Archives for November 2010

Baby Led Weaning

Time is flying by and Karis will already be 6 months old on Saturday. She has been doing wonderfully on her diet of breast milk, and I have been thoroughly enjoying feeding her, and hope that our nursing relationship will be an extended one. That being said, it is nearing the time to begin offering her some other nutritious foods.

I was perusing the internet the other day checking out the latest advice for what to offer my little one, when I came across the idea of baby led weaning.

Essentially, baby led weaning consists of preparing vegetables and fruits so that they are soft enough for baby to gum, cutting them into small cubes (to avoid a choking hazard), and simply placing on baby’s tray for them to feed themselves. The great thing is that you completely skip the step where you spoon-feed pureed food into baby’s mouth! As baby gets older and more familiar with different tastes and textures, you simply begin to offer baby more of the same foods that the rest of the family is enjoying.

You can only do this with a baby that has reached the six-month mark or they won’t be ready developmentally for grabbing the food, or for chewing the food.  As well, you always breastfeed baby first so that you know they are getting all of the calories and nutrients that are needed since they don’t actually consume much food in the beginning stages. After they get as much milk as they would like you sit them in their highchair and give them the prepared food to enjoy for themselves. I have read that this can be quite messy, but I think that I’m going to give it a try! Of all of my girls, Karis is the quickest to put anything and everything that she can get her little hands on STRAIGHT into her mouth, so I’m hoping that she’ll do a great job of feeding herself.

Next week sometime I’m going to give it a try and I’m thinking of steamed sweet potato as the first food to introduce – I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it turns out! Also, I would love to hear from any of you who have tried this method out.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

Things I Love About Babywearing

I love that I can hold my baby close and talk to her and kiss her while I’m grocery shopping, worshipping in church, making supper and doing dishes.

I love that I can go on a walk and speak quietly to Karis and hear her little responses to the things around her that she is enjoying.

I love that the research shows that when I hold my baby close I am doing what’s best for her both emotionally and developmentally.

I love that when my baby is in her sling or carrier she can nap comfortably – this gives me so much flexibility as I go about my day.

I love that I don’t need to lug my infant car seat around.

I love that I can sew slings and fill orders while Karis is wrapped close to my body.

I love that I can hold my baby and do a puzzle or a craft with my other daughters.

I love that it’s simple.

My beautiful 22 month old niece Rebekah went to be with the Lord this week after struggling with epilepsy since she was 3 months old. She needed a lot of comfort when she was having days with seizures and as she was recovering from those seizures. I love that she could ride in her sling or carrier and breastfeed so that she would feel better on those days.

Thanks for reading,

Karen