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    I was looking up some info on www.babycenter.com and ran across a page their advice on "When can my baby feed himself without me offering additional spoonfuls?" and was personally amused that according to their experts the age is 18 months:

    "Children are great at self-monitoring, meaning they'll stop eating when they're full," says Rachel Brandeis, a registered dietician in Atlanta. "But they don't have the skills to get all the food you put before them into their mouth until around 18 months, or sometimes much later," she says.

    As a parent hoping to instill healthy eating habits in your young child, the best thing you can do is to give him a combination of foods that he can feed himself, such as thin slices of mild cheese; cooked macaroni; cooked (until soft) chopped vegetables; moist, finely chopped pieces of meat; and soft, ripe pieces of fruit such as peaches or pears. Then offer him a few extra bites at the end of the meal to make sure he's had enough. But don't force these last bites. If he pushes the food away or turns his head, odds are he's had enough. Remember to cut foods into small pieces (cubes of food no larger than 1/4 inch) or thin slices that can be easily chewed.
    From a baby-led perspective - I'd say that the age when baby can feed him/herself is immediately after starting solids! At 12 mo we do spoon feed DS foods like applesauce - but besides that he's happily self fed all by himself and doing just great.

    I'm trying to figure out if I care enough to send an email to babycenter.com and let them know about baby led solids ...

    ... then again their website also says that baby can start learning table manners at 24 months .... and at almost 12 mo DS has pretty much learned to give food he doesn't want to mommy or daddy instead of throwing it on the floor
    Lynn
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    Yup. If I wrote an email to babycenter every time I felt like they were missing the big picture... I would have to quit my job and do it full time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelly Ann View Post
    Yup. If I wrote an email to babycenter every time I felt like they were missing the big picture... I would have to quit my job and do it full time.
    LOL - good point! Babycenter does have some very helpful resources, but it's also VERY mainstream so I suspect things like babyled solids are considered just too fringe hippy dippy. Which is too bad.
    Lynn
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    HEY! Who you callin' hippy dippy??

    I know whenever we mention it to people we try to sell it on the "it's so much easier for mommy...you can eat your meal and not worry about trying to spoonfeed Junior his pureed peas!"

    I would love it if every time there was an opening to do so that we could write letters elucidating the general population on these great ways we've found, but OTOH I like being in exclusive clubs.

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    I just dropped my babycenter emails because I got one recently (in their 11 month emails) talking about potty training and how they have no control over their bladder or bowels until 18-24 months- which is the AAP's belief too. Tell that to my son who has only had about three poopy diapers since early August. All the rest have been in the potty!!! yay for infant potty training!

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    My mom- who's generally really flexible and supportive of my parenting choices, gets really nervous when I feed Nora. She's always suggesting that maybe I've put too much food on her tray or that maybe I should cut things up smaller and things like that. You'd think that after nearly 6 months, she'd notice that Nora can feed herself pretty durn well (better than many full grown men, IMO), but it's just not in her realm of experience. To her, babies should eat pureed foods (once they've stopped bfing, of course). I think that there are a whole lot of people out there that feel this way, but it's changing. I've turned several of my mommy friends on to the BLS method and they all love it.
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    Baby led sounds just what I'm after; DD is 6 months old today and I have no interest in feeding her anything besides left side or ride side. My mother of blessed memory (LLLL, IBCLC) always said to wait till the baby took the food, but as my LO tries to grab everything, I'm a little unsure of exactly what she meant.

    Any good sites to read about the baby-led path?

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    When people try to give me grief about our (mostly) baby-led approach I tell them that pureed foods were for when it was recommended to start babies on solids around 4 months old. Since we don't start until 6 months or later now, purees are unnecessary. I completely made this explaination up out of my imagination. And every single person has said to me "That makes sense." and dropped the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RABT View Post
    Baby led sounds just what I'm after; DD is 6 months old today and I have no interest in feeding her anything besides left side or ride side. My mother of blessed memory (LLLL, IBCLC) always said to wait till the baby took the food, but as my LO tries to grab everything, I'm a little unsure of exactly what she meant.

    Any good sites to read about the baby-led path?

    TIA
    Reena
    Reena -

    Here are some threads that may be helpful:

    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=27793
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=21716
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=30188
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=11036

    Baby led solids guidelines

    Great blog with baby led experiences & recipes

    Feel free to ask lots of questions!

    Lynn
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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    My dd is just under 10 months and has always self fed.
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