Originally Posted by Siera
So I read over your blog! Great photos!! I have a question, though: did you find BLW difficult when your son didn't have any teeth? what foods did you find were easiest to start with? and were you ever afraid he wasn't getting enough iron since he was a preemie?
The thing about BLW is that they don't actually consume anything at first. The whole point is that they learn that eating is a social event the family participates in, and they start playing with food. At that age they put everything in their mouths as a way of exploring their world, and they go after food the same way. They won't try to swallow anything for a while, because they don't understand that is what food is for!
So at first, you give them big chunks of food that have interesting tastes and textures, like a half an apple, a piece of broccoli with a long stalk, a piece of asparagus, or a strip of lean steak. They will gum them and suck on them and play with them, and that's about the extent of it for a month. My son didn't really start consuming food until he was about 9 months adjusted age. He started biting off chunks and moving them around in his mouth somewhere around 7 m adj, and he would play with them for a while before spitting them out again. The cool thing IMO about BLW is that they proceed at their own pace, and when they're ready, they eat. There's no battling with a spoon, or trying to convince them to eat. They do it when they're ready.
There's a fantastic book about BLW that you might consider taking a look at, called Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food
, by Gill Rapley. She outlines the hows and whys really well.
Carter was a 29 weeker, so iron has been an issue for us all along. We supplemented for the first whole year. I stopped supplementing him at around 9.5 months adj., a few weeks before his 1 year WBV. They drew a CBC at that visit, and it came back normal, so I knew then he was getting enough iron from milk and solids. So to answer your question, yes, iron remained a concern for us until the tests came back clear. We used the My Kidz brand, and he really liked the taste of it, so it wasn't a problem to give to him. :-)