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Trying to BLW but keep being tempted by spoon!

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beatofthedrum Wed 27-Jul-11 12:44:13

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??

ThatllDoPig Wed 27-Jul-11 12:48:07

Just do both!

LeoTheLateBloomer Wed 27-Jul-11 12:49:55

I agree! Why make life hard for yourself?

I started BLW with DD but sometimes it was just easier for both of us to do a bit of both. Do what works for you. There's no one out there policing it you know wink

Paschaelina Wed 27-Jul-11 12:50:19

I found it really hard until my Boy hit 9 months. He's a total spoon refuser (except for jelly hmm) 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.

Paschaelina Wed 27-Jul-11 12:53:58

Oh and we do/did weetabix by mixing it with soya yoghurt (dairy intolerance hmmhmm) 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. grin

Makes a hell of a mess but fun.

FunnysInTheGarden Wed 27-Jul-11 12:55:19

bit of both worked here too. Now at 17 months DS2 is feeding himself with a spoon.

stupefy Wed 27-Jul-11 12:56:00

Spoons are absolutely fine!

HalfPastSeven Wed 27-Jul-11 12:58:44

I thought BLW was just about making it easier for yourself so cant imagine any "damage" by doing a bit of both

beatofthedrum Wed 27-Jul-11 19:21:08

Thanks everyone. Sounds like I should chill out about it more! Always good to hear smile

Disco1975 Wed 27-Jul-11 21:15:37

My DS is 8.5 months and have just discovered mini Shredded Wheat for bekkie. Soak in a little milk for a few mins to soften up, put them on his highchair tray and he gobbles them up!

Flisspaps Wed 27-Jul-11 21:21:14

If you don't want to use a spoon, then get rid of them smile 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 wink

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