My ds is 6.5 months and am trying to do BLW with him (fed dd purees as had not even heard of BLW 3 years ago!) Trouble is, am finding it hard not to be too helpful! He has weetabix for brekkie - doing well with loaded spoons and plenty of hits and misses...then I find myself tempted to 'help him out'.... With fruit he has a good try and sucks it, works a bit off, chews etc but not much goes in his tummy...so I mash it up, out comes the spoon... Am I messing up on BLW, should there be no parental help at all? How do you do breakfast? Is anyone else finding it hard not to grab a spoon too??
I found it really hard until my Boy hit 9 months. He's a total spoon refuser (except for jelly ) so very very very little went further than his mouth for 3 months. Its fine to let him just practice it all, some does go down, you will see by the nappies.
If you want to use a spoon to help him. Do it. Its ok. By the time he's 18 no-one will know.
Oh and we do/did weetabix by mixing it with soya yoghurt (dairy intolerance ) into a thick gloop with fruit bits/puree. Then dumping it all on his tray and carrying on regardless with our own breakfast. As soon as we stopped taking notice of him, his little hand would go up to his mouth and back again with clockwork regularity.
If you don't want to use a spoon, then get rid of them No need to have one out at all if you want to BLW. Had no desire to use a spoon at all, but if you do there's nothing wrong with that. Like Disco1975 mini shredded wheat/weetabix etc are IDEAL for BLW.
To be a pernicity sod, BLW can't be mixed with spoon feeding - BLW is exclusive self-feeding. Spoon feeding AND a bit of self-feeding is just normal weaning