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First Bites: Baby-Led Weaning

Otherwise known as a baby feeding itself. Small, mushy types of food. My favoured choice to begin with: ripe bananas and avocados.

I wasn’t sure if Lil’ Abner would do well with it, you know – enough to actually fill her gullet.

The last time I tried, more ended up on the floor, in her hair, her armpit – you name it. Anywhere but in her tummy. Which is often the case I know – especially with Baby-Led Weaning.

There is something about actually nourishing your child though – that I think is a good thing, that and she just didn’t take to it, or enjoy the process before today. She wanted food and hollered for it till it happened.

Today though, today was different. With unprecedented joy she grasped at the soft mini chunks and mastered feeding herself in no time. Of course it still ended up everywhere, but with a good amount also sating her hunger.

I was nervous at first, in that over-protective perhaps slightly silly way that some of us mothers are – careful not to let my gaze falter an inch away from watching the process. For fear of her choking being front and center. Of course she didn’t and all that I witnessed was her rapture. And her pride. Oh, but my little girl was so proud!

I think I may try scrambled egg yolks again, in a few days – although she HATED it last time. Who knows with these babies. Their fancies flicker from one moment to the next I tell you!

When did you transition from purees to soft, small bits of food? Or did you skip the purees all-together?

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