If you're interested this is a good review of the current (as of 2012) evidence re blw. It's from the NIH so highly reputable. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509508/
The bottom line is that there does still need to be a randomised control trial to determine if the anecdotal benefits of blw hold true. However, the observational research done so far suggests that blw may lead to better self regulation of food intake.
One thing I think it's worth mentioning, I actually know very few people who honestly took a strict one style approach (eg blw or puréed/spoon feeding). Most people, myself included, do more of one but do do bits of both. So yes, I would say I did blw. But on nights when dh and I had soups or bolognese there was definitely some spoon feeding for dd. I also spoon fed yoghurt and pouches of puréed fruit at times.
I also think blw has been around longer than we realise. It just didn't have a fancy name. My aunty's approach to weaning in the 80s was "when they reach out and take it from my plate, they can have it. Sounds very blw to me!
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26-06-2016 14:42 #21
26-06-2016 14:51 #22
Main****** parenting isn't for everyone
There are more benefits than just what the babe gets and long term eating habits. It's a more natural progression of learning to eat, much like balance bikes and not training wheels
I'm glad what you did worked for you and what I did worked for me! I'm going to sing the praises of what worked for most of the people in my 'village'
26-06-2016 15:07 #23
I liked the idea of not giving rice cereal, but doing fruits, vege & meat from the beginning. We did a combination of spoon feeding/finger foods. DD's first taste of food was about 5.5 months, we were out for lunch and she grabbed some watermelon off the plate.
I don't have the patience to let a baby eat yoghurt etc with their hands so spoon fed runny things until DD could use a spoon herself.
Agree with pp's that most people do a combination and don't stick to either method too strictly!
26-06-2016 15:26 #24
I was a strict BLW follower but I had the time, only 1 child and had heaps of full body bibs made! He was eating loaded spoons of quinoa porridge from about 7 months, yogurt was dipped from cucumber sticks and pasta, well that was grab a handful and throw it in your mouth! Very messy but by about 1 he had perfect aim and rarely dropped much food and was easily using a spoon for soup at about 18 months without spilling any !
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26-06-2016 15:34 #25
I would definitely steer clear of the rice cereal. It has no nutritional value and a very high GI.
I've done purees from 4 months (DS1) and BLW from 6 months (DS2). DS1 was and remains an amazingly adventurous eater. DS2 has a shockingly limited diet and is excessively fussy. So BLW didn't work in that respect for me. But I'm hoping DS2 will turn around on food eventually.
I think for DS3 (due in August) I might do a bit of both and see how that works out. As pp have said its probably best to be guided by your child. As while DS1 was fed purees he wasn't fed that way for long and as soon as he was able he took the spoon out of my hand and helped himself! DS2 has never shown any real enthusiasm for food.
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26-06-2016 15:41 #26
I'm definitely hoping to follow ds' lead when he's ready.
I suspect there'll be some spoon feeding involved as I don't think I'm relaxed enough to let a baby go crazy with things like bolognese or yoghurt on a spoon on their own
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27-06-2016 10:26 #27
ok getting peeved off. ds turned 4m on Saturday and I've been inundated with a barrage of pressure regarding getting him onto solids! my mum and sister are pressuring me and just had 4m MCHN visit and she was on my case too! argh!!
27-06-2016 10:31 #28
Just ignore it if you don't want to start. Your baby, your call x
27-06-2016 10:43 #29Senior Member
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Hey. My DS was not ready for solids at 4 months. He was barely ready at 6 months. He hated food lol.
It really is up to you but I will male 1 suggestion regardless of when you start solids - start giving probiotocs when solids begin. Solids tend to give bubs stomach a hard time and it should help out a bit.
Also, I cannot believe your bub is 4 months!!! Mine is 11 weeks (12 on Friday) - where did the time go???
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27-06-2016 11:04 #30
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