KIDS: BABY LED WHAAAAT?!

KIDS: BABY LED WHAAAAT?!

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SISJ KIDS – BABY LED WHAAAAT?! >


SO ‘MOTY ‘ over here who doesn’t read anything baby, kid or human related, didn’t know what the F hit her when MG refused (REFUSED!) to be spoon fed. Yep, you should probably stop following me immediately and never, ever trust me alone with your child. I am a risk to myself and others. Not really, just a little bit. Anyway. After a desperate few messages to my mother’s group, a handful of friends and Kayla (baby, food, everything goddess!), I finally got my shit together. I was becoming incredibly overwhelmed and anxious, but the minute I let MG take over… Uhh, what a relief. Does this mean every mealtime is smooth-sailing, absolutely not. Most of it now ends up squashed all over the high chair, down her nappy, on the floor, in my mouth and in the doggy bowls – but hey, I’m trying and she loves it. Like all other content on SISJ, this post is merely one method and I say whatever works for you, roll with it. If you can boil an egg (unlike me) and want some great recipes and ideas that are kiddie/family-friendly, head over to Kayla’s amazing little hub of tasty heaven. Take it away Mamma K…


By Kayla Sciacca, www.mylovelylittlelunchbox.com // @mylovelylittlelunchbox

WHAT is baby led weaning? Baby led weaning, quite simply, is self feeding. It means allowing your little one to feed themselves from the very beginning of their experiences with food

WHY should we baby led wean?

  • Allows bub to explore the taste, texture, colour and smell of food
  • Meal times are an enjoyable family experience
  • Helps to develop bubs hand-eye coordination
  • Establishes great eating habits as bub is allowed to eat as much as she/he needs, in their own time
  • Mealtime battles are far less likely
  • Encourages confidence
  • No need for cooking two different meals for the family, saves time and money
  • Eating with loved ones develops and encourages strong family bonds

WHEN can my bub begin baby led weaning? Usually around 6 months of age. At 6 months of age children start to develop the skills that enable them to instinctively start to feed themselves. Before beginning your BLW journey, your bubs should be able to:

  • Sitting up with little or no support
  • Able to reach out and grab things effectively
  • Able to take objects to their mouth quickly and with accuracy
  • Able to make gnawing & chewing movements

Always check with your family Doctor or health care practitioner that baby led weaning is an appropriate form of weaning for your little one

Ok, but HOW do we get started with BLW? When your baby is developmentally ready, include your baby in family meal times and offer food in pieces that are easy for your baby to pick up and handle. Long (rectangle) chip shaped pieces with a texture than can be easily squished between your index finger and thumb are perfect. Foods offered should contain no salt, very little sugar and no honey (under the age of 1).

Your baby will start to ferry the food to their mouth where they will gnaw, nibble, chew and swallow pieces. There is no need for anyone to ‘feed’ the baby. It is completely up to your baby how much he/she eats and how fast. Your baby will continue to have milk feeds (whether breast milk or formula) whenever he/she wants them

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Little Miss Grace – Mamma K’s gorgeous girl x


TOP TIPS for beginning baby led weaning…

1. Get comfy – always ensure your baby is sitting upright in a comfortable high chair with the tray adjusted so your baby can easily reach her food

2. Keep it social – Place the high chair right up to the table so your little one feels truly included in family meal times and be sure to eat at the same time as your little one.

3. Keep it simple – don’t bother with a bowl or plate, they’re most likely to be thrown off the high chair. Simply place food directly onto the high chair tray

4. A few nibbles at a time – don’t overwhelm your little one with too much food at once. Simply place a few tasty bits and pieces at a time onto the tray and let bub explore and eat. You can always add more as needed

5. Life is messy – it’s no secret BLW is messy, ok very messy. But watching your little one explore, experience and enjoy their food makes it all worth it. A washable smock works wonders!

6. Gagging – as your little one begins to nibble on food you may notice he or she will gag. Gagging is a natural part of learning to eat and occurs when food travels too far to the back of the throat. The gagging reflex ensures the food doesn’t travel any further and prevents chocking. Although gagging is a natural part of learning to eat, it can be quite frightening for parents. When your little one gags, remain calm and watch as they naturally move the food to the front of their mouth. As your little one becomes more and more practiced, and begins to better manoeuvre food in their mouth they will gag less and less

7. Slow and steady wins the race – During the first month or two, your little one isn’t going to be eating huge amounts of food. That is ok. Most of their nutritional requirements are still being met by their milk feeds and the first month or so are more about exploration. As time passes, your little one will begin to hone their eating style and become better and biting, chewing and swallowing pieces of food


EASY ‘BLW’ RECIPES BY KAYLA >

Broccoli and cauliflower fritters (LINK – http://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com/2015/01/08/broccoli-cauliflower-fritters/)

Zucchini pancakes with tomato and basil salad (LINK – http://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com/2015/05/13/zucchini-pancakes-w-tomato-basil-salad/)

Ricotta fritters with tomato sauce (LINK – http://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com/2015/03/17/ricotta-fritters-w-tomato-basil-sauce/)

Baked French toast (LINK – http://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com/2015/03/17/ricotta-fritters-w-tomato-basil-sauce/)

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