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25/06/2013 at 23:43
I combined BLW and spoon feeding. I feel its important not to get to hung up on sole BLW. I let my LO get to grips with the cutlery, different finger foods and textures but also spoon feed her to make sure she is getting enough food. when I spoon feed her we do it together, I give her a spoon to hold. I give her a bit of food then let her have a go!
27/06/2013 at 09:06
Ive also combined the two and had no problems. My son is happy to take food off me but if i give him the spoon he will try to feed himself. He also loves his finger foods! I think there can be a lot of pressure to do blw but there is no problem and nothing wrong with purees and spoon feeding. You have to do what works for you and your LO. Good luck x
05/11/2013 at 18:26
You can't mix the 2 methods. You're either doing baby led or traditional weaning with purees and finger food. & you need to find the method that works for your family.
To answer the orginal post, for BLW you can do pre loaded spoons. You put the food onto the spoon & either put it on the tray for them to pick up & eat or give it to them to eat themselves. The main thing is that they control putting the food into their mouth so they are controlling how much and when the food is going in.
Give it time, some babies take longer than others to start eating. It's not race & they will get there in their own time. Good luck & enjoy the BLW journey, it's well worth it
08/11/2013 at 06:36
i did BLW and spoon feeding together. I would let him have finger food to play, touch, smell and eat while I prepared his meals. Then I would spoon speed him. I would also give him a spoon to hold while eating. I think it's fine to do both together. Best thing to do is do what feels comfortable for you and the little one. remember for the first year that babies get most of their energy and nutrition from milk. Weaning at this point is to introduce them to taste, textures and learning how to chew food. Good luck
08/11/2013 at 21:21
There's nothing wrong with doing spoon feeding & pureeing, but that is traditional weaning and not BLW. Traditional weaning is purees and finger food. BLW is not the same as finger food as it's when the child has complete control on what, when & how much they eat. If you spoon feed a child you take the control away from them & they're not self feeding.
Definietely do which method works for you & your family.
02/01/2014 at 21:42
02/01/2014 at 23:57
Lucy, what you've mentioned (purees & finger food) is the traditional method of weaning. Yes a lot of people do it & it works for them & if it's what you feel comfortable with then try this method. With BLW (which isn't the same as traditional weaning) there aren't strict guidelines only that you let your child feed themselves all meals (if you spoon feed that's traditional weaning) & you shouldn't start much before 6 months. There is a spectrum of how people start BLW. Some, like me, start offering their child food at all meals from 6 months, giving the exact same food as we were eating. Some feel more confident starting with a piece of fruit & veg & building up to full meals.
Do what you feel confident with & what works for your family
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