Sunday, June 26, 2011

Baby Led Weaning

It seems recommendations for starting solids are all over the place these days.  I've got three kids. With my first, I did the whole introduce-one-single-food-puree-every-four-days thing. The kid hated solids and we threw away so many purees and the whole thing just stressed me out. With my second and third, I have followed the advice from the baby led weaning folks. It's been a lot less stressful.

The point of this post is not to tell you how to feed your baby. That's up to you and the advice of your pediatrician. But I wanted to share what I find to be the pros and cons of this method of introducing solids.

Con: It's a really big mess. A really. big. mess.

  • I can feed myself while the baby feeds himself.
  • I don't have to prepare extra food for the baby.
  • Baby loves it.
  • It's a lot of fun.
  • It makes for great photo ops.
I have pictures to prove it.

Helen, 7 months, enjoys a bowl of spaghetti

Thomas, 6 months, eating a banana

Broccoli pacifier

Peas and carrots, carrots and peas . . .

mmmmm . . . chicken!

Yummy peach!

Again with the drumstick, this time with an uber cute hat.

That was a bagel. Could he be any happier??