Baby-led, puréed, or both… how did/will you wean?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m interested to hear what others say! My girl is just shy of 4 months so we have a couple months to go as well but I have been reading as much as I can and just don’t know!!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ahhhhh! I went crazy over this with my almost 7 month old! When to start? How to start? What method to use? And then we were out for lunch when she was just shy of 6 months, and she grabbed a handful of chili in a bread bowl and stuffed it in her mouth before we could stop her, ha ha ha. So we went with baby led weaning, but we tried purees, since the recommendation here is to do both.  She hasn’t really gotten into purees yet, but I do offer them every few days. I also give her pre-loaded spoons, which is something that some BLWers support as well, and she’s way more likely to eat off a spoon she puts in her own mouth than one that I give. I think that it’s really clear when they are ready for solids, because they will steal your food and stare you down with sad eyes. As far as methods go, I think even wee babies have preferences! I would recommend being open to anything and trying to see what works best for your babies and also for your lifestyle! Like for example, in our house we all eat dinner together so BLW is super easy to incorporate there, but I eat protein bars for breakfast so it woule be great if she would eat some applesauce for breakfast so I don’t need to make anything! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My daughter is 8 months. We started with homemade purees at 5.5 months, but a few weeks ago she started grabbing the food oFf the spoon and trying to feed herself. I bought her some puffs so see how she did, and she loves them!  She won’t eat the purées at all anymore, so we are just starting basic finger foods.  So basically she decided for us!  I don’t know if you have been on the site, but wholesomebabyfood.com is great for recipes and menu plans for both.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We did both starting at 4 months.  It was incredibly successful.  I am happy to answer specific questions about our journey if you like 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started with purées but led into blw pretty quickly after. Now at 8 months, we do both. Breakfast is usually oatmeal with a fruit purée, lunch is completely random but almost always something she feeds herself, and dinner is usually whatever we’re eating, but I tend to feed it to her.

Honestly, feeding my daughter is so much fun. Yeah, you could stress about it, but just try to enjoy it! The ONLY thing you can’t feed babies is honey before one year.

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