I had never heard of babyled weaning before this last pregnancy (or babywearing) but it really appealled to me and still does so I decided that instead of the usual starting with some baby rice at about 16 weeks I would try and get to 6 months - the breastfeeding certainly helped and it has felt natural to wait but a few weeks ago when I took baby to be weighed she had only put on about 4oz in 4 weeks and although no one was really worried, as she had been showing some interest in food I decided to slowly introduce a few bits - she's not quite sitting up on her own so I'm not able to pop her in a high chair (also I don't have one lol) and put some bits on her tray, instead she sits on my knee as we eat and I hand her some things from my plate - though tonight (as we were not having anything more than cereals due to me not feeling gr8) I made her up a little porridge with water and did the unthinkable - spoon fed her haha. Honestly it's been great, it feels like an extension of breastfeeding, my whole parenting of this baby is so different - more demanding but more fulfilling too and I'm really enjoying watching her experiment and experience new tastes and textures - I'm also enjoying the more settled baby who is sleeping more than 3 hours at a time during the night (well most nights) and the sleep I'm getting!!
All in all babyled weaning has my vote - and although I know I am not following it religiously I have allowed it to influence how I introduce solids to my baby and I think it has had a good effect and frees us from some of the stress involved in weaning though maybe increases the mess a little!
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