So, we’re 3 weeks in to baby led weaning. We’ve had no choking episodes so far. And have a baby who is trying everything that’s put in front of him. It’s a success so far.
But the OH is still unconvinced (mainly because of the mess). They ended up mushing up some melon for N yesterday because he was being looked after by my sister-in-law and they were all too scared of him choking when having finger foods so young (they all brought their children up doing purees, so going straight to finger food is an odd proposition).
I’m wasn’t impressed. It doesn’t help N learning to feed himself, when everyone else round him when he’s eating, gets worried and stressed out. Especially when he’s doing brilliantly on his own.
Broccoli this evening was removed when he dropped it and that caused him angst…he cried until I’d finished my meal and could sit him on my lap with some butternut squash and pear I’d already prepared. However, the OH then put a bit of lamb in his mouth…feeding him goes against baby led weaning as the child should be choosing what to put in his mouth so they learn to cope with it themselves.
Yes it’s messy. But then purees can be too, especially when babies start feeding themselves. Baby led weaning just means that we’ll get over the messy stage earlier than puree weaners. Plus I don’t think the mess is that bad. Generally N eats rather than plays with his food, so there’s probably less mess than there might have been.
It’s frustrating when others don’t understand or follow the method we’re using. I’m thinking it’s just going to be easier to only feed N our food when we’re on our own to avoid further arguments. But we’ll continue, it’ll just take some time for others to get on board as well
How did others react to whatever weaning method you chose?.