:19

I have no question. I just want to say that I love you aitch, and you may not remember, but you gave me this name, about 7 years ago.


NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 23-Jun-14 16:18:46

I have no question. I just want to say that I love you aitch, and you may not remember, but you gave me this name, about 7 years ago.


BIWI Mon 23-Jun-14 17:25:11

She loves it so much she had to say it twice wink

flingingmelon Mon 23-Jun-14 18:25:37

BLW going fine but any tips on the smoothest way to introduce cutlery. At the moment there's lots of frustration and upset. Is patience the only way?

CMOTDibbler Mon 23-Jun-14 18:34:45

Aitch is the one that told me I'd like MN smile

My ds is also 8, and I did BLW. Worked fabulously for us, and ds has always eaten anything. Though sometimes I regret ever introducing him to sushi

Slubberdegullion Mon 23-Jun-14 18:39:40

Hi Aitch,

What on earth happened to that strap on box to the boot of your car thing you were testing?

<misses point of web chat entirely>

Flisspaps Mon 23-Jun-14 18:50:29

Frankel a mixed approach is traditional weaning - finger food and purée smile

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 23-Jun-14 19:27:39

<whispers> It was great, apart from the time it fell off the back of the car, which was Totally My Fault. I've tried to contact the guy to see if i can buy replacement rubbery bits [technical] but he appears to have fallen off the face of the earth.

NOW WHERE ARE THESE QUESTIONS? (You know I'm supposed to ignore this for a week while they all appear, before sweeping in and making everyone feel Just Fine about weaning their babies. And look how long I've lasted. grin)

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 23-Jun-14 19:28:17

oh and also <waves> to Fletch and CMOT, and BIWI and everyone else who still remembers me.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 23-Jun-14 19:29:01

And Monserrat, too. But I don't think that was always her name, i would remember. <narrows eyes>

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 23-Jun-14 19:30:00

and sleepyhead too. Basically hello to everyone, and thanks for the questions so far. am itching to answer, bien sur, but that would defeat the point.

cogitosum Mon 23-Jun-14 19:34:10

My son is 11 months. He's always eaten really well ( I did blw from start). He's recently gone off vegetables. He used to eat loads of broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato etc but the last couple of weeks it's all about the starchy carbs, fruit and meat & cheese. Is it ok to just go with it and trust his self-regulation? (Obviously still offer loads)

cogitosum Mon 23-Jun-14 19:34:42

Oh should've read op properly !

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 23-Jun-14 19:38:12

(see you in a week, coggers wink)

Beehatch Mon 23-Jun-14 19:40:18

Wondered where you'd got to Aitch. I've not managed to 'spot' you round the boards, missing the Emphatic Capitalisation obviously <stalker>.

My weans are proudly BLW babies, though it seems a long time ago now. They are both brilliant eaters still. I spent happy hours on your boards and may have once had a party forum named after me <shifty>. Glad to hear your still going strong.

katese11 Mon 23-Jun-14 19:41:01

Hello Aitch! I want to do a bit of baby-led-weaning alongside baby rice, purees, lollipops, pringles and pre-chewed food that I've found in the garden, thanks to next door's dog. Any advice? I've also heard they aren't meant to have any kind of bread until they start secondary school. Is this true?


katese11 Mon 23-Jun-14 19:42:26

Woh!!! Are you^ the elusive Puddleduck?! Your name has passed into legend...!

Wincher Mon 23-Jun-14 19:44:51

My 9 month old has taken to blw like a duck to water (tried it with my first baby but he liked being spoonfed too). My concern is salt. Everything seems far too salty and I permanently feel a bit guilty. Foods which my 3 year old likes, so therefore get given to the baby, include bread, cheese, pasta with pesto, hummus, baked beans etc. Occasionally I do make my own bread or hummus (though my MIL laughed incredulously and said no one else had ever considered making their own salt free bread) but life is usually a bit too short. Any tips?

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Mon 23-Jun-14 19:46:56

It's still named after you, PD! And i believe i recognise Kate as well. It's almost like you BLWers don't worship me as a goddess or something...

God i am really bad at this keeping away thing.

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 23-Jun-14 19:54:57

Slubber!. Where have you been?

<< derails further >>

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