We have not yet tried this, but plan to start. We have read some good information on the following websites:
Here is one more article I just found that is quite useful: http://www.rapleyweaning.com/assets/blw_guidelines.pdf from here: http://www.rapleyweaning.com
We intend to start with avocado and go from there.
My son is now 8 months old and we have adopted a baby-led approach to introducing foods. We've only been doing this for 2 months, so I'm not an expert, but we have found it to be a positive experience overall. For me, when we were getting ready to introducing our son to foods, I had a hard time with the notion that we should feed him prepackaged foods. For the first 6 months of his life, he only ate 100% all natural breast milk. I did not feel comfortable even giving him baby cereals (Reading the ingredients list of infant rice cereal revealed many more ingredients than just "rice".).
Some people feel that you should only introduce one food at a time in case of allergies. At first, I only gave him one new food off my plate every few days (but I did combine two or more foods if he had already tried them). But now, I share just about everything he wants to try (excepting nuts, egg whites, shellfish and foods that he cannot easily mash with his gums). But, I have continued to keep a daily list of which foods I've introduced to our son, just in case he has a reaction.
According to Dr. Sears, the first few months of eating solid foods is all about learning to eat. Babies are still getting almost 100% of their nutrition and calories from breast milk. He suggests that at first you aim for a balanced "week" instead of a balanced day when it comes to making sure your baby has all the food groups. This means that some days my son may eat mostly meat or fruit and other days mostly bread and veggies. But over the course of the week he gets a bit of everything.
I have also been surprised that my son actually wants to nurse more often now that he has begun eating food.
answered 05 Jan '10, 19:08
Quoted from Wholesomebabyfoods:
I have read up a lot on BLW and am very interested in it, but am a bit of a clean-freak and have to get over my neurosis first so I can benefit my baby! I'm also a little concerned about the choking risk, even though I know I shouldn't be as the baby is in control, not you.
Some other benefits of BLW other than what's already been mentioned:
If you don't want lots of reading but want some guidelines, this paper is very useful
We did it for all three of our kids, although we didn't know there was a name for it the first time we tried it with our first son. For us it seemed very natural and the kids never would eat traditional baby food, so it just worked out that way.
Here's a post on my blog where I describe our experience:
I think the most important thing is to find what works for your family.
answered 16 Sep '10, 05:14
My wife and I have been doing baby-led weaning for about 3 months now. We have been documenting it on our YouTube channel, LaneVidsMobile. This video is the first video from our journey doing BLW! I hope these video help!
answered 24 Oct '11, 22:10