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Age: 27 weeks 3 days (6-and-a-bit-months).
The last 10 ten days have been difficult and challenging. Baby led weaning is marketed as being easy and rewarding for those who pursue it. However with Meadow, this has not been the case, and it has been a challenge for both of us. Meadow has not been getting on too well with being given finger food and eating it herself. I feel that this is down to the following reasons:
a) she gets frustrated at not being able to get the food quick enough
b) I feel she is genuinely hungry at mealtimes and gets frustrated that she has to really work for her food
c) she gets tired very quickly as she is a small baby (she is on the 9th centile). She still has 3-4 hours of naps a day, and having to work for her food tires her out even more
So I am slightly sad to say that the ‘baby led weaning’ approach has gone out the window (!), and instead we are going for a more traditional mashed / lumpy foods from a spoon in conjunction with finger foods. She does not need smooth purees as she has been used to eating lots of different textures already. Despite not following the true principles of baby led weaning, I am sticking to the following principles, which will help ensure that I wean a happy, accepting and adventurous eater:
So, although baby led weaning worked for us in the early weeks, my baby prefers to be spoonfed now, as she requires the food quicker than she can get from feeding herself. She is, of course, still being offered lots of finger foods in addition to being spoon fed, but we are both much happier with how weaning is going now. I am not feeling at all anxious about the weaning experience anymore, which in turn seems to have transferred onto my baby, meaning she is a happy and chilled out eater. I will be writing my next weaning diary when Meadow is 7 months old (in 3 weeks time). In the meantime, please feel free to contact me if you need any advice on weaning. I will, of course, be posting other blogs, so please keep reading!
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