Welcome to the fifth question of Mothers Tell All: 10 Baby Led Weaning Q & A Series by Real and Unfiltered Mamas. In this series, mamas answered: Did you use purées also? If so, did it cause any confusion for your baby? Explain how you used both weaning methods.
If you read Q 3 of this series—What were some of the first foods you offered— you know we began giving Lennox homemade purees when he was 4.5 months old. He was already sitting up and was grabbing at our food, so we decided to give it a try. His first purée was apples mixed with breastmilk. He loved it. Then, we switched to carrots because Lennox’s pediatrician recommended that we start with vegetables to avoid Lennox becoming accustomed to the sweetness in fruit. On that note, he hated pureed carrots, which is interesting because during BLW and now as a toddler, carrots are one of his favorite snacks.
It was right about the time that Lennox suffered through pureed carrots that some fellow mamas, in my mom group on Facebook, introduced me to the baby led weaning phenomenon. I was sold. Immediately, I ditched the spoons and threw away my stash of frozen purees. It was a fabulous decision, and I don’t regret it one bit. See the adorable video below of Lennox thinking he is about to get a yummy treat, only to find out its carrots :D
After stopping purees, we gave Lennox a week off from solids to reset his mind and tongue-thrust and then, we embarked on our baby led weaning journey. For the first few weeks, we did not use purees to avoid confusion. Once Lennox was getting used to exploring new food items, I slowly reintroduced purees again, mostly as a snack when we were out and about. This purée experience was different than the first because this time around, Lennox was in control of his eating, whereas before I spoon fed him.
Once I reintroduced the purées, Lennox still didn’t have complete control over his hands so I would put some of the puree on a spoon, set it in front of Lennox, and let him bring it to his own mouth. Or, I would allow him to play around and have some sensory fun with his mush. He enjoyed making a mess.
Overall, the vast majority of the time, Lennox was uninterested in the pureed foods so, we eventually stopped using them.
To wrap thing up, If you are deciding to do baby led weaning and are not sure whether or not to offer purees, Feeding Bytes offers a comprehensive post about the combination of both weaning methods here. In my opinion, each baby is different, and you, mama, know your babe the best. Do what feels best for you and your baby. All I can say is that you should give BLW a go because it is so nutritionally and educationally beneficial for your baby. Check out the other mama’s responses below.
Other mama’s responses to Question 5:
Kassandra at Adelaideandi
Yes I did both - we adults eat stuff like soup and mashed potato so I felt it appropriate that she should eat everything too! I never purées and solids at the same meal though, as I feel that’s what can confuse babies and lead to scares.
Taylor at Mindful.mom_ents
No purées, if he had something soft like mashed potatoes, he fed himself.
Jessica at HeyMamaJess
No. Not until after 1 we started giving yogurt.
Emily at This Crazy Maze
We would use mashed up food sometimes and we have used those baby food pouches a few times (like, less than 5) when we have gone out to eat. It did not cause any confusion.
Some for my 1st, it never caused confusion, she also didn’t have a problem with being spoon fed occasionally
Brooke at Simply Well Family
None of my children have been given purées. Though my oldest enjoyed softened apple chunks. At 9 years old he still prefers apple sauce over whole apples.
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Lorena & Lennox
Other questions in this series
8/11/19- Question 6: What did you like/dislike about BLW?
9/11/19- Question 7: How did BLW benefit your baby?
10/11/19- Question 8: How does your child eat today?
11/11/19-Question 9: What were some of your favorite baby products for BLW? Highchairs, utensils, bibs etc.?
12/11/19- Question 10: If you had the option to do it again, or with your next child, would/will you do BLW again?