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    Default BLW + SOS = Disaster?

    I have been following the save our sleep routines with my 4 month old DS which has been working really well. He is breastfed and feeds 4hrly during the day and once (sometimes twice) overnight. His weight gain is really good (he is quite enormous- haven't weighed for a while).
    I've just finished reading the BLW book and really want to follow it strictly, so not start until 6 months and no spoon feeding at all.
    BUT I don't want to mess up our routine either. Am I setting myself up for a fail? I'm worried that he will need more bf's over the next few months until he starts really eating solids well. He never really 'demands' a feed as such now.
    What have other BLW'ers found, do your babies demand more milk feeds once they get up to and past 6 months until they're eating a decent amount of solids?

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    I followed BLW and I loved that solids were just introduced informally whenever the family ate and not to any set schedule. So if bubs was awake when we all sat down to eat then he ate. If he was asleep then no big deal.

    So some days he might have had solids 5 times, other days only once or twice. But my idea was to encourage him to explore and enjoy food without the pressure to eat a set amount.

    Some very routine orientated books aim to maximize solid food intake to try and maximize sleep - (in my opinion only) - which is probably the opposite of what I was doing.

    I didn't find my kids needed 'extra' milk feeds as such, but the breastfeeds just reduced slowly between 6 months and a year. I couldn't really say if they would have reduced quicker on purées but I doubt it.

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    I follow SOS and I do think you might struggle a bit- especially if you stick to the SOS feeding times. Also remember that it could make things tricky not just until you start solids but until at least 12 months because with BLW you would not just be starting later but babe will (probably) not be eating the same volumes of food for some time.
    My experience was that while I follow SOS and I did somewhat follow the weaning advice, I did alter it to suit my personal beliefs on baby nutrition. So for example I did not feed rice cereal (or any grains until 12months). I fed purées (as per sos) and LOTS of finger food and food off my plate from the very beginning. This took some work in regards to keeping to all the other SOS routine but it worked out in the end and I have a great sleeper and eater. I have not read the BLW book but do you think you can do both? Introduce bub to a variety of foods and textures (BLW style) to encourage good feeding skills and habits and give purées too....?
    I hope I haven't confused or put you off.... I say try BLW and if it messes with sleep or routine then just reasses.
    Good luck. X

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    I did BLW with two out of three of my kids and have read SOS and did try it with my first and I'd have to honestly say that I think true BLW and SOS routines are pretty incompatible. I don't know for sure though, maybe a SOS BLW advocate will come and prove me wrong!

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    Default BLW + SOS = Disaster?

    I did BLW 100% from 6 months ( I formula fed from 5 months so can't help you with your original question) and I don't think you can give purées as well as giving purées at all will just confuse them - BLW is not very routine oriented as they eat when and how much they want so yes it might not work with sos but it's such a great way to introduce solids so hopefully you can do both!
    My DS didn't drink any more , at 9 months he was eating 3 meals s day so started dropping bottles so as pp said you might be ok - every baby is different and his current Breast feeding schedule may still work fine for you

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    Thanks for the replies! I haven't even read the feeding section of SOS yet, but I think she recommends starting solids at 4 months. DS really doesn't seem ready at all, so I think either way I wouldn't start yet,
    RedCreamingSoda- I have thought about an approach to solids like you described, but I think a big part of BLW is not putting anything in babies mouth, so they set the pace with how much they do or don't eat and you don't really encourage them to eat at all, just offer, so I'd prefer not to do any spoon feeding.
    I think for now I'll continue in the SOS routine that I am on, I'm not sure what I'll do when he is ready to drop a sleep though...
    You would think that by the third child I would have figured out my parenting style, but I'm still torn between strict routine and baby led!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBug'sMum View Post
    You would think that by the third child I would have figured out my parenting style, but I'm still torn between strict routine and baby led!
    This made me laugh so much! I am a crazy homebirthing, extended tandem breastfeeding, homemade wipe making hippy who also follows a routine. I have thought before that I'm not sure if I fit in with the baby wearers or the sleep training mums!!!! I have now decided that being in the middle is awesome and I call myself a 'baby led routine' kinda mum. After all, all my routines are lead my my sons needs. Good luck xxx

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    Thought I would give you all an update. DS is 7 months old now, we have stuck with the BLW and let the SOS go. He does have a bit of a routine, in that he has 2 sleeps during the day, usually 3 meals a day (sometimes 2- breakfast time is the trickiest), has about 6 bf's during the day now, and some overnight too. Not really sure if the overnight waking is hunger, sleep regression or habit now, but I'm kind of okay with it at the moment, feel like I'm getting enough sleep etc. although that might all change when I have to go back to work in a few months time.
    Solids wise he is pretty awesome at picking things up and getting them in his mouth, I think he gets a bit down, but not convinced that he is eating a significant amount of solids yet. I don't think I could spoon feed him now if I wanted to, if he sees a spoon coming towards him, he grabs it out if my hand!

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