Yesterday after work, I slipped over to Noah's daycare and picked him up and we headed straight to the doctor for his weight check. If you remember from my last post, I was worried that my milk supply issue had something to do with his lack of weight gain but after yesterday's doctor's appointment, my worries were all put at ease.
Noah weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces at the end of June and yesterday he weighed in at 14 pounds, 14 ounces! The doctor was thrilled with this improvement and we even chatted a little bit about Noah starting solids. I know that traditionally, babies start with purees and rice cereal as early as 3 or 4 months but I really would like to try baby led weaning (BLW) which basically skips purees altogether. With this concept, you don't begin until the baby is 6 months old, when he can sit up on his own and shows interest in food. Once he does, you just give him sticks of soft foods to nom on and explore. Letting him squish it and spit it out is part of the process but eventually, he'll understand that - oh, if I put this stuff in my mouth, I get full and I'm not hungry!
Well, after discussing BLW with my doctor, I'm afraid he's a bit old school and still suggested starting Noah on cereals and such first, then moving into thicker substances and then soft foods. Now, don't get me wrong! There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, I know that BLW may not even work for us, and that's cool. If he doesn't take to it or has a bad gag reflex, we'll do purees. However, after reading the BLW book, I just can't get the idea out of my head. I figure, if he's capable of feeding himself, why not give him the opportunity to do so? Which is, essentially, the concept of BLW.
A few twitter and blog friends have done baby led weaning and have had great success with it so I can't wait to start next month and see how my little man does! If you're interested in learning more about baby led weaning, I suggest getting the book Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods, which gives some great, real life stories about parent's experiences with the process as well as an introduction to BLW. However, if I'm being honest? I found the book a bit repetitive. It seemed like I could have gotten the same information in half the time! That's something I have heard other moms say even though they still recommend the cookbook. I need to purchase it and am anxious to see what foods I can make in this new adventure in food for Noah!
How did you start introducing food to your little one? Traditional purees or did you try baby led weaning? I love hearing other parent's stories!