Baby-Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food
- Ebury Press
- Publication Date:
- 06 November 2008
- Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Care
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I hate when common-sense parenting methods get labelled with a phrase and we all begin referring to it by the term. e.g. "Did you BLW?".<br/><br/>Baby led weaning is very simply letting your child wean themselves naturally. You don't give them special foods, you don't buy or make fancy purees, and there is no need for any "toddler food" recipe books.<br/><br/>You could the family dinner, you serve it up and you all eat. I used this method and it works.<br/><br/>The huge problem that I have with this book is the contradiction in ideals that it displays. On one hand it encourages you to do things naturally and just let your child eat whatever you are eating. This is great advice, not only is it a much simpler way for your child to learn to eat, it also requires less effort on your part (no extra cooking), and your child learns to enjoy the foods that you eat (kids need to taste foods multiple times to develop a like for them). So feeding kids what you are eating is perfect. So the book advocates for this, which seems like a really wholesome natural, back-to-our-roots kind of thing to do.<br/><br/>Then we contrast this with the book telling you exactly what you need to feed your child. e.g. you must give whole broccoli stalks to your child, and not panic when they gag. This part of the book (and the subsequent movement) completely rankles me. Basically the book is telling you to ignore your instincts, which I cannot support. My personal belief is that if you feel the need to puree, mash, or pre-chew the dinner in order to make it easier for you child to eat, then that is absolutely what you should do, you are all are the mother.<br/><br/>I still don't get what BLW supporters don't see how conflicting the two ideas are.
This book is about feeding your baby regular food instead of boring or overprocessed baby food. It relies heavily on anecdote, and a gorgeous set of photos of small babies chowing down on amazing dinners.I really like the concept, but I found much of the material didn't apply if you didn't start feeding your baby food at 6 months - the food suggestions are linked closely to developmental stages, so if you missed the boat, you're playing catch up.
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