This is the second part in a diary of a Mum using the principles of ‘baby-led weaning’. Read Part 1 of Baby Foodie Project. Dionne describes what she is finding out about the process.
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Baby Led Weaning – Progress
Two months on, I’m pleased to report that things are going well, baby Boyo is not yet a champion eater, but he still does pretty well to say that he still has no teeth and is only eight and a half months old.
Firstly let’s come back to gagging. Something lots of parents have problems with when it comes to babyled weaning. Fortunately this happens quite infrequently now, even with fairly hard foods like raw apple. It seems that baby Boyo has learnt that things need to be chewed to the right consistency before swallowing.
I can’t say he is eating lots more, he tends to go through phases. Last weekend he was not feeling to great, so eating anything other than mama milk was out of the question for him.
I’m breaking the rules (no dairy before 12 months) and have been giving him a few chunks of cheese, which he seems to like. He’s also a fan of boiled eggs, but does struggle with getting the egg white to the right consistency to swallow. He loves his meat, and thats anything from a slice of chicken, to stewed beef and grilled sausages.
He’s loving pasta, bread, toast and potatoes. Rice is too small to handle yet, but I did figure out how to create finger porridge – made it super thick, spread on a plate to cool and then rolled it up. It looks pretty gross, is rather bland, but he seemed to appreciate my effort.
This is a quick summary of the kinds of things baby Boyo currently enjoys at different meals.
Baby Meal Plan
Typically he might have a selection of the following:
– fruit like banana, dried apricot, raisins, pear etc
– veggies (cooked from the night before)
– mini shredded wheats soaked in a bit of milk
– eggy bread
– Left overs from tea the night before
– Mini sandwich
Simple – what ever we are having! That’s ranging from meat balls, fish and chips, stew, stir fry, curry…anything that’s home cooked generally.
Till next time 🙂
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