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February 18th, 2009, 10:29 AM
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Does anyone have any experience with this? It is basically offering table foods instead of purees for a baby's first food. I'm not starting Quinn until she turns 6 months old and this is the age that they suggest starting this method. I'm interested in trying it, but would like to hear some thoughts from people who have tried it.


Here are links with more info:
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/babyledweaning.htm

http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintrodu...blw/engels.html
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February 20th, 2009, 03:15 AM
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Guess not! LOL

Well I'll post how my experience goes when I try it next month.
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no, I would worry about choking on pieces that is why IMO pureed is the best way to go when starting out.

please keep us posted !!!
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February 20th, 2009, 10:48 AM
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no, I would worry about choking on pieces that is why IMO pureed is the best way to go when starting out.

please keep us posted !!![/b]

Yeah, I'm afraid of that too, that is why I wanted to hear some "testimonials" so to speak. I freaked out whenever my son gagged on food, so I don't know if I'll be able to handle it, but I'm going to try anyway. I just need to remember "Gagging is not the same as choking" It can be my mantra. LOL
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when we first started solids Katie gagged once and I almost had a heart attack!!

she doesn't get many things that are chunky so to speak, some stage 3 dinners (beechnut especially) are too chunky for her, so I end up mashing them up ! we generally stick to stage 2 and I feel comfortable with that. Finger foods are given, but in very small pieces or things that dissolve really quickly.....the messier they are, the safer they are I think...lol
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i don't have experience with it (i puree Thea's food) but a mom in my PR does this. her DS would not take the pureed baby food she made so she started giving him small bits of food and he does great with it. i know she said her pediatrician said it is okay and that some babies are just ready for the 'real stuff' sooner and don't want to mess with baby food.
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Lily started on mashed avocado when she turned 6 months, which was the beginning of February. I make all of her food and found she preferred mashed stuff to pureed. The past few days she's refused the spoon so I gave her small chunks of banana, carrots (steamed) and avocado. She gobbled it up. She likes to pick them up with her fist and feed herself, although she will let me feed her the chunks as well. They are super small chunks and her pedi said it was fine. She has never gagged/choked on any food (knock on wood!)
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Thanks ladies...I'm looking forward to trying it. I'll be waiting another month at least though.
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i will be curious to see how it works as well because Jack is always eyeing our food but he hates baby food mostly. KUP!
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i don't have experience with it (i puree Thea's food) but a mom in my PR does this. her DS would not take the pureed baby food she made so she started giving him small bits of food and he does great with it. i know she said her pediatrician said it is okay and that some babies are just ready for the 'real stuff' sooner and don't want to mess with baby food.
Hi I am that mommy. My name is Nikki and please PM me if you ever need anything!

I am doing babyled weaning with my 7 month old son. We started with solids at about 5 & 1/2 months. I had been trying to give purees since 4 months but he did NOT want anything to do with it. He would just close his mouth and eyes ( ) and would not even let me sneak a bite in.

I read about babyled weaning on this board actually. I think I have a post about it a couple pages back.

My experience has been GREAT! Scott is a good little eater now and gets solids once or twice a day depending on him. But I do an altered version of it. I was just not ok with giving my baby a whole apple and letting him do it himself.

What I do is steam veggies and fruits (or give overly ripe fruits) and then cube them. I put about 4-5 pieces on Scotts tray so he can practice picking them up (which I am proud to say he is doing the pincher grasp now). The other I put in a little dish and I hand feed him. I just pop a cube in his mouth and he is good. He will open his mouth when he is ready for another bite.

I steam my fruits and veggies in batches and freeze them in small portions...just like homemade babyfood. Then just I just defrost, cube and serve.

I also give fresh banana, avocado's, peachs and plums since they are very soft and inseason where I am.

Kalis is right in that I did ask my pedi about this 1st. I was very worried that my baby was refusing solids. She told me that it was very common for 2nd & 3rd children to skip baby foods b/c they see big sister and brother eating table food and that is what LO wants too. I have a DD that is almost 4 so this is what we think happened with DS.

Just remember don't to give anything round as it poses a chocking danger. I give my DS blueberries up smush them 1st or cut them in 1/2.

With my oldest we did babyled weaning for meats 9but I did not know it had a name at that time) since the jarred stuff is nasty smelling and I made my own baby food anyways. I found that unseasoned ground beef or ground turkey were great foods to start with. So was ravilolies (sp?) stuffed with meat (just skip the sauce). I started meat around 8-9 months with DD and will do the same with DS.

But my experience with babyled weaning is a good one! It works great for our family. And like I said before please PM me if you need anything
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