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#1 of 9 Old 03-31-2008, 03:13 PM - Thread Starter
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So, I know we've all probably got at least 4-5 months if not longer before worrying about it, but is anyone here planning on doing baby-led weaning with regards to starting solid foods? (I think that there's a good wikipedia page on the topic if you're unfamiliar with it.)

With my first ds we did a little bit of babyfood and he was never really into it all that much with the exception of some yummy fruits. And really, I found that spoon-feeding him was a total pain in the butt. This time around after learning a little more about baby led weaning I'm thinking that may be the way to go if it seems to work well for dd.

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I did with dd and would again if it weren't for allergy issues; I'm afraid I'll be holding grabby little fingers away from my plate and yelling at big kids for leaving food lying around where the toddler can find it again, hopefully more successfully than I did with ds1. As long as Terran is getting enough to stay healthy, he will be an exclusively breastfed baby for nine months as a first short term goal but hopefully for a full year.

With dd, we did finger foods only and no baby food until I wanted to show her what blueberries tasted like off season and bought her a jar of Earth's Best blueberry applesauce when she was about 2.

We started with rice crackers. There is one brand that is square and like felt instead of with the individual grains, but the individual grain kind would probably be okay too. Bananas are another good early food, as are apples. I also have some really cute pictures of her enjoying bell pepper slices when she was quite young. She did a lot of sucking and chewing and tasting raw fruits and vegetables while carefully supervised and we never had a choking incident.

I wish my memory was a bit better, but it doesn't need to be since this came so naturally to me. I already look forward to giving Terran little tastes while I cook and eat. I remember being advised to bring a garlic press to restaurants and friends' houses for instant single-serving baby food or else using the "baby bird" method of just chewing a bite or two for baby.

I'll have more to say about reducing breastmilk consumption later, probably more than anyone really wants to hear. Both of my big kids nursed past toddlerhood but one self-weaned and I accidentally weaned the other and have a lot of regrets even though he was well past the age that most US babies stop nursing.
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We started feeding DD at 6 months and her body let us know she wasn't ready (even though she was presenting the typical behaviors) so she didn't actually start eating until about 10 months. Then it was all finger foods. This time I plan to waiting until atleast 7 months to start any solids and it will definately not be any thing totally pureed. I did make a lot of baby food for DD because I didn't want to do the store bought stuff but I wish I had saved myself all the work and just let her eat little pieces!
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I plan to!
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I plan to hold off on solids until he's ready for finger foods. I just don't see the point (this time around) of giving him solids until he can handle feeding himself (with his fingers.) So I'll gauge it by how many teeth he has and how interested he is after 9 mo. If he isn't ready at that point I'll re-evaluate at a year

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I'm not sure what we'll do with this one.

With my first, I did the typical rice cereal at 6 months or so, and she took to it right away, loved all foods, and was a great eater.

Dd2 was a different story. She'd eat a bite here and there, but didn't have any interest in being fed. At around 8 months, I caught her with a bowl of beef stew that she'd pulled off a table, so I figured she was ready. LOL!

With Adam, I was all set to hold off any food for 8-9 months or so -- until he made it clear he was ready. Ha ha ha. At just under 4 months old, he dive-bombed my mouth as I was eating popcorn in a desperate attempt to get some. I kept holding him off because the calendar said it was too early. But then I realized -- he was sitting up, he was starting to get teeth, and he was already 20 lbs (the same weight my girls were when they were starting solids). So I just started him with little tastes here and there to satisfy his curiosity. He never got "baby food" per say, but I also didn't try to feed him a real meal until he was about a year old.

I'll play it by ear with this one. I'll most likely do the baby-led route, but I may delay him if I think it's too early (he's already watching intently while I eat and opening his mouth when he sees a fork or spoon with food on it, but I have no interest in giving him anything for at least 2 months.) I'm in no hurry, though. He can wait a year if he wants.
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with my oldest 2 girls it was pretty simple..when they where about 6-7 months old i sat them in highchairs..put some solid soft foods on the trays & let them eat what they wanted & could manage to get to their mouths..

both loved foods & by 9 months i was giving them a spoon & letting them play & feed with that & their hands
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Alex was started too early, on medical advice, but it did make the reflux symptoms go away. In retrospect, I don't know what's worse- baby rice or antacids- so I'm not beating myself up too badly. With Isaac we did blw starting past the 6 month mark, and Skye was gagging for solids at five months. In the end we gave her chunks of vegetables, which she ate with gusto but was unable to swallow until close to 6 mo. I'm planning on doing that again but introducing a bowl and spoon very early- she has a real hatred of messy/ sticky foods and I don't know if we can blame the blw or not

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Our kids lay/sit on our laps while we eat. When they're ready, they take food off of our plates and give it a try. We don't do baby food at all ... just let our children self-feed when they're ready.

Come to think of it, we did this will all but our first (I made and spoon-fed him baby food starting at 6 months) and our first is a VERY picky eater and the rest will eat/try anything!
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