Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Baby Led Weaning

We are well into our new adventure with Baby Let Weaning (BLW). I have decided, once again, to do something that isn't mainstream. We aren't giving our baby baby food. What? You think I'm crazy? Well, here's what we are doing!
I am loosely following a book called "Baby Led Weaning" by Tracey Murkett and Gill Rapley. You can visit their website here: http://www.baby-led.com/
I like their no fuss approach to feeding your baby. With Hadley I decided I wasn't going to give her processed baby food bought from a store. I decided to make her baby food myself. Which I am still glad I did. I knew exactly what was going into it, and it saved a bunch of money. But, it was a lot of work! And let's face it, I'm lazy.
Breastfeeding provides everything a baby needs from birth through the first year. I firmly believe that if my baby ate nothing else for the first year of her life she would be just as healthy as the baby whose mother spent hours spooning liquid goo into her mouth. However, food is a social event and babies like to be involved in this time of family gathering. Plus, they use food to explore new tastes and textures. It not only allows them to participate at meal times, the begin learning how to chew, manipulate food with their mouth, and swallow. They learn to pick things up that are slippery. They experiment with different combinations of crunchy, mushy, sour, soft, and slimy. It's really fun to watch a baby chase a peach around their plate or high chair tray. And they have fun doing it.
So, that is what we are doing at our house. And when people as what my baby has eaten so far I can tell them: asparagus, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, tomato, peaches, pears, grapes, plums, pineapple, apple, banana, blackberries, meatloaf, turkey sandwich, soup, chili, chicken fingers, and much more. She's eating a wider variety of foods than Hadley does and I believe it will have nothing but a positive affect on her food choices later in life.

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