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14/05/2013 at 08:34
Just curious but I don't think we will be doing BLW and will be following the more traditional purée route but I don't really know anyone else doing this. if you didn't BLW what influenced your decision? Do you think purée was the right decision.
can you do a combination of both? Eg give purée meals but things like breadsticks, rice cakes etc as snacks?
14/05/2013 at 08:50
With O, it was a combination of puréed food and finger foods, though we did try him with O-friendly versions of our food which was much easier. I found it a real faff getting all the puréeing done that I'm going to go down the BLW route with L.
14/05/2013 at 08:58
We combined puree and finger food as we were more comfortable doing it that way. We just pureed our meals (which are healthy; low salt anyway) and gave him some bits to try himself. Toast, ricecakes etc were great finger foods for him to start with x
14/05/2013 at 09:05
We did puree, and finger foods.
Worked well for us. J would have a smaller version of our meal, and my Mum would make him up a weeks worth of meals from her Sunday roast (which i'd freeze).
14/05/2013 at 09:13
I did a mixture if purée and finger foods with N because I started weaning him at 5 months (finger foods was much closer to six months). I'm hoping to do BLW with A when she turns 6 months as there's no way I have the time or inclination to purée a load of food. I'd much rather she just eat the same as the rest of us.
14/05/2013 at 09:15
We went purée to start with as J seemed to prefer it- it only lasted a few days and then we went back to BLW- purée was a bit of a faff TBH but he still likes baby cereal and I give him spoonfuls of this to feed himself. My friend has went down the purée route and is happy although her LO has dropped to only 2 milk feeds a day at 7 months which she was concerned about but her LO is still putting on weight.
I think the best thing to do is trial and error and see what works best for you.
14/05/2013 at 09:19
We did a mix of the two I suppose. I had no desire to blw tbh. I actually found all the pureeing quite therapeutic!
14/05/2013 at 09:34
I didnt puree a single thing - who on earth could be bothered?! - but after a few weeks trying pure BLW, I found that it didn't actually fit in with our lifestyle at all. We eat a lot one pot type dishes - casseroles, spag bol, chilli, paella etc - and it was actually harder for me to constantly think of meals that involved chunks of meat, potatoes, veg etc for Miss CV to eat herself. So I relaxed and went back to cooking our usual meals and if Miss CV could eat it herself, fine, but if she needed help to eat something, then we spoon fed her (eg soup, stew) I tried to maintain the BLW principles - for example, allowed her to get stuck in with her hands if she wanted to and did my very best not to coax or cajole her to eat.
I imagine I'll do the same with baby no 2 - not bother pureeing stuff but come 6 months or so, just start to allow her to get stuck in to food with us at mealtimes if she fancies it.
14/05/2013 at 09:44
I did puree and finger foods. I didnt know enough about BLW (still dont really) but it just wasnt something that i was interested in. if i made a rice dish, i gave it to L, but i would mush it up and finger feed her it.
14/05/2013 at 09:54
I didn't puree anything but didn't BLW either. We started at 23 weeks and just gave her bits and bobs of fruit and vig to suck etc. As she got the hang of it i spoon fed her mashed fruit and veg. Not pureed as such but very well mashed to begin with. Alongside this, once she was 6 months she had finger foods of pretty much anything and everything. She would then have mashed versions of our meals, when suitable which was pretty much anything unless we had a take away or something. I can highly recommend the BLW cookbook even if you don't BLW. It has brilliant whole family meal ideas, we use it tonnes still, and you can mash them early on if you want to spoon feed, and then less so as they get older. Also has loads of fab ideas for finger foods, snacks etc too.
Very similar to what CV said about allowing her to feed herself all the time if she wanted and never cajoling etc to eat, she has always been in complete control. It seems to have worked well so far as she's now nearly 15 months and eats anything any everything veyr happily.
14/05/2013 at 10:23
I tried BLW but it didn't really work as I was weaning N dairy free and trying to get my head round it as he couldn't eat what we did. Switched to purée and finder foods and he took to it brilliantly. I batched cooked and froze it.
Now N won't be spoon fed and likes to do it himself.
14/05/2013 at 11:51
We started C with purees and she hated it and would knock the spoon out of my hand. I found it all time consuming and frustrating. We then switched to BLW and it worked much better for her, although my MIL would insist on popping pieces of sandwich etc. into her mouth which drove me insane.
This time we started with BLW and she was doing brilliantly, but like LLL S is milk intolerant and now she's moving onto other things apart from fruit and veg it's becoming increasingly more difficult for her to eat the same as us and C. We can't take the dairy out of our food, for risk of unbalancing C's diet, and it's a right faff having to cook separate meals for her to throw most of it around and eating from our plate when we're out is impossible as milk is in so many things. Therefore, we're now doing some mashed foods (or I'll wiz it in the processor for a few secs) and cereals etc. I've even had to resort to some Ella's kitchen pouches as at least I can check the ingredients are suitable. She actually prefers to be spoon fed and will grunt and stick her tongue out for it, but I do encourage her to use a loaded spoon too. She only eats when she wants to and if she pushes her bottle/spoon etc away, I usually give her something like banana or veg that she can eat when she's ready.
14/05/2013 at 11:52
We did a mixture of puree and finger foods. Mostly as M had allergies and there were a lot of things that she couldn't have so I wanted to make sure that the food should could have was going in and not just being thrown around my kitchen!
14/05/2013 at 12:39
I did mainly puréed and then also offered some solids like toast, carrot sticks, bread sticks, cucumber etc.
my main reason was I was too nervous about choking to go from milk straight to solid food.
The people I know IRL who did BLW have done it with their second child. The impression I get is because if you just have one you have the time to purée, when you have a toddler as well you just don't have time so its easier to give them whatever the toddler is having, plus I suppose you are then more confident about the whole weaning thing as you've done it before.
I think with number two I will try to still do purees as well as solids. I like the idea of knowing they are actually eating and swallowing the various foods, getting the different flavours etc, whereas with BLW it mainly just gets sucked on a bit and dropped on the floor in my experience.
Everyone has their own way of doing things with what works best for their family and lifestyle. Do whatever you feel most comfortable with. There's no rules saying it must be one or the other so try a bit of both and see how you feel.
14/05/2013 at 13:57
We did puree and finger foods. So to start with he'd have mostly puree from a spoon with a bit of something from our plates to fed himself. My main reasons were time and mess. He is 13 months now and if I spoon feed him, we can get a meal heated, fed and finished in about 5 mins. With 2 others who have to be at school/nursery/swimming/gymnastics etc it's very helpful for him to be able to eat quickly. I just don't have the time to sit waiting for him to see if he will play about with or throw or eat the meal.
When he was younger, pureeing was really not a faff, it used up fruit and veg that would otherwise have gone to waste ! When we had leftovers from our meals I used to just whiz them up with a stick blender then freeze for instant meals. I found that easier than thinking of things and chopping them to finger size pieces for him.
14/05/2013 at 14:18
We did a mix of mush and finger foods too. As soon as G got into eating we found he'd get cross if he started off with finger foods, so at mealtimes he'd start with some spoon fed mush just to get some food in, then we'd give him finger foods to munch on himself.
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