Friday, April 20, 2012
Baby Led Weaning which focuses on letting your child explore the food with her hands, and learn to eat on her own terms, rather than spoon feed. We cut up a banana in long, non-choke-able-yet-baby-handle-able pieces, set a few pieces on the tray of her chair, and let her play with it. On day one, she held it, put it in her mouth, and made a funny face. She explored in this way for a few minutes, until she got fussy. On day two, she put it in her mouth immediately, but spit out chunks whenever she bit some. On day three, she ate a little of it, mostly when it was smooshed on her fingers. She seemed to enjoy it! On day four, I decided to try feeding her smooshed banana, seeing how much she seemed to relish the mush from her fingers. She loved it! She leaned forward eagerly, mouth open! It was such a cute little sight. Since then, we have tried avocado and sweet potato, following the 'four-day rule' of continuing only one food at a time for four days, in case of allergic reaction. We have also decided to let her experience each new food BLW style for the first day or two, until she seems comfortable with it, and eager to actually eat it puree style (true BLW enthusiasts never introduce purees, but we think Nova likes this mix of styles.) So far, I think she loves sweet potato the best!