The tipping point came when Noah was attacking us to get hold of our food, it was finally time to start weaning him onto regular food. After some research we stumbled upon baby led weaning. We were intrigued by BLW. We have chose to baby led wean our baby boy, Noah. We also give him some soups and some puree food from time to time. Overall though, we have had great success with baby led weaning over the past 4 weeks and are currently enjoying the whole process.
I would recommend learning baby CPR and baby first aid for choking before beginning weaning your baby by either BLW or traditional weaning.
What is baby led weaning?
Baby led weaning is basically giving your baby whatever you are eating! Whether it be pieces of toast or spaghetti bolognese, everything goes, this allows your baby to experience handling the food, tasting the food and exploring the different textures and colours.
Why we chose baby led weaning?
After a lot of research, we decided baby led weaning was the path we would take over traditional weaning. We made sure we watched lots of videos on what to do if Noah chokes beforehand. I think if your confident and learn the different between your baby choking, and your baby just using their gag reflex, then baby led weaning is the one for you! Most babies that started with this method over traditional are known to not be fussy eaters and eat whatever is there, which was what swayed us the most!
It allows us to feed our baby cheaply
The best thing about baby led weaning is that it doesn’t break the bank – at all! Whatever you eat, your baby can have a bit. So there no need to rush around making different meals every time your baby gets hungry, simply give them a bit of your food and watch them enjoy.
What do we feed our baby?
You may be wondering what you should feed your baby when going ahead with baby led weaning. We like to not worry about what we give him, however we do use a common sense approach. We DO NOT feed him nuts, honey, grapes or anything we think he may have trouble chewing.
Noah’s favourite so far is toast for breakfast with butter cut into sticks, he also enjoys avocado! We want to hold back from using jam or other sweet toppings in case he develops an appetite for them! What’s fabulous is that we can eat our food at the same time as he feeds himself, allowing us to complete our own meals before having to wait on him, smiles all around!
For lunch he will have a bit of whatever is on our plate. This can range from sandwiches, vegetables such as broccoli and carrot, cucumber, egg or noodles. In fact, any type of finger food works well! We have found he enjoys it more when we are eating with him.
Tea time is always fun! This is where it gets messy! Myself and Jamie love a good hearty home cooked meal like cottage pies, lasagna, roast dinners etc so with Noah feeding himself these, with his hands may I add, it always ends up all over! Bath time always follows straight after a very messy tea, a breast milk bath is even better!
What does noah think of BLW?
Noah has taken to food better than we would ever have thought! We assumed it would take him months to even get anything past his lips but after just a couple of days of trying, he’s eating like a trooper! He enjoys playing with the food before he tries it, and once he does if he likes the taste, he is off!
When did we start baby led weaning?
It was important to us to wait until the 6 month mark to start weaning, which is the NHS guideline these days. Although family and friends gave a lot of peer pressure to start early, we didn’t give in! I’m glad we waited as now we know his stomach is mature enough to handle food. I think we would have felt guilty if we started any earlier. We just want to give him the best start in life.
If you have any questions about our experience with baby led weaning or would like to add anything to the post feel free to leave a comment below, we really appreciate it. As always live more and spend less!