baby led weaning – Zoe at 7 months
It feels like Zoe was just born. Yesterday. Then I blinked and she turned into a sitting on her own, smiling, playing and now eating little girl. The newborn is gone. I guess now she’s a baby, but next time I blink she’ll be a walking, talking toddler. Sniff sniff.
Around 6 months, once she could sit up straight on her own we started having her in the booster seat at the table with us. It was quite a smooth transition having Hunter sit in a big boy chair, and Zoe take over the booster. He was not holding on to that one at all.
Why baby-led weaning? And what the heck is it? Check out my previous posts that explain it from when I started at 6 months with Hunter (starting and at 8 months). It’s worked out so well with him! At 2 years, 4 months old he is a great eater about 90% of the time. And the times when he isn’t a good eater is usually when people are at our house or we’re out and he just wants to play. Basically he’s an easily distracted toddler.
Right about 6 months old we started having Zoe at the table with us mostly at dinner time. If I had something soft enough then I gave it to her. She started out with lots of bananas, figs, avocado, yams… and whatever soft veggie or fruit I had. The first month was the learning phase. She was learning that food goes into her mouth. Then she has to mash it up in her gums, then swallow it. Or really gag it down sometimes.
Now she’s actually getting some food in (yes, poop is very telling). Her absolute two favorites she gets super excited about are applesauce (just steamed, mashed apples) fed in a spoon by herself – she grabs it every time and stares me down when I’m eating applesauce if I don’t give her any – and peaches, which we had canned.
Applesauce is messy… but so is everything with baby led weaning. Check out an after dinner shot (peaches, tofu and avocado). The less clothes the better!
Our dog sure is happy to get table food again.
Since this is our second time around it feels so much more relaxed, as it should be. It’s been so fun having her at the table. It’s a great distraction if she’s kind of fussy around lunch time – plus she’s learning how to eat! I just love this stage.
Thoughts on BLW? Or questions! I’d be happy to answer any from my experience with it – I’m a big fan of it!