hi there - i am starting my 6 month old on solids - he has been ready for a while, grabbing food from our hands, plates, mimicking chewing etc - we are using BLW, and so far have had banana, avacado, mango with a new one every 3 days or so. The thing is it always ends up in tears with him quite frustrated. Its definitely in part due to the slippery nature of the fruits, he can't seem to grasp it well enough for a good long chew/suck. The mango works a little better as we leave the leathery skin on to help him hold it.
I finally took a wooden spoon (made for eating not cooking) and slightly mashed the avocado onto the spoon and handed that to him. He was content. My question is that I seem to be ending somewhere in between with this method - giving him slightly mashed stuff (some lumps) on a spoon that he feeds himself, and larger chunks other times. It doesn't seem worth it to 'torture' him with these things he is not having fun experimenting with. He wants it in his mouth, period. I always feed him after we have nursed, so he's definitely not too hungry.
advice? I haven't read any books on this, have just been researching online.
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I did spoon feed certain foods like yogurt (can you imagine that mess) but most things even mashed potatoes I let the baby figure it out.
Introducing family foods to your baby can be a frustrating and messy time.Yes your bub is definitely ready to eat foods.Baby led weaning is one approach but in my experience works best combined with food offered on a spoon. Babies start to put things in their mouths from around four months and get better at it with practice.Slippery foods are even difficult for adults to hold sometimes.
At six months babies really need to complement their milk feeds with other nutrients. They get hungry. Offering finger foods with every meal as well as spoon foods can work really well. Don't worry about over feeding as babies are really good at letting you know when they have had sufficient. Yes still nurse before offering family foods till around eight months.
thank you everyone, this is so helpful. i will look for a mesh feeder (where does one find these?) and will definitely continue to feed with a spoon also. It makes sense to me to do it both ways so I'm glad to hear others experiences with this. I feel he is actually getting quite hungry, even though we nurse full-time, and want to make sure he is getting enough.....we haven't been doing it at every meal yet, but I think I will start asap.
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It is also considered BLW to pre-load a spoon and hand it to your child. Our LO had 4 teeth by 8 months so the soft only foods was a very short stage for us!
If you are on Facebook there is an active group there that helped me sort things out in the beginning. Just look up Baby Led Weaning and it should pop up.
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