I first heard about Baby Led Weaning (BLW) a couple years ago and thought it was pretty neat. The more I read about it, the more I knew it was for us. No cereal, no purées, just food. Completely on Joey’s time and Joey’s terms. I love that the emphasis and pressure is taken off of food. He’s still nutritionally getting everything he needs from breast milk, and with BLW he’s really getting to just have fun and explore.
And he loved the exploration!
It was not only a sensory experience for his mouth, but for his hands too. He’s getting to work on his fine motor skills to pick up each piece. He loved squishing them!
We chose avocado as his first food because it’s a great healthy fat and something easy to pick up and gum.
He enjoyed the social aspect of being at the table with us, and was constantly looking to Andy to make sure it was ok.
He didn’t eat much of it, although he did enjoy sucking it off his fingers. When he got a chunk in his mouth he wasn’t quite sure what to think, and moved it all around before gagging it out.
We’ll continue to go at his pace and let him explore, but I think it’s safe to say this was a fun introduction to food!