Baby led weaning is going spectacularly. We hit the one month mark of solids and our confidence started to waver that this way of feeding him was even going to work because he didn’t seem to actually be consuming much. He would gnaw a little and when a piece went in his mouth his facial expression the very definition of horrified. He would thrust his tongue out until the food was good and gone, landing back on the tray (you’re welcome).
We decided to stick with it, though and not even a week later OBaby’s eating skill was clearly making leaps and bounds of progress. The look of horror is mostly gone (unless it’s a new food) and he actually swallows every now and again (as evidenced by poop changes (you’re welcome)).
Our very favorite foods are banana, peaches, pears, avocado, egg, and toast. Well, those are our favorites because those are the staples right now. Everything that he’s tried 3 times or more has become a favorite, especially last week.
This way of feeding OBaby has been good for our whole family. Sure it’s more convenient than having to spoon feed him, but I am also being challenged to use the food he eats at least part of our meal (with the exception of egg so far). This makes me serve a salad with avocado on it, when I might have otherwise rushed to just plate up the entree. We’ve had pears and peaches with dinner more times this month than we have since he was born. I feel like being so intentional about his healthy eating habits has had a directly positive effect on ours.
Isn’t baby lead weaning great? I don’t serve my son processed foods, so I end up serving DanO and myself unprocessed foods, too. Goodness all around.
We’re doing a bit of a solid foods hiatus right now to let his throat heal, but we’ll be back at it when he’s back at it.