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    Default Help me convince DH to do BLW

    After doing much research, I've decided that we are going to do BLW. Even though he was on board when I started looking into it a month ago, now DH is convinced that DS will sleep better if we start giving him rice cereal now. DS is 5 months old. I've been googling my heart out but I can't seem to find any good articles starting that rice cereal is unnecessary and the sleeping better thing is a myth. All I can find is people stating that without any facts. Please help me.

    Background: He has a son from a previous marriage who is now 9 and they were told to give him cereal when he was 3 months old. They also smoked inside with an infant, FF because his ex-wife didn't want to be tied down by BF and let him CIO at 8 weeks old, so their parenting "style" is very different then what we been doing with DS.

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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    Will he read? Gill Rapleys Baby-Led Weaning is a great book! It lays it all out plain and simple.
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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    The recent thread on pediatric news has some interesting information on infant feeding, specifically, what to feed. The initial article references a research paper that is referenced further down in the thread. That might help.

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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    Do you mean BLS (baby led solids)?
    Ds 9/09 nursed for 20 months

    Dd 12/11 nursing a toddler again

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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nsm View Post
    Do you mean BLS (baby led solids)?
    BLW = Baby Led Weaning.


    Here are some links that I found for you:

    Why you shouldn't give cereal in a bottle


    http://parenting.ivillage.com/baby/b...,,3vp7,00.html

    "Somewhere between four and six months, but probably closer to six months, your baby will be ready for solid foods. By that age, he will be able to move food to the back of his mouth to swallow and his digestive system will be better able to handle solids. You baby will give you signs he is ready for solids. To start, he will be much more aware of his surroundings. He may reach out for your food, put objects in his mouth, watch you closely as you eat and seem hungry after feedings."


    Baby Led Weaning

    Hope that helps!
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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nsm View Post
    Do you mean BLS (baby led solids)?
    Wondering the same thing since introducing cereal was mention.
    Megan/Meg
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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*megboo33 View Post
    Wondering the same thing since introducing cereal was mention.

    I currently do a hybrid of Baby Led Weaning and purees.It works great for us!
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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    baby led solids and baby led weaning are the same thing .... just depends on where in the world you are Both terms refer to offering baby WHOLE foods and letting baby self regulate and lead the solids path (also referred to as the beginning of weaning because breastmilk stops becoming the only source of nutrition).

    The main principle behind BLS/BLW is that you NOT feed the baby. Baby feeds himself. and that you offer whole foods that are not processed.

    The links provided above have great info . Here is another link you might find useful

    Taken from above link:
    Many parents worry about babies choking. However, there is good reason to believe that babies are at less risk of choking if they are in control of what goes into their mouth than if they are spoon fed. This is because babies are not capable of intentionally moving food to the back of their throats until after they have developed the ability to chew. And they do not develop the ability to chew until after they have developed the ability to reach out and grab things. The ability to pick up very small things develops later still. Thus, a very young baby cannot easily put himself at risk because he cannot get small pieces of food into his mouth. Spoon feeding, by contrast, encourages the baby to suck the food straight to the back of his mouth, potentially making choking more likely.
    ~Jenn~


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    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    Just don't bring any rice cereal into your house. I'm betting that your hubby will not get out and get some on his own.
    tricky but it might work.

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    Default Re: Help me convince DH to do BLW

    The Gil Rapley book made all the difference in the world at my house for getting my husband on board with the idea. He didn't even read the whole thing - and you don't have to. You can turn to the relevant bullet points, if he wants to read more he can. Something about it being in writting, in a bound book, makes it easier to change their minds sometimes... Plus I found it helpful to ease my own fears before starting.
    "Old" first time ma (38) to Athena (May 17, 09) Oh my G-d, I'm nursing a toddler!!

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