Baby Led Weaning here we come!

Wow! My last post was in December when I had Tara. I cannot believe how time has flown and how quickly we’re yet again at the 6 month mark.

I knew both my children would have different food journeys but how different I wasn’t really sure until now. I could get Trilok to eat anything, Tara on the other hand is strong willed and I need to play according to her rules. Hah! but I am her mum and I will get her to do what I want. LOL or so I think for now. ;)

In my mind being cleft affected should not alter her food journey. Sure, we will try different methods to feed but that shouldn’t alter her potential acceptance of all food. I always wanted my children to be good eaters. They don’t have to fall in love with the food they eat, but they sure need to accept it, respect it and most of all finish it. Too ambitious? We will have to see. :)

Drinking milk itself has proven to be a bit of a challenge with Tara, but we always manage to get there slow and steady. I thought purées is something she would take to easily, but BOY WAS I WRONG! Yikes!!!! the girl hates cereals and purées! How do I even think of initiating solids when she won’t have anything to do with them? My answer hopefully lies in BLW – Baby led weaning. A strategy I didn’t try with Trilok but I am seeing hope in with Tara. The girl loves to chew, from her fingers to toys and teeters and blankets! She in my mind is the perfect candidate for BLW! Knowing breastmilk is her primary source of nutrition she can certainly take her time in exploring and enjoying textures. So far I have tried mashed bananas, sweet potato, boiled potato and a portion of her brothers brekkie, a porridge mix of raagi and fox tail millet with banana filled into her ‘Boon Pulp’.

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I love our ‘Boon Pulp’ it’s a nifty little silicone feeder with holes and I think its ideal to let her do her own thing. We just need to fill it up and hand it over to the babe and she does the rest, squirting the mash into her mouth. Messy? HELL YES! but oh what joy to watch her go for it!

It’s only been a couple of days but I am ready for this transition challenge. BLW, you best work for us!

Did you try BLW? How did it go? Was it successful for you? I’d love to hear.

10 thoughts on “Baby Led Weaning here we come!

  1. Um… I’m sorry fellow mommy, boon pulp doesn’t come under baby led weaning. Baby led weaned babies are supposed to have solid food and not mashes. They get to control how much they eat. Please do not give wrong information. :)

    • Hey Mum, Thank you for your response.

      So, yes I do know how ‘traditional’ BLW works. BUT I have a baby who lacks an upper palate owing to her cleft and has feeding challenges so this is our spin on the technique.

      When there is a challenge to overcome you work around it and make it your own. The child still feeds herself and I don’t push her to finish anything.

      Point granted that its not “textbook” so I will alter my write up to suit traditionalists.

      Thank you again for bringing it to my notice.

  2. Umm – you may want to read up a lil more about BLW.BLW is more than self feeding. It’s about respecting the baby’s appetite and eating what thr family eats.n o purees and no mashes. What you are doing is traditional weaning with a flavour of self feedung.

    • Hi Prajkta, Thank you for your response.

      My answer to you will be the same as I have posted to another mum.

      So, yes I do know how ‘traditional’ BLW works. BUT I have a baby who lacks an upper palate owing to her cleft and has feeding challenges so this is our spin on the technique.

      When there is a challenge to overcome you work around it and make it your own. The child still feeds herself and I don’t push her to finish anything.

      Point granted that its not “textbook” so I will alter my write up to suit traditionalists.

      Thank you again for bringing it to my notice.

  3. We’ve been following BLW for LilmissA since the beginning and it’s been great! Fiercely independent and in control of her food on most days she also has her ‘cheat’ days when she likes dad to take the time out to feed her her morning banana or enjoys being fed grandma’s mushy khichdi with a side of her special stories and songs without ever loosing control of when and how to say No! Thats what so great about BLW after all, it about making meal times fun and empowering the baby to exercise control over something so integral to life! I love how you’re pushing the boundaries of BLW to suit MissT’s needs… it’s important for concepts such as these to evolve to suit the needs of babies across the spectrum and it’s entirely up to mums like us to do so! So more power to you and lots of yummy meals ahead for MissT 😘

    • Thank you Mumma. I couldn’t agree more.

      There are rules, and then there are rules you just have to bend a little and twist a little when it comes to babies. IMO there isn’t a right or a wrong. It really is up to us to modify, simplify and reach that common goal of good, healthy eaters. In the end that is all that matters.

      Thank you for following our journey. xx

  4. First of all, hugs to you and your strong girl, Tara. It’s nice of you to think about letting the child self feed. But there’s more to it than just self feeding like few pointed out. BLW doesn’t have versions. BLW is one single approach where baby eats what family eats and experiences different textures. I understand there are moms of clefty babies who have tried and succeeded in BLW. Of course with exception around pre/post surgery feeding. Why don’t you post a query on babyledweaning.com or may be join our fb group baby led weaning India for more support?

    Lastly, whichever approach you decide to follow and whatever you call it, please do not feed the baby in lying down position. They need to be sat upright while having food. Wishing you n Tara success in BLW path. Have fun 👍

    • Hey there! Thank you for taking interest in my blog post. :)

      I think we’re getting too caught up in technicalities and I am sorry if my post has hurt the sentiments of staunch followers of the process.

      I am fully aware of what BLW is and sure there are other “Rules” too, I am just surprised that thinking out of the box can cause such a furore.

      I am not a FTM so I would credit myself for knowing not to feed my baby lying down :) (the pic is a skewed top view).

      Thank you again though for your response and the FB group invite, I’ll have an update soon on the blog.

      Cheers!

  5. I am with you mom.
    Each child is different and as parents we need to tweak changes to all traditional ways to suit to the baby’s needs.
    Your kids are lucky to have a mom like you.
    Btw lovely pic of your Tara (a very nice name too)

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