Baby Led Weaning

I’m curious about baby led weaning. I understand that basic concept. Does it work for babies that don’t have a lot of teeth? How is it better than traditional feeding?

  • Michaela
    Nov 09

    Following!

  • Michelle
    Nov 09

    My kids did this because they hated purées and also I just think it’s easier. They eat what you it. Give them Finger size pieces of food to hold or tiny bits to pick up. I gave my kids solids at like 5 months and they had no teeth. The most important thing for you to know is the difference between gagging and actually choking. Baby’s gag reflex is a lot closer so they gag very easily. This is their defense against choking so they spit pieces that are too big out. I think it’s good for them to do baby led weaning because they become more independent by feeding themselves. Other benefits are, it’s fun for them, hand eye coordination, learning textures, it’s cheaper, and they learn when they are full. Plus, you get to actually eat and enjoy your meal too.

  • Jenn
    Nov 09

    Molars are the most important for chewing and kids don't really start getting them until 2. Babies don't need teeth to eat as long as their food is soft enough. If the baby is able to make chewing motions you're golden. Real choking comes with a unique facial expression and typically no sound. Gagging noises are good :) means the reflex is working.

  • PK
    Nov 09

    We did blw because my son didn’t like purées. A rule of thumb out pediatrician gave us was that the food you give them needs to be squishable between your index finger and thumb. So it needs to be that soft and that small. Their gums are strong enough to mash. And I think it’s better than serving purées because they self feed

  • Lulu
    Nov 09

    I. Love. It!! I did it with my little girl and she is a champion eater. I have not missed a meal because I had to feed her! She feeds herself so well. And it's surprising what she will eat! Even without teeth it is doable. Just make sure the food is soft enough to compress between your tongue and roof of mouth and you're good! And get a dog!

  • Carly
    Nov 10

    So what foods do you all recommend?

  • Michelle
    Nov 10

    Literally what ever you plan to eat. For snacks. Try black beans, sweet peppers sticks, cucumber sticks, cooked carrots, steamed veggies, almost all fruit... really anything that is soft enough to smash with your fingers. My kids also loved chewing on a cheese stick.

  • Lulu
    Nov 10

    Sweet potato, avocado, banana, cooked apple, really the works is at your fingertips! Broccoli, toast fingers, anything with a handle is great!

  • Michaela
    Nov 12

    I was wondering how long it takes baby to realize they can eat what’s in front of them? I’ve tried it with two different foods and baby just smooshes them, won’t put hem in his mouth.

  • Sarah
    Nov 12

    You give them the whole cheese stick? Or just break small pieces off?

  • Michelle
    Nov 12

    Ya like a soft cheese sticks they would just gum on and suck on show how to peel it. It gets pretty so and kinda of dissolves when they squeeze and drool over it. Of course, I was watching so like any food if they had to much in their mouths I would just scoop it out with my finger.

  • Lulu
    Nov 12

    @Michaela first the baby thinks cool toys! Then Baby realizes toys taste good! After a while of baby tasting and playing, baby swallows and eats! Just be patient.

  • Heidi
    Nov 12

    I didn’t realize BlW was a thing until this past year so I didn’t do it with my son however I did introduce solids pretty early because he was not satisfied with the mush. Just know that as long as they are making noise/coughing/red they are not choking. Choking usually involves no sound or air coming out and just be ready to be there to fish it out. If they are gagging try and let them work through it. It teaches them how to eat/chew/swallow. Once they are older (around 10-12 months) try giving things like strips of sandwiches rather than tiny pieces or bigger pieces of meat for them to bite off. Most kids do better with bigger pieces at this age because they can’t just shove it in their mouth and it forces them to learn how to take smaller bites on their own.

  • Lauren
    Nov 16

    I did a mixture of traditional and blw. I personally bought the book and read that. It made me more comfortable with him eating. He’s 7 months and eats great. The only thing he still has issues with is preloaded spoons.