Sunday, 13 March 2011
Cameron Tried Out 'Cameron-led Weaning'!
Cameron has been trying to grab the food off my plate for weeks now and always tries to feed himself when I am feeding him his purees, as well as putting everything in sight in his mouth! I thought nothing of it really until I saw something on Baby-led weaning and thought I would see what it was. It is where you don't bother with purees and just allow the baby to eat the things adults eat. Apparently this allows for the baby to feel more included at meal times and also learn what they like food wise early on.
I researched the government guidelines first, and as Cameron is now 6 months old it says basically to go for it with finger foods. I went food shopping this afternoon and bought some baby friendly 'normal' foods and when I got back I made both me and Cameron a cheese sandwich and set down to eat it with him. He absolutely loved having the same food as me, everytime I bit into my sandwich he giggled so much and tried eating his too!
I gave him a baby yoghurt as well and he loved that even more as it was nice and smooth but also tasted yummy (I tried a little!). Cameron ate it all up and giggled lots afterwards.
For anyone reading this and thinking of baby-led weaning I would definitely suggest it, but would also suggest reading up on what is safe and isn't safe for babies. Here is where I looked: http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_084164.pdf
But, at the end of the day, every baby is different and only YOU and YOUR BABY know when they are ready to start on solids/on finger foods! I am so excited for Cameron to try all the wonderful foods there are out there, it is making me be more adventurous with my food choices as well...