5.30.2012

BLW: Baby Led Wednesday - Green Beans & Avocado

We're in the very early stages of starting baby led weaning with baby M. Baby led weaning isn't really weaning in the U.S. meaning of the word because baby M still gets 99.9% of his nutrition from my milkies, it's a way of introducing solid foods that completely bypasses the mush of purees and cereals. No mush, no blenders, no ice cube trays, no playing airplane with a spoonful of goo.

The recommended age to begin BLW is 6 months, of which baby M is a few weeks shy. However, over the past couple weeks on a few occasions we've introduced him to a few foods to play around with.

Last night it was green beans and avocados.
I trimmed the ends off a half dozen or so long, fresh green beans and stuck them in the microwave for 20 seconds. I put them in the fridge to cool and sliced 1/4 of an avocado into "finger sized" pieces. My finger size, not his.

The food needs to be able to stick out from both ends of his fist when he grabs it, hence the "finger sized" guidelines. The green beans were perfect; he was able to grab them, hold them tight and bring them to his mouth to explore. He dropped them on the floor and watched Feeny barrel through that gate to get to them.

The avocado, on the other hand, was less than fab. He picked it up and grabbed it so hard that the ends just broke off leaving mush in his hands. At 6 months babies don't have the dexterity to open their hands to lick or scrape food off their palms, so the avocado was just frustrating for baby M. He did manage to get a few bites from where he'd smeared avocado on the green beans and seemed to like the taste. He also managed to gag up a piece that was a bit too big for him, one of the skills BLW encourages them to learn (gagging and subsequently learning to chew/gnaw their food a little more and to take smaller bites). Gagging is not choking.

The bib also proved to be more of a hindrance than a help. I tossed it into the laundry challenge pile just a few minutes into the adventure.
Overall, green beans were a huge hit. Baby M has no teeth, but he was able to work down the ends of a few beans quite a bit. His gums are strong, trust me. He may have even managed to pop a bean seed into his mouth, but it hasn't reappeared yet. The avocado was so-so. I'd try again with it spread on toast and a girlfriend suggested that in a month or two I'll be able to put it on a spoon for him to maneuver into his mouth himself.

Anyone else doing BLW? What are your baby's favorite first exploratory foods?

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1 comment:

  1. We're doing BLW and have much better luck with avocados when we leave the skin on. (Not sure if you're doing that or not, but also, it took us a few tries with avocado to get our little guy hooked. Now he's a fan!)

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