Next week Dramababy turns 6 months. And you know what that means, solid foods. And what that REALLY means is insanely disgusting crap diapers.
We cheated and started a little early. I thought I was being a good solid hippie by pureeing my own baby foods and buying organic fresh produce and feeding him from my own fingers. Sounds good right? WRONG. Those damn hippies always one up me when I least expect it. Obviously I jumped on the band wagon as soon as I heart about it…
Baby Led Weaning.
First, it’s the dumbest name for a thing ever because it’s not what it sounds like. We’re not weaning G. He’ll still be breastfed for at least the first year of his life. But we are giving him real foods now. Baby Led Weaning is about giving them actual foods, not mush, regular people food. You give him foods that he can hold and chew and lick and stuff. It’s about learning to chew before swallowing, where puree stuff is about swallowing before chewing. The best part is that it’s lazy people friendly. No magic bullet, no steaming, no mush on my floors and in my hair. Just regular style. It’s also about the baby learning to feed themselves and not sitting around shoving a spoon into their mouths.
Ok here were my concerns so I’m sure you’re thinking them too:
1) I will kill my baby
To be fair this is a concern of mine on an hourly basis. So far so good. As long as the food is cut into large pieces that they can hold, but can’t swallow (that’s the key), this method is kill proof. You don’t give them chokable things like nuts or dimes, but stick to apples, cucumbers, pears, and then you move on to large chunks of meat that they can suck on for iron and then fancy things like french toast and sweet potato fries.
2) I will starve my baby
…which leads back to #1. Also, babies are food geniuses. They know when they are hungry and MAN do they tell you. We’re sort of following the theory of “food for fun until one”. So he’ll still be getting just as much breast milk as before. Starvation solved.
3) My mom will think I’m insane
4) My baby will be laughed at by all the other babies
No. YOUR baby will laugh at those dumb mush faced babies all the way to Whole Foods. Your baby will be all chill with his stick of mango at the restaurant asking the waiter to make his steak medium, while that other baby will be covered in pureed liver bean gravy sauce.
I’ve personally met 2 sophisticated babies who were baby led weaned and it’s so cool to see a tiny baby eating a chicken wing and a whole apple. And let me tell you how happy those moms were to not be pureeing crap at a party for regular food eating people. I want to be one of those people.
This is the book that we’re using. There’s a good summary about how to do this hippie food stuff and then easy safe non killable recipes to go with it.
The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Easy, Nutritious Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat (and Love!) a Variety of Solid Foods – and That the Whole Family Will EnjoyChild Care Books)
I’ll let you know how it goes. If I get discouraged, please remind me of this.
MODG & G