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05/02/2014 at 14:25
05/02/2014 at 16:01
I've done a bit of a mixture. I didn't read any books, but just took each day as it came. We started with cooked sticks of carrot and sweet potato. He didn't eat much at all at first, just sucked on it and played with it. He's had a few things spoonfed - yoghurt, porridge for example - but I don't think that's affected how good he is with eating food himself. He's just turned one and eats all sorts of things, his favourites being pasta in any tomato sauce, mashed potato and anything egg based. He's still not a big meat eater, but I think that's texture rather than taste.
Only tips I'd give are to be patient and don't worry if it takes a while to get going properly. As long as they're still having plenty of milk, it doesn't really matter what food they have in the early days, it'll come gradually. Oh yes, and brush up on what to do in the case of choking if you feed any finger foods. We've never had a choking incident, but I feel better if I look up every now and then what to do.
05/02/2014 at 16:06
The gill rapley blw is good as a starting point. Tbh I'd just start sitting baby in highchair at table while you are eating and putting some veggies on their tray, when thet are ready they'll eat. Only give fruit and veg till six months, then I think anything goes, except whole nuts and honey. That's about it! We attempted purees to start, M refused to let me feed her so quickly went to finger foods, which was great although a health visitor exclaimed at one point "what on earth does she eat?" When she asked if she was having "lumpy foods yet?"
05/02/2014 at 16:18
Thanks both for your answers, weekender I just ordered that book. QC will start with the same I think and see how it goes. I don't want try weaning until he is 6 months just so that he can eat most things then
05/02/2014 at 16:40
What you're talking about is traditional weaning with a mix of purees & finger food. If you want to do BLW I would read the Gill Rapley book that you've ordered as it & it explains so much about why spoon feeding doesn't sit with the BLW ethos (or something like that!). Although at the end of the day, whether you decide to go down the BLW or Traditional route you have to do what is best for you & your family. Good luck
05/02/2014 at 20:29
BLW didn't work for us so we did a combination of purees and finger foods. To start with, F wasn't really that fussed by it all and only really seemed to take an interest in solids at around 7 months. I started out with puréed fruit and veg and then finger foods that are fairly easy to gum such as toast fingers and steamed veg if he was eating with us.
I followed his lead when it came to reducing his milk intake though and kept up with his normal feeds until he showed me that he no longer wanted certain feeds.
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