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Back to basics… I have come to the realisation that I have not been doing ‘official’ baby led weaning, as I have been helping Meadow put foods into her mouth as she gets frustrated with not being able to do this herself. My ‘worried mother’ hat has come out of the closet, instead of my ‘professional advice’ hat – which at times is a good thing, but I don’t think this has helped her this week. I have not changed her breastfeeding times, and have not ‘forced’ her to have ‘just one more bite’, but the simple fact that I have been helping her feed is against the fundamental principles of baby led weaning.
For me, this week has really been about re-visiting the principles of baby led weaning, and making a conscious effort to stick to them and not be tempted to ‘help’. I list the essential principles of baby led weaning below:
New foods this week have included tinned pineapple (in natural juice, drained) and butternut squash (boiled). As she is now officially 6 months, I have also offered her toast fingers, clementine pieces and slow-cooked pork strips today! The world is now her oyster with regards to food as there is not much she cannot have. Although she has not really swallowed that much solid food this week, she is certainly enjoying the meal time experience and playing with / handling her food. I am now letting her get on it herself, and am not putting any food in/near her mouth. She can learn to do that herself as the days and weeks go on. I need to learn to trust her to do it!