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6 Responses to Why Baby-led Solids Worked For Us

  1. Erin

    I followed baby led weaning with my daughter, now 10 months as well. And, for mostly the same reasons. Add to that my fears about the link between childhood and adult obesity. I wanted my daughter to try all kinds of foods and never have eating be a battle. We gave her what we ate and she ate as much as she wanted when she wanted starting at 6 months. By 9 months she had perfected the pincher grasp and was eating full meals and demanding more 🙂
    Feeding baby led isn’t an all or nothing thin. I have puches of organic baby food for when we are on the go and I spoon feed her yogurt in the mornings. Just because you choose this style pfnweaning doesn’t mean you can’t ever give a puree. Sometimes shed want to eat faster than she could feed herself and we would help, not a problem.
    Now, I have a foodie who will eat anything and loves pickled and fermented foods as much as fruits. I hope that this groundwork we are laying carries her into childhood as a healthy eater.

    • Adrienne

      Very good point about how it does not have to be all or nothing. In fact, now that my son is 20 months old and wants to do everything independently, I find myself stepping in and helping more than I ever did before at times when I don’t feel up to dealing with the mess. 🙂

  2. Jen Fischer  

    Such a great post. I think a lot of moms get afraid of giving babies solids. I was lucky in that we had a wonderful, seasoned pediatrician. When my first son was coming in as very underweight, he knew my commitment to breastfeeding and that we were feeding on demand. He also recognized that my son was developmentally on track (if not advanced), so he just suggested we start food (mashed banana and some boiled egg yolk). Many people couldn’t believe we were introducing food so early, but he absolutely loved the bananas and the experience of eating, continued to nurse well, and I was grateful to have not had to battle with the pediatrician since formula was not an option I was comfortable with. I wish more moms would see food as a suitable addition when needing to supplement their breastmilk.

    • Adrienne

      You are completely right about the fear factor. Many moms I am friends with have mentioned being nervous about feeding solids, whether it’s a fear of choking or issues with solids affecting milk supply, introducing solids can be an emotional time. But, keeping a positive attitude can keep it fun, both us moms, who are by nature worriers, and for our babies! 🙂

  3. Momma Jorje  

    Thank you for reminding me of cucumber sticks! I have really let my diet go downhill, so I’ve been kind of freaking out as Spencer approaches the 6 month mark. Thankfully, I’m making improvements now – that will make it easier to offer him healthy choices.

    Cucumber sticks were one of Sasha’s favorites!

  4. Adrienne

    Jorje- ah, yes. I remember when it was time for our son to start having food, we made some changes to our diet and grocery list so that he truly could eat almost anything we were eating. For us, it was more a matter of excluding certain items rather than being sure to include some. 😉