After the basic fruits and vegetables, how do you give chicken in this method?
Also, at what age can I give lentils for iron?
With baby lead, when do you introduce veg. soup, where it needs to be eaten with a spoon?
Thank you for any replies.
I've found (like every other parenting thing), the less you stick to a "method", the easier it will be.
My LO started with sweet potato, banana, avocado...soft foods she could pick up herself. However I did not limit it to only food she could pick up herself. I would give her meat that I chewed a little with my front teeth (now I just give her small pieces, big enough to chew but not so big she could choke), if we were having soup, I'd spoon it into her mouth (not fearing that I had broken something or completely ruined the idea of BLW).
This site has some pretty good charts and such on when you can introduce which foods: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ I found it helpful though I didn't stick to it 100%.
Just out of curiosity, why not the broth? I think with some soups, it's supposed to be pretty nutrient dense since it leaches the goodies out of the bones and the water-soluble vitamins from the veggies.
But IDK anything. Still a few months away from first hand experience!
I follow the Weston A. Price Foundation, and there is an emphasis on nutrient-dense foods such as egg yolks (whites are allergenic), liver, and vegetables cooked in butter or coconut oil as first foods. I plan to use all of those with the exception of butter since my son appears to be sensitive to dairy.
They will develop the skill of chewing and swallowing over time if you keep offering, and don't worry if they don't get much at first.. I just would put the little chunks in front of them and let them try their best--they are learning much more than just eating! My kids always loved boiled apple chunks, sweet potatoes, banana, and crock pot balls (I would put roast, potatoes, and veggies in the blender and then form into little squishy balls for them to pick up.).
I tried the egg yolks as a first food for my youngest, but he'd always spit it out or throw it up soon after eating. To this day he won't eat egg yolks unless they are beat into scrambled eggs.
I've read that with puree foods, babies learn to swallow first, then chew. With BLW they lean to chew and gnaw first, then to swallow. I think this is normal.
I am getting in on this thread a bit late but purely because I was trying to get some ideas! I have heard of boiled apple chunks being excellent, a tried and tested method by many that usually has great results, probably because it is so sweet!
I wanted to share Ella's Kitchen (http://www.ellaskitchen.co.uk/) with you all as it has been recommended several times, they have a great selection of baby food so your baby is likely to find at least one he or she loves, and the packaging means they can hold it themselves which works brilliantly for those early stages of moving onto solid foods (still quite messy though!)
I hope this helps!