If you’ve never heard of baby led weaning (aka: BLW; introduction of solid foods), go here. It’s really simple and has worked so well for our family. Basically, Camryn eats whatever we eat (within reason). If she eats everything I give her or nothing it all, it’s up to her. We don’t spoon-feed (check out the picture below for her reaction to mushy bananas on a spoon!) and we don’t put food in her mouth. I simply give her easy to hold and chew foods and let her decide how much she wants. It has been amazing to watch her learn so quickly – her pincer grasp is very advanced for her age, she chews very efficiently and has only gagged a couple of times. I was pretty nervous about the gagging/choking aspect of BLW, but after watching a few videos on YouTube that show the difference it has gotten easier to let her learn what she can handle on her own.
We began BLW at 6 months and this is a list of just some of the foods she’s eaten:
- whole wheat toast
- brown rice
- pasta with tomato sauce
- green beans
- cottage cheese
- oatmeal fingers (will post recipe soon!)
Our pediatrician advised us to wait to introduce eggs because of Irelyn’s egg allergy and we’ve also noticed that Camryn’s eczema worsens after eating any dairy – so we’ve eliminated dairy from her diet for now (Irelyn outgrew her dairy allergy/sensitivity by about 18 months so we’re hoping for the same with Camryn). Now that she’s gotten the hang of BLW, I’ve started trying different recipes that I’ve found online. There is a Carrot & Bean Cakes recipe below that Cami loves! I’ll post more BLW recipes as we try them out.
This was her reaction to mushy bananas that I spoon-fed her…
…and this is her 1st BLW experience!
And here are a few other pictures from the past 7 weeks of BLW.
Clearly, it’s very messy. But you can also tell by all the smiles that she absolutely loves it!
Carrot & Bean Cakes
1/2 cup cooked, mashed carrot
1 cup white beans, mashed well
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 tbsp flour (I had to use a couple tbsp more than this to form patties)
Mix the carrot puree with the mashed beans, garlic and flour.
Form the mixture into little patties with your hands – if the mixture is too moist, add a little more flour.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan/skillet.
Fry the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden.
Serve with applesauce for dipping!
I found the recipe here: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/baby-led-weaning-recipes.html#ixzz388SJMiMjHere is Cami enjoying her carrot and bean cakes this morning!