Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Baby Led Weaning: Round Two

Life is different for baby number two; it really really is.  I have a three year old on my hands, and that is a time consuming, full attention effort.  So the second child just has to roll with life a bit more.  Bath time is still only happening every few days, and Finn is lucky if he gets one good solid nap where he isn't woken up for one of various reasons.  Luckily, Finn is relaxed and happy to just join along on the ride that our family is on.

When Liam started approaching the six month mark, I stocked up on all the foods I wanted to introduce him too.  I picked the exact day that he would finally get his first taste.  I had my camera ready.  Conor & I watched with bated breath.  It was a big deal.  A huge milestone.  And I was also a big hot mess about the whole thing, nervous that introducing foods to Liam would somehow change our breastfeeding relationship.  Let's just say, Finn got none of this hoopla for his first food encounter or any thereafter....

I'm a strong believer in the virgin gut, so holding off on foods until 6 months is pretty important to me.  I won't go into all the details here, but essentially a baby's gut is near sterile at birth and remains "open" until about 6 months of age.  So you do not want to be introducing bacteria until then.  Anyways, while I was hiking with the boys the other day, we made a quick stop for a snack.  Liam was happily eating & playing while I was chatting with some other moms.  A few minutes go by, and I all of sudden notice that Finn is gumming a big piece of fruit leather!!!  Apparently Liam had decided his didn't want his, so after discarding it Finn picked it right up and went to town.  So Finn's first food: an apple fruit leather.  With Liam, I would have freaked out.  With number 2, I gave a little sigh. Then decided I should offer him some beef jerky to gum as well since he seemed to be into it, ha!

Finn is only a couple weeks shy of 6 months, so it really wasn't a big deal.  But it also wasn't some big special moment either.  We're taking the baby led weaning approach again, so only offering whole foods to Finn.  No pureed baby food for us!  If you haven't heard of BLW, I highly recommend looking in to.  We used this method with Liam and loved not having to bring food with us everywhere; he simply ate what we ate.  So far Finn isn't really ingesting anything, pretty much just munching on various foods.  The only thing he hasn't liked is avocado, with strawberries, cucumber, & any kind of meat being favorites!


  I'm much more relaxed this time.  A certain amount of confidence definitely comes the second time around.  And now I know that the introduction of foods will not in any way affect our nursing relationship.  It is about much more than simply nourishment.  And so is BLW.  It's about mess making.  Its about joining the family for meals and being independent from the beginning.  It's about the experience.  This is a fun milestone that will only add an extra element of chaos to our kitchen table.  Cheers to that!

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  1. Another informative post by one of my favorite mommas! I have never heard of BLW but I love the concept! Xo, Stephanie

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  2. Isn't it funny how much changes between #1 and #2 :).

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  3. We didn't do BLW with noah but probably would have if we had a second. Too funny though that second children just naturally don't get the same hoopla! I remember doing the same thing with Noah, planning which foods to try on each day and we videoed every single one! First time parents!

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  4. The more I read about BLW, the more I like it! Thanks for planting the seed for waaaaay in the future. :)

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  5. We did not do BLW for Cam, and we are DEFINITELY doing it with Louise. Thank you for the boost in confidence in deciding to do this!

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  6. Haha poor second kids! ;) I am totally with you. Love the concept of BLW...but I can't imagine it would have worked with our second baby as she gagged on everything...even a puree that had the tiniest chunks in it for the longest time. But I can only imagine how much easier it would be, besides the mess of course! :)

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  7. Aw, second kids! I hadn't heard of the virgin gut thing so I'll have to look at that when the time comes for number 2. We did a combo of purees and BLW for Abbie and it was awesome and I really believe she did better because of the BLW. Now, if only she wasn't so picky now!

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  8. I just love how he's analyzing that strawberry! We took more of a BLW approach this time too, which was great--after I got over the "messiness" factor. Happy eating, Finn!

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  9. Love the pics of Finn in his chair. This is just so true--more relaxed, more confidence, more 'oops' moments. Oh, second children.. :) I imagine soon enough this little one (and his big bro) will be eating you out of house and home!!

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  10. BLW is amazing!!! I so wished I knew about 4.5 years ago with my oldest! Such a fuss free way to introduce whole, healthy foods. And I swear my 15 month old has a better appetite too!

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  11. Impressive pics, Laura! You're stepping up your photog game!!! My only problem with BLW was the gagging---I panicked every time!

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    1. Thanks Paige! I have been spending more time with my camera, so this compliment made my day!

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  12. I can't believe he doesn't like avocados! Parker could eat them at every meal! Although she could eat anything! I love BLW as well. I couldn't imagine carrying special baby food around and spoon feeding, ugh, no thanks!! We do give her pouches every now and then when I make something really spicy and don't have any fresh fruit or veggies.

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  13. i LOVE blw. we did it on accident with lex because she refused to eat purred foods-- but it worked so well we're back at it again with k. but i love that they get to experiment with different textures and use their hands and just get messy!

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  14. Hahaha! Love this! We did BLW with both kids and no food before 6 months too. I love BLW and think it's made a huge difference in what my kids will eat and their hand-eye coordination. I'm a huge fan. And we were the same way with both kids - Mac's first bite was a well-documented ordeal. Mim's first food was a leftover pizza crust that Mac gave her while I wasn't watching! Go figure! :)

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  15. We didn't do BLW with Mason but I wish we did. The pureed food thing and the pouches and all that were kind of a hassle and I think it would have been so much easier to just let him have some of what we were eating. I feel like I was a but more paranoid since he was #1 and if we had a #2, I would be more laid back and would definitely do the BLW approach.

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  16. Great post dear! Have a wonderful weekend:)

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  17. I definitely need to write a similar post with our first food experience this time around. You are so correct, it is just a much more relaxed state this time. I think the babies are more relaxed because of it too! Lily gave Ben a piece of her Larabar, which the version she had was mostly peanut butter, had that happened the first time I would have lost my marbles!!! This time, I'm like well, glad we got that out of the way! ;)

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  18. i'm so glad i learned about the virgin gut thing from you. i want to do baby led weaning when i have kids, but i am glad i now know about the virgin gut. good to hear things are more relaxed with Finn, he seems like a happy baby so it must be working ;)

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  19. Love learning and reading more about this! Thank you for always sharing! xx

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