Baby Lead Weaning: Season 2 Episode 1

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Thibault’s introduction to solid foods has gotten off to a great start. We wanted to wait to introduce solids until he was 6 months, but he was not having it. From about 5 months on he was getting frustrated at dinner time that he did not have any food to eat at the dinner table. It got to the point to where he was trying to grab food off our our spoon and plates, so we thought it was time to get things started. He started solids at 5 1/2 months and things have been going very well.

We wanted to try the Baby Led Weaning approach again. We did this with Flora after hearing good things from a friend of mine. I truly believe this is the healthiest way to introduce babies to solid foods. Flora is a well balanced and healthy eater. She’ll pretty much try anything, meal times are fun, we never had to spoon feed her, her diet is well-balanced, and traveling is easy. We were hoping Thibault could benefit in a similar way. So far—success! He LOVES food. Watching him eat is hilarious, especially at dinner time (his favorite meal of the day). Maybe it’s a guy things, but he just takes food and shoves it in his mouth, squishing food between his fingers by the fist full, and double fisting his food. He picks up his sippy cup and chugs it like a beer. It’s fantastic! We love this meal time entertainment.

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Wheetabix breakfast

So for now, we’re happy with how he has begun the weaning process. I wish the process itself was less messy though. At the moment, he’s going through 2-3 changes of clothes per day, about 2 bibs per day, and our use of paper towels and laundry has increased ten fold! I remind myself how the beginning of BLW is slow. Lots of mess, preparing your own foods, finding good recipes, and laundry. But, the benefits will soon catch up and we’re hoping for another healthy and happy eater in this house.

5 Months and Growing!

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I cannot believe how much has happened to Thibault in the last couple of weeks. Five months has seen lots of changes for him. He’s actually ten days shy of turning six months! I can’t believe that we have almost reached the half year mark. IMG_3109 Let’s review all the things that have happened. My parents came for their first visit and Thibault got to meet the other set of grandparents. My mother is here for the next two months. I’m so happy and grateful we have all of this family time together. My sister and kids came for a visit last week and he got to meet the other cousins. It was most exciting for Flora though.

Two teeth have busted through! I am impressed how well he has handled this!

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Thibault started trying solid foods for the first time. I really wanted to wait until he was six months, like we did with Flora. I assumed it would be easy because even at six months Flora had no interest in solid foods and didn’t actually start until seven months. And we really wanted to repeat the Baby Led Weaning process because it was so successful with Flora. She is such a good, well-balanced eater and I wanted to take this approach again. Well, Mr. T has been trying to grab the food off our our plates for a few weeks now and he was becoming more and more agitated at dinner when we weren’t giving him real food. So, we thought we could start the process a tiny bit early. It’s starting slow and some nights, we don’t even do it, but overall he seems to be enjoying his first taste of vegetables.

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And to top off the big month of milestones, he started rolling over this week. While laying on his activity mat this afternoon, he rolled over onto his tummy. Every time we put him down, he rolled himself back up. It’s been an exciting month of our little man.