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I want to practise baby lead weaning, but I far TONS of baby food through WIC and they won't give me fresh produce instead... Can I give Peter purees and STILL let him gnaw on a peice of broccoli at dinner? Or will he be more likely to choke?
We did BLW but I don't think that makes me an expert We gave him yogurt and applesauce pretty regularly so I don't see how that's any different. I can see your concern though and it very well may be valid.
One thought though is that if they don't expire for a while you could save them and add them to foods when you're cooking. It's a great way to get in more veggies. Add a jar to rice while it's cooking. Throw some into soups. Use some as a pasta sauce. Freeze some fruit into popsicles.
With BLW, in our experience, not a whole lot of actual eating goes on til about 8-9 months (at least) anyway. It always amazed me how many jars of babyfood other babies the same age were going through when G would eat maybe a bite of cheese and a tiny bit of a mango. However it all worked out well and now he's a great eater who has never turned away a food (and we eat a very diverse palette). He's always been a good sized baby too subsisting on BLW and breast milk only. Sorry I got blabbery there, just wanted to reassure you as I know I had doubts at times during the process.
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Do whatever feels natural to you. There's no one perfect way to do things. Though at 4 months he's got a bit till he needs food. Even if you do purees, I wouldn't start them personally till closer to 6 months. BLW requires the baby to be sitting. Some are by 6 months, some aren't.
We've just started baby led weaning so I'm not an expert either. I agree with the other poster and would add the purees to other foods. Add the veggie ones to rice, mashed potatoes, or use on pasta. The fruits can be added to oatmeal. I think the important part of BLW is waiting until baby is old enough to actually eat and not pushing purees on him at 3 or 4 months and letting baby do it mostly on his own. lucy has has pureed banana before, she mostly finger painted with it but some made it to her mouth.
if money is a concern, feeding a baby is CHEAP. They eat sooo little. I would just cube and steam most things. and most can freeze ok as well.
Good point, especially when you're first starting out. Lucy had avocado today and if I hadn't helped her eat it, that avocado could have lasted four days. So I would have been feeding her on 25 cents a day. She could probably make an apple last two weeks at this point.
It is not a money concern.... I just don't want to waste "free" food... I still get food until 1 year PP be,ause I am breastfeeding. So he gets it too... I like the idea of cooking it into our meals! Thanks!