Re: Baby Led Weaning Questions
Don't you love and independent baby? I thought I would do purees with my first but she hated to spoon so much that there was no way to feed her except to allow her to feed herself.
Gagging and puking with BLS is pretty common, and part of the learning process. Some ways to cut down on it include offering smaller pieces of food- like well-mashed carrots instead of carrot slices- and putting less in front of the baby. Sometimes beginning solids-eaters get overenthusiastic about cramming food into their mouths, and then they end up gagging.
I probably wouldn't take carrots off the menu. And I probably wouldn't worry about making slipper food easier for her to hold- right now experimenting with texture is just as important as actually eating, and squishing slippery banana around is a good learning experience. I wouldn't do toast this early unless it's very thin and dry. Bread can kind of combine with baby's saliva and form a squishy little ball that (IMO) is a choking hazard. Have you seen those Baby NumNum rice crackers? Those make really great toast subs for little babies. Pasta and sauce are great baby foods, but the conservative course of action is to first introduce pasta or sauce separately, just to make sure your baby doesn't react to one or the other.
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