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11/06/2013 at 11:42
What do I need, equipment wise?
Do I just start with 1 'meal' a day? For how long until I introduce another?
Im going to give purée and finger foods so a bit of blw but not solely. How hard/soft do the veg/fruit/food have to be for this?
11/06/2013 at 11:49
I did purely BLW, so just had a high chair, bibs, bowl/plate that went on a sucky thing (although mostly things were put direct on his high chair to start with).
I also bought a hand blender for about £5 (Tesco value I think it was) to do the odd little bit of pureed fruit to go in porridge etc.
You don't want the veg too soft else it will just squidge up - especially brocolli as the little bits will get everywhere!! But not too hard so they can gum them easily enough.
We just gave C a bit of food at the same time as us if he was awake or not BFing rather than starting at 1 meal and increasing it after so many days etc.
Good luck! x
11/06/2013 at 12:00
Are you going to make the purées yourself? We have hundreds of little tubs which I put his meals into then freeze so that they're ready for each meal time. Aldi had the tommee tippee ones on offer last week and I managed to get a load more on Saturday so might be worth looking if there's one local. Also have plenty of spoons and bowls, a hand blender (although I tend to just mash as I hate cleaning the blender!)
I'm lazy with finger foods and just give stuff I don't really have to do much with as I can never get the consistency right. Cucumber is his favourite, and toast. I bet H is a toast lover like his mum!
And you'll need plenty of bibs!
11/06/2013 at 12:03
Oh and we started with one meal a day. I found breakfast was the easiest so be just usually had porridge. Then went on to another meal at some point in the afternoon and now (2 weeks since we started?) he will have porridge for breakfast and then some toast or fruit, lunch I usually give him finger foods so a sandwich or something and then dinner will usually be a puréed meal with a bit of veg to chomp on. Just follow H's lead.
11/06/2013 at 12:31
My only tip is to buy a TT bib that catches all the food they drop or spit out. You can just tip it into the bin then rather than picking up chewed up mushy sloppy food from their laps, the chair etc...although you will have to do a bit of that too
11/06/2013 at 12:47
Get bibs that cover their entire arms and body. And a splash mat to catch everything from the floor.
You can freeze small portions in ice cube holders. I didn't use a blender at all. I used to bake butternut squashes, potatoes, and sweet pots and then scoop out the mixture. Fruit you can cook down easily and mash.
Start with one meal when they are awake. Don't take it personally if they won't eat something you've prepared.
And make sure you know what to do in the event that they get something stuck (rare because they have a good choke reflex but nonetheless useful to know).
And wear an apron if feeding child on your lap.
11/06/2013 at 14:26
I did BLW so I don't know all the things you'll need for traditional weaning. For me the musts were long sleeved bibs (they were £2.25 in Tescos), a good highchair - we have the Ikea Antilop which is so easy to clean & we now use it without the tray pushed under like a normal chair & splash mats. For these we use cheap shower curtains. You can then put them in the washing machine & they catch most spillages & drops/throws! I also introduced my daughter to cups of water with her meals when I started weaning I so you might want to get a sippy cup if you haven't already. I didn't buy any plates/bowls initially as I put all the food directly onto her tray but used plastic spoons so she could self feed sloppy food.
As for the meals I offered food at all the meal times she was awake for so her 1st day of weaning she had a little food at all 3 meals.
11/06/2013 at 17:34
Another BLWer. My top tip is to strip them off to just the nappy and then just put straight in the bath after eating. Much easier than faffing around with bibs at first.
We got the salmon luke plate which was great as it kept the food slightly contained but she could still easily access it, oh and the tommee tippee soft spoons.
As for meals, I started by just offering whatever we were having if she was awake when we were eating. This meant that at first she had dinner, then we introduced breakfast and the last meal was lunch but if she had been awake when I was eating lunch I would offer her some.
11/06/2013 at 18:04
We did blw. I stripped them off to their nappies and cut a bin liner out so it was full size and put it under the high chair.
I just offered what we had
Long sleeves bibs from ikea which are wipe able for going outside.
If they were awake then I'd offer food. They sat with us at the table anyway (L in his bumbo about 12 weeks and Isaac from birth as he'd be on my knee whilst L had his tea/lunch etc, then went in his high chair about 14 weeks - propped up) so I just offered food whenever it was a meal time and if they ate then they ate it)
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