Baby Led Weaning | Modified for Everyday



Baby Led Weaning Modified for Everyday | Cup of Tea

Like all things baby related, when you hit a new milestone, you research like crazy to figure out what’s best, what to do, what’s recommended…. it’s exhausting and intimidating.  Feeding and solid foods are no exception!

When we hit Solid Food time with our daughter at 6 months, I came across Baby Led Weaning and thought it sounded like fun, but I wanted to modify the concept to fit our everyday lives.

I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog that we’re doing this, and received some questions. So, for all you new moms out there, doing the same research I did about 4 months ago, let me walk you through what we did.  It may work for your baby when the time comes, or it may not.

Aren’t babies fun and fickle?

This isn’t meant to explain what BLW is!  I’m no expert.  If you need more information on that, check out the official website or the Wikipedia page.

There are also SO MANY blog posts and YouTube videos that help explain this.  I spent a lot of time reading, and here’s what I found helpful:

So why did we choose BLW instead of starting with traditional pureed foods? 

The first and biggest reason was I was lazy.  I figured if I had to prepare the food to either steam or roast, I didn’t want to go to the extra step of pureeing.  Totally lazy.

Second, if my daughter had to get used to eating texture at some point, I figured we should start from the beginning. (Of course, this only works in theory if your baby doesn’t mind texture!)

And finally, our daughter just seemed to have the personality for it.  She was independent and curious.  I knew neither of us would have much patience with spoon feeding.

But, like most things with a baby, babies learn to eat differently.  Some are picky eaters, others aren’t.  Some have a hard time with texture, others don’t!  While you may think BLW is the best thing ever for your baby, your baby may not think so.  Just experiment and see what works best for you and your baby!  Purees or BLW, it’s all good!

What were some of your daughter’s first foods?

Here is where I feel like we started to drift away from BLW.  Instead of just diving in with any ol’ food, I followed the more traditional philosophy of feeding vegetables first and then fruits, but it was just a more accelerated timeline.  Instead of trying one new food for a week, we just did it for a few days.  And instead of sticking to only one food at a time, we tried several things at once (like sweet potatoes and carrot one day, avocado and blueberries the next).

To prepare the foods, I just cut the veggies into sticks and roasted them in the oven with a little olive oil, instead of steaming/pureeing.  I also wanted her to experience the spoon at least once a day and know how to eat off of it. BLW is messy, and if we’re out to eat or at someone’s house, it’s easier to clean up after spoon feeding than BLW.

Some of my daughter’s favorite first foods for the first month were:

  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrot
  • Corn
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Oatmeal with applesauce

Once we hit about 7 months, and her grasp started getting better, I started introducing other foods, like full fat yogurt, scrambled egg, shredded cheese, canned or cooked dried beans and other grains.  This is where the “eat what we eat” style of BLW came in.  If I was making us something for dinner, I’d either feed her the dinner as is (like pasta with a simple sauce and veggies) or pull out the ingredients for her to eat separately (like black bean enchiladas – I would set aside plain black beans for her to eat, along with avocado).

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What’s a typical food day?

Now that my daughter is 10 months old, she eats 3 meals a day, and one snack.  Some days she wolfs down the food; other days she just picks at it.  Doesn’t really matter!  “Food before one is just for fun!”

Here is an example of a typical day of food for her:

  • Breakfast: 6 oz formula in bottle (what isn’t finished goes in her sippy cup for the meal); 1 egg, scrambled; handful blueberries or other fruit; shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lunch: 4 oz formula in sippy cup; Hummus (spoon fed) and pita bread (torn up into small bites); Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Snack: 4 oz formula in sippy cup; full fat yogurt (spoon fed); fruit of some sort
  • Dinner: 4 oz formula in sippy cup; canned black beans; avocado; bits of tortilla
  • Bedtime: 6 oz formula in bottle (normally eats 4ish)

I was surprised that I actually STILL have a hard time thinking of things for her to eat.  I thought the advantage to BLW was that they ate what you ate, so easy!  But thinking of things that aren’t too spicy, or too salty, or too sweet can be a challenge.  And things that are soft and toothless baby friendly!

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Any favorite feeding gear you recommend?

Feeding gear was one category I completely overlooked when preparing our baby registry.  Here are some of the things that have made our lives easier when we moved to solids:

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Are you in the throws of solid feeding yet? Any tips for new moms out there, whether you’re doing BLW or purees??  Share them!

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Elizabeth’s 8 Month Update!

20140611-065928-25168988.jpgElizabeth is 8 months!  Another month down… can’t believe it.  Here’s what she’s been up to for the last month!

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Height/Weight | As of her last doctor’s appointment a few weeks ago, she’s cruised over the 15 lb mark (19%). She also apparently has shrunk, now at  25.4″ (8.5%).  I think the height thing is the HARDEST thing to measure on a wiggly baby.

Routine | Elizabeth is starting to SLIGHTLY change her routine.

  • 6:30-7:00am – Wake up, diaper change and bottle.
  • 7:30am – Play time!  Right now she loves her farm animals and a dolly.  We’ll also head out on a walk.
  • 8:30am – If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, we do a bath.  She’s enjoying baths a little more, but leaning back to rinse her head is still “scary”.
  • 9:00am – Down for first nap of the day, and usually finishes off whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 10:30am – Wake up, diaper change and into her clothes for the day, and then bottle.
  • 11:00am – If we’re running errands, we go now.
  • 1:30pm – Down for the afternoon nap, and finishes whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 3:00pm – Wake up, diaper change, and bottle.
  • 4:00pm – She plays while I start dinner.  Right now she loves sitting on the floor playing.
  • 5:00pm – Husband’s usually home by now, and we all three sit down for dinner.
  • 6:00pm – Get ready for bed!  She changes into jammies, and gets her final bottle.
  • 6:30pm – Lights out and asleep!

Sleeping | Still sleeping amazing *knock on wood* with a full 12 hours at night, plus two naps.  She’s in a phase right now where she’ll wake up in the middle of her nap and play.  Then back to sleep again.  It’s so cute listening to her on the monitor.

Eating |  She’s still eating 6-8oz of formula each bottle session (there are 4).  All’s fine there.  Baby Led Weaning is still going on.  Elizabeth has a protest of bottles a few weeks back, and we had to do three meals of real food for a week. That tapered off, and now we’re back to 1-2 meals a day.  Her favorite foods are avocados (still), corn on the cob, and rice and beans.

Sizes | Elizabeth is still between sizes. She wears 9 month PJs and pants because her legs are long, but they are still big in the body.  She rocks 6 & 9 month dresses.  She has now moved up to Size 3 diapers (as of Sunday).  Too many blow outs (that’s the sign)!

Milestones | There are quite a few to report!

  • She is officially able to sit on her own, without supervision (meaning, she doesn’t topple over immediately)!  HUGE and makes play time a lot more fun.
  • I swear Elizabeth knows how to crawl, but she just refuses to do it.  She leans forward, almost on to her knees, then sits back up.  She’s so stinking close!
  • She did, technically, crawl a few steps, but won’t replicate it.
  • She also took a few steps while holding onto my fingers!
  • Elizabeth does love to roll around though.  That’s her current way of getting around.
  • She had her first trip to the zoo!
  • Elizabeth can wave… when she’s in the mood for it 🙂
  • In the food category, she mastered using a straw sippy cup, and has enjoyed a few baby snacks (we’re testing a few to see which ones we should take with us on our plane trip in a month).
  • Her favorite toys right now are her farm animals and her dolly from Target.  She also loves her two blankies my friend’s mom made for her.
  • Elizabeth starting smacking her lips.  Not sure what it means…
  • One of her favorite games is sitting on the back of the sofa and having mommy hop her up and down, so she can see herself in the mirror.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from over the last month!

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Elizabeth’s 7 Month Update!

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Elizabeth is 7 months!  Holy schmoly.  Where has the time gone?  Does it always zoom this fast?  I swear, tomorrow she’s pulling out of the driveway to go to college.

Anyway, our little ham posed for her 7 month pictures on Mother’s Day, and it took all of 2 minutes to snap about 15 pictures.  They were all a hoot!  I couldn’t pick just one to share.

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Height/Weight: As of last week, she’s 14 lb 13 oz (16%) and 26″ (35%).  Following her little growth curve perfectly!

Routine: Elizabeth is still on the same routine she was a month ago.  FYI – I’ve been loosely following Moms On Call’s schedule app since the day we brought her home from the hospital.  I’m not sure if the schedule helped her sleep well and stick to a routine, or if she’s just naturally a routine person.  Who knows!

  • 7:00am – Wake up, diaper change and bottle.
  • 7:30am – Play time!  Right now she loves her bead maze.
  • 8:00am – If it’s Monday, Wednesday or Friday, we do a bath.  We used to do baths in the evenings, but we’re both so tired in the evenings, it wasn’t pleasant for either of us.  She’s still not a bath fan.
  • 8:30am – Down for first nap of the day, and usually finishes off whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 10:30am – Wake up, diaper change and into her clothes for the day, and then bottle.
  • 11:00am – If we’re running errands, we go now.
  • 1:00pm – Down for the afternoon nap, and finishes whatever was left in her bottle.
  • 3:00pm – Wake up, diaper change, and bottle.
  • 4:00pm – She plays while I start dinner.  Right now she loves sitting on the floor playing.
  • 5:00pm – Husband’s usually home by now, and we all three sit down for dinner.  We do Baby Led Weaning!
  • 6:00pm – Get ready for bed!  She changes into jammies, and gets her final bottle.
  • 7:00pm – Lights out and asleep! She’s usually in bed and lights out earlier, but this is the absolute latest she goes down.

Sleeping: Still sleeping amazing *knock on wood* and a full 12 hours.  When she’s fussy, it’s usually because she’s tired.  And she doesn’t like to be messed with when she’s sleepy.  So at nap and bed time, we read a story, bottle, and right to bed!

Eating:  She’s still eating 6-8oz of formula each bottle session (there are 4).  All’s fine there.  Baby Led Weaning is still going on.  We’re really only doing one meal a day, and it’s usually dinner time.  Sometimes it’s a little bit of what my husband and I are eating, and other times it’s a batch of roasted vegetables I’ve pre-done.  Her favs right now are carrots, avocados, and eggs.

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Sizes: Elizabeth is still between sizes. She wears 9 month PJs because her legs are long, but they are still big in the body.  She rocks 6 & 9 month dresses.  She also is wearing size 2 diapers.

Milestones: Each day Elizabeth wakes up and has something new to learn! It’s awesome!

  • She loves sitting on her own now, and enjoys a laundry basket as a fun play area.
  • She tried the first the swing for the first time and loved it!
  • Elizabeth doesn’t really enjoy tummy time still, and doesn’t really show an interest in crawling.  But she enjoys trying to stand up!  We may skip crawling and go straight to walking.
  • Peek a boo is a sure-fire way to get her to giggle.  And she’s started to cover/uncover her own face, whether it’s on purpose or on accident!
  • Again, Elizabeth is such a ham!  The minute she sees my phone pop out, she knows it’s time to pose for a picture.
  • AND she seems to know her name is Elizabeth. At least that’s what it seems 🙂
  • She seems to be more vocal.  She loves blowing raspberries, laughing, and this pterodactyl-like screech.  That last one is awesome at church.
  • She had several firsts this month – first tornado warning (see pic below), first vacation/stay in a hotel (well technically, hotel closet.  Her pack-n-play fit perfectly in the closet, so she had her own little room), and first fire drill (at previously mentioned hotel).


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