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She is adamant on feeding herself. I had a feeling this is how she would roll. After Kellie's recommendation in the comments on this post, I seriously considered Baby Led Weaning, which basically involves offering the child a selection of finger foods and they choose what and how much they'd like to eat. The only thing that held us back was the fear of choking, which doesn't seem to freak us out as much now that we've seen her food handling skills.

So far she's gobbled up a myriad of combinations of pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, apple and carrot. I was all prepared for this whole eating thing to take a good couple of weeks...most people warned me that she'd just spit it out at first, and that I'd have to persist. Not Lalie, she's polished off nearly a kg bag of organic carrots in just over a week. She's a natural eater, just like her Mum.

... so I might just give Baby Lalie Led Weaning a try. Has anyone else gone down this path? Would love to hear all about it.

* Note to self - Must invest in some proper bibs. The napkin stuffed down the collar approach is clearly failing me.

18 comments :

  1. funny story - I fed Che too much carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato and he turned orange - literally, his skin was orange. I didn't notice it for a while because I was with him all the time but I all-of-a-sudden freaked out, took him to the doctor (was worried about liver failure) and she told me he had too much beta-carotene in his system. Ha!

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  2. So funny, that used to happen to me when I used to have too many vegetable juices! I have been keeping that in mind...we're going with a green theme this week! x

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  3. with aila i was a slave to the mushy baby foods. it felt like i was always in the kitchen prepping foods then trying to force them into her with a spoon.

    took the baby led weaning approach with elliot. his first foods were watermelon and homemade pizza that he grabbed straight out of my hand. he's always eaten pretty much what we eat and has become an expert in coughing up anything that goes down the wrong way.

    hands down the latter feels like the most common sense and easy (i'm all for easy) approach. also helps to ameliorate the likelihood of fussy eating habits and food issues in my experience.

    have you got your hands on the book "baby led weaning" - it's worth a read.

    good luck. now the mess begins!
    (one of those rubber bibs with a trough is a godsend)

    rachel xo

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  4. I did the pureed thing with my other babies, but I've used the tips in the Baby Lead weaning book for Violet this time around. She loves the finger food and is just now eating a toasted homemade bread roll half with butter. Not much is going in, but she certainly enjoys the tactile experience of playing with her food. Though the downside being that she does gag sometimes and this really freaks hubby out. I do offer mashed potato and cooked apple sometimes, but she just takes the spoon out of my hand, so she is still feeding herself in a sense. And making a lot of mess in the process! Apparently babies using this method are less fussy later on, which if true, will be a huge bonus, as my eldest was extremely fussy. Look forward to hearing how you go xo

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  5. cuuute. i really have no input or advice for this topic as i am not a mother yet and am not around kiddos. but - she is getting soo big soo fast!

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  6. I wish I knew your secret. Bella will only entertain pasta and pretzels! I have to hide veg in mashed potatoes. Anything green or orange is an instant no no!

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  7. It's been such a long time since I weaned my last one I can't really remember what we did! It sounds like Eulalie is on the right track though.

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  8. BLW is really the easy (lazy) approach. I can't imagine any other way. Your hands are free to eat your own meal too! Imagine that! Read the book - it's really good, really reassuring about the main concerns people have. It looks like she'd be great at it too!

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  9. Hmm I have not heard of baby led weaning. With our five, they ate pureed vegies and fruit till they were around six months then they pretty much ate what we did and feed themselves when they could manage the whole hand to mouth coordination.
    She looks like she has the hang of it already :)
    x

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  10. A kilo of carrots is a mightily impressive first week!! Kellie xx

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  11. Yep, baby led weaning all the way i say!! I'm sure she would love it and you would too. I swear my kids eat so well because of it! I have been doing talks to the new mums groups in my area on the subject so if you need anymore info or have any questions let me know. can you tell i'm passionate? :)

    xx jody

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  12. Hehe Claire. Too cute. I can't get over how good Lalie is at feeding herself! A natural indeed. Elke was never a fan of pureed food and we pretty much just gave her little bits of what we were eating at the time. Kind of like baby led weaning I think. xx

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  13. This is soo cute Claire. What a good girl Eulalie is feeding herself and eating all her carrots. Life is so much easier when little ones enjoy eating their food so well. xo

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  14. Loving learning all these new terms and methods. She is so cute. I love a gal who enjoys her food xx

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  15. can you write a post on baby led weaning? i'd like to know more....

    go on, do it for me

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  16. Really I shouldn't be here...my children are no longer babies but I'm so enjoying your blog. So much! And that little animation is the best! She is one super cute baby and I adore her name, it sounds so pretty and musical....

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  17. I got the book and just loved it- I couldn't put it down!
    We are doing this now and although I still have moments where I worry about her choking, she seems pretty capable about coughing anything back up and then just goes back for more mouthfuls. Doing a babies & toddler first aid course also helped me stop worrying, now I at least know what to do if worst comes to worse.
    If I feed her yogurt or mash potato I will give her the first few spponfuls then let her play with the spoon herself... it is amazing how fast she has improved at feeding herself. And I also think she really loves being at the table and participating in mealtime with the rest of us.

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  18. I'm just watching Lalie feeding herself again. That bib of yours is bloody hilarious! She's like a food critic gone wild!! Kellie xx

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