Feeling judged with baby led weaning
So, you're wondering about Baby Led Weaning (BLW) as you see moms around you share, post, and YouTube their babies having a good time noshing on sweet potato fries, toast with almond butter and chicken thighs. You'd like to learn more about this approach to feeding but because you started your baby on purees you were sadly denied entry to a BLW Facebook group.
Feeling pressured to follow the BLW approach was the most common disadvantage reported by mothers who chose this way of feeding solids according to a Canadian study that looked at experiences of mothers introducing solid foods to their babies. If moms are feeling pressured to follow BLW the whole idea of it being a more relaxed and a less stressful approach to feeding babies is out the window.
What is BLW?
BLW is basically skipping purees and letting your baby feed themselves with finger foods. Your baby eats family foods right from the start around six months of age.
Can you do a combo of BLW and puree foods?
I get this question all the time. BLW is not an all-or-nothing approach. It's perfectly okay to offer your baby some pureed food such as applesauce or oatmeal along with soft finger foods like French toast strips, steamed apple wedges or salmon patties. Letting your baby feed himself, a key part of BLW, is also possible with purees by spreading a thin layer of hummus or mashed avocado on a toast strip for example, or letting her dip into thick yogurt or soup with a soft, shallow, flat-tip spoon.
Whether you choose BLW or not, I believe the most important part of feeding your baby solid foods is to feed them in a way that works best for you and your baby!
Interested in learning more about BLW? Sign up for my next workshop on April 8th. Workshop details here.
All babies welcome, including those who have started or who still enjoy puree foods!