I hate using terms like “baby led weaning” or “cry it out method” because I feel like I’m bound to eight million rules and guidelines. Like, we’re Team Cry It Out, but that doesn’t mean I’m never going to rock my baby to sleep, and if I feel like I need to pick him up before the allotted time has passed, I’m going freakin’ pick him up. Sorry, Ferber.
So, now that Jack is almost 6 months old (WHAT?!) it’s come time for us to start introducing solid foods. While this totally makes me feel like we might as well start submitting college applications this week, I’m excited – and so is my nineteen pound chunk of a baby.
Enter: Baby Led Weaning. In case you’re as clueless as I am: “Weaning” in this sense is a British term that means ‘adding complimentary foods’ rather than my American understanding that made me think it meant I’d be withdrawing or replacing nursing. Whew.
Anyway, with Baby Led Weaning, you’re basically just giving your baby normal foods. It’s as simple as that. You can skip the purees, (which sounds great to me, only because it’s one less thing I’d have to add to my to-do list) and simply make sure you’re not handing over a choking hazard. Duh.
To my surprise, my little piggy was quite uninterested in both the banana and the avocado. Our pediatrician warned us that eating doesn’t come naturally like nursing (or bottle feeding) does, so introducing solids will certainly take practice. Who knew?!
Will BLW work for us? Who the hell knows. All I know is that I’m giving it a shot, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll move on to the next! Like I said, I’m not trying to follow any rigid rules or regulations with this feeding thing. Case in point, I mashed up some banana (a BLW no-no) and my kid tried to eat the glass bowl…