I have embarked on a new adventure with C and we are still working out the kinks. I have recently begun looking into baby-led weaning, or more accurately baby-led solids since it doesn’t really have anything to do with weaning him off the breast. I have been interested in it for a little while, especially since C is so fiercely independent (I often wonder where he gets that from LOL) and has been trying to grab at my plate since he was about 4 months old. I was kind of timid to try it since I did not know anyone who started their kids off this way, so when he finally started to eat solid foods, they were homemade purees. He always has been a really good eater ( he was 20 lbs + at 6 months) whether at the breast or otherwise, so he did really well with the purees. The only struggle was trying to get him to let me have the spoon so I could load it up to feed him.
Fast forward to this week, when I saw a picture on Instagram taken by Mama_Kat of her son (only a few weeks older than C) chowing down on half a pear for lunch. I asked her about it and she gave me some really good reference blogs that she used to get started with. So, long story short, I am hopping on the BLW train. So far, C has had two meals (green beans and peaches) and he is not quite sure what to think of it. He loves that I am giving him food to play with, but he seems very confused as to why the food is on the tray and not on the spoon. He plays with the food on the tray, but very little of it is getting into his mouth (which amazes me since when he is not in the high chair EVERYTHING goes in his mouth!) and he follows my fork every step of the way from my plate to my mouth. This afternoon, I started giving him his spoon loaded with a bit of puree along with the peach quarter and he did a good job of taking it from me and feeding himself. I am sure he will eventually get the hang of it. Meanwhile I ordered the book Baby Led Weaning from the library in the hopes that it will give me some more information about the whole process to tell Hubby about. If nothing else, this process is giving me some hilarious pictures to be able to show his future girlfriends 🙂