Did anyone here NOT do BLW....

(40 Posts)
AidanTheRevengeNinja Thu 18-Jul-13 10:17:55

...and if not, why not, and how did it go?

We are thinking of going the mash plus finger food for a variety of reasons, but can't find many threads on this.

Thanks smile

We didn't- I just felt that for us the progression from smooth to steadily lumpier was more workable for us. I used jars, pouches and homemade according to what and where we were. More expensive, yes, but a hell of a lot easier! The result is an 18 month old who loves his food, eats proper meals with us and is a perfect weight smile

MiaowTheCat Mon 22-Jul-13 09:40:00

I didn't (and I had a very nasty encounter with a BLW fanatic over it as well which still hurts over 7-8 months on).

DD1 was premature - was definitely ready for solids at 6months in terms of the hunger and milk intake levels (was downing full 9oz bottles and wanting more, weight gain going skyrocketing and even hungry baby milk only bought us a little bit longer in terms of time) but didn't have the motor skills or interest in bringing things to her mouth at that point (oh god did we get past that phase and to the tiresome "everything goes in the gob" later on in life!) - so we very loosely followed Annabel Karmel in terms of getting ideas for things to combine and puree, coupled with other random stuff I found researching and the odd jar and pouches. Added in finger food as her development caught up to that point and now she's at the rebellious toddler "I will finger feed myself individual peas and take five hours to do so but you are NOT coming near me with that spoon mother" phase like anticipated.

I just did weaning. Made food, served it and let them eat it how they wanted. Sometimes with me feeding , sometimes themselves. Dd2 preferred finger food style but she also are soup which she bathed in whilst eating grin

I have no idea what name is put to how I did it and I don't care. grin it' was just weaning to me. Worked out just fine smile

GingerDoodle Mon 22-Jul-13 20:25:35

We did a mixture of both simply because we felt it was the right way for us!

Ragwort Mon 22-Jul-13 20:32:06

Agree with Where - I weaned my 'baby' over 12 years ago so we didn't go in for these fancy descriptions grin - he had pureed fruit and veg for the first couple of months (if my memory serves me right) and then we just mushed up whatever meal we were having - sometimes he ate it himself sometimes we spooned it in.

So much 'angst' about this sort of thing, save your worries for the teenage years grin.

Yika Mon 22-Jul-13 20:34:00

I didn't. I'm in Belgium and at the nursery here DD started on veg purées at 6 months and didn't get even lumpy food till about 1 year old I think. I just followed their lead at home too. They seem to take it slower on the whole here. It suited me fine because DD got her teeth very late. Can't remember when she got the first but it was late and then on its own for months! So she couldn't chew. She always enjoyed her purées and now at 34 months she is still a hearty eater.

Passmethecrisps Mon 22-Jul-13 20:34:09

I thought I would be a BLW purist but as with everything I thought pre-baby it all went to shit.

My wee one is 8 months old and reacted badly to reflux and CMPI at 1 month. We were warned weaning could be a challenge as such babies are often funny about new textures and tastes they can't identify.

Anyway, for over a month all she would eat was rice cakes. Occasionally I managed to sneak some purée onto one but she mainly left those.

I was put under a bit of pressure by both the HV and the dietician so kept persevering with purées as they were unable to help me with BLW ideas for a baby who is egg allergic and dairy intolerant.

She is now doing fine. I like the control spoon feedin gives me. After months of anxiously counting oz of milk I wasn't quite ready to just throw stuff on her tray and be done.

I like spoon feeding with breaks for her to eat finger food. Meals take an hour but hay ho

Yika Mon 22-Jul-13 20:34:54

Ps I know they can chew with the gums but you get the general gist.

Sheshelob Mon 22-Jul-13 20:41:24

I didn't. I bought a book about it an anticipation of it but DS started solids at 17 weeks shock so we mashed, mashed, mashed with some finger food from 6 months.

Now 20 months, he's an awesome eater, and always has been.

Ragwort Mon 22-Jul-13 21:13:36

Yika - I read your post so quickly I thought you said you gave your baby chewing gum grin.

paperclips Mon 22-Jul-13 21:17:07

We didn't. The first few things we gave him were "baby led" because we just let him play. Just simple mashed sweet potato and he ate it ok himself but it seemed so limited, having to think of things he'd be able to pick up and get into his mouth. So we ended up spooning food in more and more and he was loving it so we continued, but made sure he also had finger foods. Typically he'd have finger food for lunch, like toast or sticks of steamed veg, and a spoon-fed dinner and breakfast (can't imagine what how BLW weetabix would work- it'd redecorate the kitchen!) We generally mashed rather than pureed, he had lumpy food from 6 months. At 10 months his food is now pretty either much a chopped up, or finger food-able version of what we eat. He eats a wide range of foods, though I'm fully aware he might still turn fussy later as a toddler.

I liked the idea of BLW but was a bit confused. I thought the point was that baby could eat what you ate but we eat saucey things, stews, curries, rice, couscous, things a baby couldn't get into his mouth himself. What about porridge, yogurt etc? Surely you have to spoon it in?

I think the term Baby-led is a bit misleading anyway. It's not as though babies choose what you actually serve them whichever method you follow. And I'd argue the mixed method is still "baby-led" because if he doesn't want to eat it he won't, it's not like we force-feed them.

Yika Mon 22-Jul-13 22:32:34

ragwort ha ha! That would be a novel weaning idea!

AidanTheRevengeNinja Tue 23-Jul-13 11:31:52

Thanks for the responses everyone - really helpful smile

We will just be Weaning (Unclassified) then - mix and match, and stuff will hopefully get down one way or another!

AidanTheRevengeNinja Tue 23-Jul-13 11:36:41

Ha you're right re unnecessary angst Ragwort. My mother recently told me I was weaned at 3 months on crushed up rusks and had Coke in my sippy cup (I kid you not) - yet 30 years later I am a healthy weight with a varied diet, love cooking and have adventurous tastes in food. So maybe it doesn't matter that much grin

Yonihadtoask Tue 23-Jul-13 11:39:45

Not here. But DS is now 15 - BLW wasn't heard of back then as far as I know.

Started him on spoon fed home purees at 4 months (again, different rules!) gradually getting more lumpy foods in. By 7 or 8 months he was very adept at finger foods, with spoon handling not long after.

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