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Baby-led Weaning by Gill Rapley
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Jan 26, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, baby-parenting, interlibraryloan
Read from February 05 to 28, 2012

BLW was something I read a lot about on message boards. It seems its very popular in Britian, and this book is by a British author. The concept is pretty straight forward so it seems like you don't need a book longer than a pamphlet, but I read or skimmed it all and its not repetitive or overly obvious. the most important info was how to serve foods in the beginning in a way you baby can experiment with them easily, such as sticks and wedges to suck and chew. This approach is all about following your baby's lead, so it talks about not interferring or pressuring, being patient, and expecting mess. Another big point is readiness and starting no sooner than 6 months. So far, we are giving this approach a try. It is very laid back, yet Mike and I are constantly worried about choking. Yesterday, William gagged twice but he didn't seem to mind. The author claims that this is how a baby learns how much food to hold in the mouth and such, but its still unsettling. William seems to love this approach. He's tried banana, apple, pear, cucumber, pancake, cracker, and cooked potato and carrot. All of it has come back out of his mouth as thw book describes.

A few weeks later and William generally tries a little of whatever we have three meals a day. Usually a littke gets swallowed, but mostly it is messy. He gags less and seems to enjoy this approach. He still needs help with small items because he has no pincer grasp, but he also can get a loaded spoon in his mputh if you hold it out to his hand.

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