How Did Baby Led Weaning Benefit Your Baby?
Hello readers. Welcome back to the Mamas Tell All: 10 Q & A Baby Led Weaning Series.
There are four questions left in the series. However, since the busy holidays are coming around, I would like to dedicate my time and energy on holiday posts and other seasonal tips and advice. Therefore, I have decided to combine the last four questions into two posts. In this post, I will show the results to questions seven: How did baby led weaning benefit your baby? Question eight: How does your child eat today? And question ten: If you had the option to do it again, or with your next child, would/will you do baby led weaning again?
On October 11th, I will conclude the series with the last question regarding the best baby led weaning products. Thank you to the ladies who submitted your answers, and for those of you reading and are thinking about doing baby led weaning. Check out the other posts in this series to find more information on baby led weaning.
How did baby led weaning benefit your baby? How does your child eat today?
You can find a comprehensive post regarding just how much baby led weaning benefited Lennox here. In this post, I want to point out four baby led weaning benefits that have carried over into Lennox’s toddlerhood.
1. Courageous Eating
Once Lennox hit six-months of age and started baby led weaning, he has tried an array of foods.
From his first foods, avocado and fruits, to chicken and seafood, there were very few limitations on what we could give Lennox. To see what you should not offer during baby led weaning, click here.
Not only did Lennox develop a rich palate for a diversity of foods, but he learned to appreciate different food textures, colors, feels, smells.
Exposing him to different foods, with different textures is the reason today, at two-years-old, I can serve Lennox dinner, and he will gladly try everything on his plate. There are times that he doesn’t like something, and that is completely fine. However, he is not hesitant to try new things. I love that about him, and it makes my life a little easier because I do not have to worry about preparing separate meals for him.
2. Encourages intimate family time and socialization
Since it is recommended that baby led weaning take place around the dinner table, for us, it has forced us to allocate a special part of our day to mealtimes and family socialization. This forces us give the phone and TV a break, and create genuine family memories. This brings me to my next point.
3. Facilitates dining out experiences
Since Lennox is used to having a mealtime routine, this makes going out to eat a lot easier. NOW, that does not mean that Lennox is an angel when we go out and about because that is FAR from the truth. In fact, he’s quite the terror. However, as soon as Lennox has food in front of him, the scenario changes.
Also, from a financial perspective, we save money going out to eat because since Lennox is such a courageous eater, he shares food with Carlos or me.
4. My hands are free
This is the best part. Since Lennox started BLW, I have hardly had to feed him. He feeds himself and insists on feeding himself. It’s beautiful to be able to eat my own food, and also to watch him develop his fine-motor skills using utensils.
These are four awesome beneficial impacts baby led weaning has had on Lennox. Let’s see what the other mamas said.
Other mama’s responses
Kassandra at Adelaideandi
7. She’s definitely the opposite of picky and will eat pretty well whatever is put in front of her. I never have to worry when we are out to eat because there’s always something on the menu she’ll like!
8. She’s a really great eater and is not picky at all besides a handful of veggies she has never liked. She has days where all she wants is peanut butter toast, but don’t we all?
Taylor at Mindful.mom_ents
7. He is pretty good at trying new things and eating clean. I think it’s great for fostering independence and works well with our Montessori style of learning
8.Like a normal toddler - likes something one day, doesn’t want it the next. Sometimes isn’t too hungry but likes to snack all day. But he does sit down at his table and eats things with a utensil well and doesn’t just play in his food.
Jessica at HeyMamaJess
7. He developed his pincer grasp very early. He also is a pro at using silverware at 18 months.
8. Like a 30 year old haha
Emily at This Crazy Maze
7. He is independent and actually eats really well for his age!
8. He just turned 1 and he eats with his hands (I JUST bought baby sized utensils... oops) but he eats everything and wants to eat everything!
7. They’re very adventurous eaters and love sharing meals with family
8. Both have a great variety of fruits and veggies they eat, 2 is teething and picky right now, but stills eats veggies!
Brooke at Simply Well Family
7. My children benefited from being able to taste multiple foods at each meal.
8. My children are good eaters today. My oldest is willing to at least taste whatever I offer while my second enjoys every fruit & vegetable offered to him.
Lastly, I want to get the results from question 10, If you had the option to do it again, or with your next child, would/will you do baby led weaning again?
Thank you for reading this series. I hope it has helped you with your weaning journey. Please feel free to reach out to me for any questions. Follow us on social media for daily toddler tantrums and activities.
Other questions in this series
10/11/19-Question 9: What were some of your favorite baby products for BLW? Highchairs, utensils, bibs etc.?