SOOOO Baby-Led Weaning (BLW)…we love you, and hate you at the same time.
A few posts back, I talked about how we decided not to go down the BLW route, and do the puree route instead. BUT, that has since changed. I’m not really sure what brought about the change but one day, I decided we would see how Jason did with it. Answer? Terrible…at first. Collectively, we all struggled with the BLW thing at first, but NOW, that we are a couple months in, we love it…for the most part.
Now at 10.5 months old, I would say Jason BLWs for about 90% of his meals…that is, unless we are out and about or I make something for dinner that is just too crumbly, etc.
When we first transitioned from “stage 2”, clumpy purees to BLW, we started J on just one meal of BLW and kept the rest at purees. I think a large part of what turned us off BLW in the first place was a) the fear of J choking and b) the mess. And well, c) the fact that I’m so type A and like to know how much J eats, and it is harder to “control” with BLW.
I have come to terms with c) because I don’t WANT to “control” what J eats, and want him to be able to eat freely, and as much (or as little) as he wants. As for b), I think I have also accepted the fact that yes, I will have to vacuum/ sweep/ mop after every meal IF I want the house to be eat-off-the-floors CLEAN. But, I obviously don’t…I mean, I didn’t do that BEFORE having a baby…so I REALLY don’t have the time to do it now. Haha! So…here we are with sticky floors 80% of the time, and I’m okay with it!! Again, for the most part.
As for a), and the choking part, in the beginning, we watched J REALLY closely and sat with him (or close-ish) anytime he ate is BLW meal. Now about 2 months in, we no longer have to do that. Sure, he gags once in a while, but that’s mostly because he shovels his food in too quickly, not because he is unable to eat/ chew properly.
So, with that being said…2 (ish) months into BLW, we really DO like it. It is great in the sense that I can put J in his high chair for breakfast/ lunch/ dinner, and he eats independently while giving me and David time to meal prep OUR meals, and EAT them too!
This leads me to my next point of WHAT Jason eats. I would say that 80% of the time, J eats before David and I. Because of this, I like to have meals ready to go for him, so that I am not making 2 meals at a time. While I would say that D and I DO eat fairly healthy, and I am now comfortable with J eating most of what we eat, it mostly comes down to the fact that J NEEDS to eat before D and I do, or sometimes he just can’t eat the spicy/ saucy version of what we are eating. SO…often, I will give J a “baby version” of what we are eating. For example, if we are having spaghetti and meatballs, I will give him the noodles and meatballs without the sauce, and steam a type of vegetable for him. This works great if the meal we are having lends well to making a baby-friendly version. Other times, it doesn’t.
So, for those times (or when J needs to eat earlier, or when we are out and about), I turn to a pre-made meal!
When J started BLW, I hit Google and Pinterest up and started researching BLW recipes. I tried a couple that I didn’t like, but have (so far) found 4 that work really great for us, and that J loves.
The beauty of these recipes is that they freeze GREAT, and I can pull them out and reheat them when we need them. Also, while J loves them, David and I actually really like them as well…so win, win!
So without further ado, here are the 4 BLW recipes that we are loving right now.
When we need these, I pull them out of the freezer and reheat them. Then I break them up into smaller bite size pieces and put them on Jason’s tray. Often, I will cook extra pasta for him, or steam a vegetable and/ or cut up a fruit to go along with it.
I love rotating through these and find that between these, and the food pouches we buy and the “baby version” of the meals he has with us, J get’s a lot of variety in his meals.
Also, not on the list, but a meal that I often turn to is scrambled eggs. Whenever I’m in a real bind and don’t have ANYTHING ready to go, a scrambled egg with toast and fruit or avocado on the side is always a safe bet with J.
LASTLY, I want to mention that for the most part, I try not to make J’s food with any salt or sugar. With that being said, I make a yogurt “dessert” for J that he likes to have as a snack from time to time or as a dessert, after his meals.
I often see these yogurt bites at the store, but they often have a lot of added stuff in them. I liked the idea of them, so I Googled it and found that there are a lot of homemade versions that are out there!
Here is the one we use:
Homemade Yogurt Melts
PS. I can’t remember where I saw this, but I saw in someone else’s recipe that they let their yogurt sit in a strainer with a coffee filter (in the fridge) or a few hours so that the yogurt doesn’t have as much liquid, and I 100% recommend this step!
So, anyways, all that to say that we are now very PRO BLW and wanted to share what works for us!