Monday, August 18, 2014

Journey to Baby-Led Weaning

I remember hearing the words Baby-Led Weaning from a fellow blogger before, but have not researched nor read about it, because I was at the peak of enjoying the art of making baby foods for my little one.

Until 2 months ago, when my colleague a.k.akumare added me to a closed Facebook group called Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) Philippines. I back read most of the posts in the group, and was amazed how babies at an early age of 6 months can actually munch steamed or boiled vegetables and chew fresh cut fruits on their own.

Baby-Led Weaning is a method of teaching a child to feed themselves from the very start of weaning. By the time the child reached 6 months, she is capable of feeding herself with proper food, the same food that we consume as well minus the heavy flavorings by giving her suitable sized pieces. The very essence of BLW is to refrain us from making purees, no ice cube trays, no food processors, no baby rice… just you and your child, eating the food that you enjoy with you and your family.

At first, I was hesitant to do the same for my little one, but because the idea of having a child that can eat anything like fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks made me decide, that “I don’t want another picky eater at home, I have to teach my girl BLW”. Hence, the journey started, although a little late at 8 months. 

With the help of the babysitter, we are in the process of teaching Z BLW, by giving her fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food for snacks alongside with her usual 3 times a day meal of baby rice (lugaw) + mashed vegetable combination. Z is actually eating at 5 times a day. 

Here are some of the fruits, vegetables, pancake and biscuits that Z ate for snacks during our 1 month BLW journey.

Z and the Avocado

Z and the Sayote

Z and the Broccoli

Z and the Banana-Egg pancake
So far we have no difficulty on the foods she ate or the way she chews before swallowing because she actually eats anything served in front of her. Our problem is that she is too lazy to hold the food on her own. We need to assist her hand and lead it to her mouth. She’ll hold the food for a while as what the pictures captured, then drop it after some beating

Z was spoon fed even since she started solid. And I think she prefers that way, more convenient in her part. But lately, I told her babysitter to teach her how to hold her spoon and feed on her own. We are still struggling but I know later own, she’ll learn how to feed on her own.