true tales from the gates of the underworld

A start
January 13, 2010, 9:02 pm
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I fully intended to wait until Oscar was 6 months old before I started weaning him. All I read about Baby-Led Weaning made it clear that 6 months seems to be the best starting point.
Of course, things never go to plan. At about 4 1/2 months, the little man started helping himself – sprouts, carrots, parsnip, pancakes… everything had to go in his mouth. We started eating out of his reach, for which we were usually repaid with indignant, betrayed glances. Mummy, why can’t I have anything? So back on our laps he went.
This went well for a couple of weeks, until he started demanding his own portions.
We ordered a highchair – a Stokke Tripp Trapp, and decided we would make a start using the carseat and rocking chair, propping the little raptor up with some cushions to be more upright.

There are very few rules to BLW – no more than 1g of salt a day, careful with the sugar and potential alergies, always let the baby feed himself.
With this in mind, we began offering a few foods this week: apples, cut into thin slices – I think he enjoyed those, although he seemed to just suck them until no more juice would come out. Cucumber met a similar fate at first, until he discovered he could grate it with his little tooth stumps. Unlike the BLW handbook says, bananas did not go down well on the first or second attempt, and neither did pears. Toast or crackerbread with cheese spread, on the other hand, went down like a charm – first, the spread got licked off, then the bread got sucked until it was mush, and then disappeared into his little tummy.

Today, at dinner time, we had our greatest adventure yet: a plate of pasta with tomato sauce. I had chosen pasta, shaped so they could be held easily by little hands, but Oscar didn’t want to hold it. He wanted a fork, like we were using. I had never let him hold a fork before, but thought it could hardly do him any harm as long as he didn’t stick it in his eyes. I preloaded it with four pieces of pasta while he was watching me expectantly, and handed it over. We both watched in amazement as Oscar took the fork and brought it to his mouth, pasta first. Even he seemed a little surprised as bits of pasta and sauce disappeared into his mouth.
Half an hour later, he had managed to eat about 4 or 5 bits of pasta and cover himself in a seemingly infinite amount of tomato sauce. He was happy, and tiredly let us peel him out of his clothes.
A good start, we think.


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Sounds like great fun!

Comment by Kathryn Voysey

absolutely love your blog, brings me back to beginning BLW with luke…he isn’t a fan of cutlery atm just loves using his hands and i think fair enough enjoy. i haven’t used a book, just let him take the lead and his is now at 11 and a half months old choosing a beaker over breast and im beginning to feel redundant 😦 on the up he is a confident little man who is loving his food and drink so really shouldn’t complain. will look forward to you future blogs 🙂 xx

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