does anyone else find baby-led weaning terrifying?

Since Lucy won’t take a bottle and I am her primary food source I had really high hopes for her eating actual food (and me regaining some personal freedom).  I suppose I had unrealistic expectations that she was going to just start eating full meals right off the bat.  Once again, Lucy has decided that she is quite particular about she gets her nutrients.

Little girl is not interested in baby food, i.e. pureed food of any kind.  Or to be clear, she is not interested in anyone feeding her baby food.  She wants to feed herself.  Since she is only 7 months old the act of putting spoon to bowl to mouth is out to reach.  Therefore Lucy pretty much only eats teething biscuits for now.

People keep telling me that for babies like Lucy the baby-led weaning is the way to go.  Essentially, in baby-led weaning approach you skip the puree stage and give your baby actual food and they self feed.  “Give your baby a broccoli floret and let her chew on it!” they say.  I am so worried she is going to choke.

Obviously, you have to sit with your baby the whole time they are eating… but what if Leo needs to go potty or the doorbell rings or the dishwashers starts inexplicably flooding the kitchen and your baby is sitting there with a whole banana and you’re not right there to react in time? I tend to jump to the worse case scenario….

But I guess I am going to try it since it’s probably not good for my child to only eat Baby MumMums. Does anyone have experience with baby-led weaning?  Is it terrifying? What do you feed your baby?  Help a mama out!


The struggle is real…


  1. Emily

    I was kind of forced into it. My babe was doing great with purees, then he got super sick and went on a solid strike and when he returned from it he wanted nothing to do with spoon feeding and wanted to feed himself. BLW isn’t what I’d chose, and it is totally scary, but it is actually not that bad. My nine month old had only gagged a couple of times and is really good about chewing (no teeth yet) and naturally spitting out bites that are too big. We’ve only been doing it for a few weeks now but have done penne pasta, mild cheddar cheese, black beans, baked sweet potato, steamed carrot, kiwi, strawberries, banana, scrambled eggs, and he loves smoothies. For the smoothies I feed him with a straw and the past couple of days we have done yogurt, spinach, and whatever fruit we have for the smoothies. Good luck, mama!

  2. EEF

    My girl is the same way! Our only saving grace is that she loves to imitate her twin brother, and he happens to be a true purée freak. As far as the baby led weaning: be prepared for A LOT of gagging! It freaked me out in the beginning, but just recently it has improved some. Most days I can actually sneak in some puréed bites of whatever she’s eating.. Be quick, and be prepared to be sprayed.. I generally feed her at the end of the day when it doesn’t matter if I’m wearing carrots or bananas. Hope that helps!

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