Re: Excessive weight gain!!
BLW is great and works really well with breastfed babies. But make sure your child is developmentally ready and shows all the signs of readiness. At 4 months it is not likely that your child is ready to feed herself.
My family, my mom in particular thought it was really weird and kept trying to cut the food up and smush it and constantly asked me if she was going to choke on something. But after a month or so she saw how well it was working and started bragging to other people about the amazing things her granddaughter could eat. It is going to make people nervous because it's not the way they learned to safely feed a baby, but as long as you are informed and you know what you are doing, don't let them dissuade you.
* Baby can sit up well without support.
* Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
* Baby is ready and willing to chew.
* Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
* Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
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