We’re just starting to explore the world of Baby Led Weaning, so I just want to preempt this post by saying we’re no experts in this yet. We were first introduced to the BLW concept by our friends over at the Gaga Diaries. We were amazed at how well Baby Gaga ate and knew we wanted to try the same thing when Adele was ready. We haven’t finished reading the book yet, but we were too excited and gave her some bites at Thanksgiving. Since that went over well, we let her play with a banana the next day. I think she liked it!
The theory behind BLW is that if you let kids feed themselves real whole food, they learn to feed themselves, enjoy the experience of eating at a table, eat until they’re satisfied and develop a varied palate for foods.
At about six months, most babies are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover food for themselves. Baby-Led Weaning is the definitive guide to this crucial period in your child’s development, and shows you how to help your baby:
- Participate in family meals right from the start
- Experiment with food at his or her own pace
- Develop new abilities, including hand-eye coordination and chewing
- Learn to love a variety of foods and to enjoy mealtimes[source]
I resisted buying a Bumbo, thinking I could get away without one. But I am lucky to have a friend who let me borrow this and I’m SO glad I did! What did I ever do without it?? Best invention ever.
Yes, I know, it’s on a table. The horror, right?
Watch it in action:
We have a long way to go in our BLW journey, so much to learn and experiment with, but we’re very excited to be attempting it. More to come!