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While many moms rush to give their child solids, it’s something that I was leery of… and to be quite honest it’s still scary to me. And maybe not in the way you would think. I will happily let my child chew on a raw apple and consume grapes in their natural form; I just don’t like all the (shall I dare say it) crap out there that is called food. I don’t like GMOs, pesticides, or commercially marketed food. It’s such a can of worms that I just have hesitated to open.
The great news for us is that at 364 days old, my daughter still much prefers my milk than eating anything on my plate. She will squawk at the opportunity to be included, but that’s typically all it is — a chance to “be like us” and be included. She ate an avocado right before she turned 8 months and tasted, but didn’t really eat anything for months. And again, I am “OK” with that.
This past month, I bought a few jars of Earth’s Best Organic baby food as an experiment. Did my child not like food, or was she struggling with Baby Led Weaning? Conclusion? I would say both. She’s still not altogether interested, but the girl loves to be fed. She would much prefer me giving her bites of my own food, being spoon fed, etc. than trying to do it on her own.
So in the past months, what I have learned is that BLW is great, but so are purees. I have been offering her a little bit of both and she has fun with it. I also almost always have a utensil available for her to use if she chooses. This is because we do not live separate from our society, so I think it’s important.
We have used sticky and slimy foods to make art with and we have experimented with spices. And in the end, that’s ok. Food before one is just for fun. And that’s what I have tried to make it.
In the end, it’s been a sensory adventure. And no, I sadly will probably not get a true smash cake picture tomorrow, but I am ok with the baby steps she’s taken in eating a bit of food. So while BLW weaning wasn’t necessarily a success, neither was purees. In the end I did what came natural, and believe that you should do what come natural for you and your baby as well!
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