Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or medical professional! I share what I’ve read, find multiple sources to verify anything I state here, and try to compile something thoughtful and useful. For medical advice, talk to your kid’s doctor!! I’m just a mom, trying to lend a hand.
One trend among kids who were weaned the baby led way is that they are far less picky than those weaned the traditional way. Yes, yes, of course there are always exceptions. But BLWers aren’t afraid of funky textures or colors or new flavors because they’ve been eating a large variety since day one of weaning.
Did you see my post last week about doing baby led weaning at restaurants?
When I first sat down to write this post, I thought “Well, it’s basically the same thing as the restaurant post, right?” When you’re on vacation, you are eating out more often (okay, that’s how we vacation, anyway), so how will this post be any different? What can I add? How can I expound on the last post? I might have figured it out.
I get asked a lot of questions about purees and transitioning from purees to baby led weaning.
Before I get into anything else, I want to formally define “weaning”. To wean means to “accustom an infant to food other than its mother’s milk.” Weaning is the transition period going from milk/formula to solids. Once your baby is used to eating foods (purees or otherwise), the weaning has ended, and your baby is just eating. It’s “finger foods”. The way you get to “finger foods” is either through purees (traditional weaning) or by just jumping in head first (BLW)… or a mixture of the two! But I’ll get to all that in a minute.
With baby led weaning, there are just a handful of “rules” that you’re supposed to follow. Three of them say no honey, no added salt, and no added sugar.
First, here’s a thought: Babies don’t know if something is “bland”. We have acquired tastes, as adults. We like sweet things and we like salty things. But babies have only been drinking breastmilk or formula for as long as they’ve been alive! So they don’t care if it’s “bland”. To them, it’s a brand new flavor.