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  1. #1
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    Default caregivers and BLW

    My DS is 5 months tomorrow. We have not started solids yet, but I am planning on BLW at 6 months (or later... waiting for all the signs!). I work outside the home 3 days a week, and he is cared for in our home by my mom 1 day and MIL 2 days.

    So has anyone else done BLW while working outside the home? Did you start off just doing it while you are with your child or did you allow your caregivers to feed solids? How have your caregivers reacted?

    Thanks a bunch!!

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    Default Re: caregivers and BLW

    We did BLW - started OFFERING solids when DS was 6 mo. He didn't really get into eating until he was around 8.5 mo old.

    We ONLY did new foods at home with me and/or DH there.

    I didn't send ANY solids with DS to day care until he was about 9 mo old and then I ONLY sent food I knew he'd "mastered" at home (ability to chew & swallow without problems).

    The day care providers were pretty traditional in their approach to starting solids and thought I was totally nuts. I got a lot of pressure to do things "their way" but I politely dug my heels in.

    Then they were super impressed at how well DS did with self-feeding and "skipping" purees.

    Because care providers were paid and not family - it was probably easier for me to ignore their well intentioned advice.
    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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    Default Re: caregivers and BLW

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lsksam View Post
    We did BLW - started OFFERING solids when DS was 6 mo. He didn't really get into eating until he was around 8.5 mo old.

    We ONLY did new foods at home with me and/or DH there.

    I didn't send ANY solids with DS to day care until he was about 9 mo old and then I ONLY sent food I knew he'd "mastered" at home (ability to chew & swallow without problems).

    The day care providers were pretty traditional in their approach to starting solids and thought I was totally nuts. I got a lot of pressure to do things "their way" but I politely dug my heels in.

    Then they were super impressed at how well DS did with self-feeding and "skipping" purees.

    Because care providers were paid and not family - it was probably easier for me to ignore their well intentioned advice.
    Everything same for us but I think I started letting mom and MIL give breakfast only around 8 months (when I was comfy with dd's eating abilities). They were under strict instructions not to put food in DD's mouth and not to pressure her to eat. Like pp, they had a hard time b/c they did things differently and thought I was nuts They are impressed by how well dd eats and the variety of food that she eats as well. Just make clear how you want LO to be fed - I also made sure to hang something on the fridge about what to do when a baby chokes.
    Proud mom of 2:
    DD 5/2008 nursed for 3 years and 3 months.
    DS born 8/2011 nursing like a champ

    Sorry for the short responses...always, always, always NAK or holding a baby

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    Default Re: caregivers and BLW

    I tend to only send food I know my LO can eat, handles well and enjoys, so there's no question, and I tell my dcp what she can offer in case of emergency, like if he's extra hungry and she's used all the BM I've left.

    Mine was a little confused at first, when I showed her what I was doing with Colton, but once she realized it was wayyy less work for her -- no spoonfeeding the baby -- she loves it.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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