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Vegan Baby Led Weaning (1st Month)

Ben is 8 months former (!) as well as he has been eating solids for close a calendar month as well as a one-half , the final calendar month of which nosotros receive got been doing babe led weaning (BLW).  I start heard close BLW from my sister-in-law who did it from nine months on amongst my twin nephews who are at nowadays three.  For me , it was actually overnice beingness able to utter to my sis close some of my fears but about BLW as well as the logistics of cooking for an infant.  If you lot don't receive got a friend you lot tin utter to close BLW , I would highly advise doing a search on YouTube close BLW.  I flora a few videos when I was starting off that were really informative as well as reassuring.

First off , I intend "Baby Led Weaning" is non a really practiced bespeak what it is.  Yes , when babies start eating solids they volition naturally start decreasing their milk intake over fourth dimension , but amongst the shout out "Weaning" I experience similar it implies the intention to wean baby.  That is non how I encounter it.  I encounter it to a greater extent than every bit "let's practise eating thence that when it comes fourth dimension that you lot take away to a greater extent than nutrition than pectus milk tin render you'll know how to swallow as well as already savor a wide gain of foods."  I gauge that would live also long of acronym!  One phrase I've heard but about the BLW globe that I similar a lot is:


 "Food earlier 1 is but for fun."

Anyways , my intention is to start Ben off on the correct pes of agreement how to purpose his rima oris , natural language , as well as pharynx to chew as well as swallow nutrient safely , but most importantly , to innovate him to a diverseness of tastes as well as textures thence (hopefully) he isn't a picky eater as well as loves all fruits as well as veggies.  I desire him to receive got a practiced human relationship amongst nutrient that volition final a lifetime.  I desire him to encounter that mealtime is enjoyable as well as social , as well as nutrient is a cast of dear inside our family.  I desire him to savor the foods I'm enjoying beside me , rather than spoon feeding him mushy pudding glue that is disguising vegetables amongst fruit.

One source that I flora really helpful every bit I was getting started was a digital mass past times Cathleen Woods called Baby Led Weaning for Vegans: lx Plant-Based Recipes for Babies as well as Kids that Adults Will Love.  Cathleen writes the Vegan Momma blog as well as she has a non bad transportation service close BLW roofing some of the basics.  I haven't tried whatever of the recipes quite yet because Ben is nonetheless by as well as large but eating sticks of fruit as well as steamed veggies , but it volition live a non bad resources when every bit nosotros are starting to larn into the side past times side stage of eating.


When I start started feeding Ben solids a picayune after the vi calendar month score , I started amongst mushed banana mixed amongst pectus milk.  After a few tries he LOVED it as well as would accept spoonful after spoonful when nosotros fed him 1 time a solar daytime but about dinnertime. (I ever breastfeed earlier offering Ben solids.  The vast bulk of their nutrition for the start twelvemonth comes from pectus milk , thence I don't desire to give the sack that yet.)  We did this for close 2 weeks earlier jumping into BLW because nosotros were traveling as well as I wanted to produce to a greater extent than query earlier starting.

Ben's start endeavour of mango.

If in that location is a babe #2 someday , I would nonetheless produce purees for a calendar week or 2 earlier starting BLW.  I experience similar the purees at start were slow on his breadbasket as well as made his gut bacteria to a greater extent than prepared for the solids that came after. (Also to banking enterprise notation , I give Ben powdered probiotics mixed amongst pectus milk 1 time a day.  He had constipation issues when he was 3 or 4 months former as well as those helped tremendously.)  I also tried purees amongst dark-green peas , pears , as well as carrots.  Banana or banana mixtures seemed to live his favorite.

Ben's start orange.

The start BLW nutrient Ben had was also banana.  To prep I cutting the piece of employment past times as well as bottom tips off , thence amongst the cutis nonetheless on I cutting it long ways piece of employment past times to bottom , as well as thence sideways through the middle thence you lot destination upwards amongst 4 dissever banana halves.  I position 1 slice on his plate as well as off he went.  Ben is similar all babies , as well as anything he tin larn his hands on goes right away inwards his mouth.  He gnawed on it , but most cruel out of his rima oris as well as into his lap.  Some pieces crumbled inwards his hands as well as never fifty-fifty made it to his mouth.

The food-to-mouth , spit-out-food chip lasted entirely a calendar week or 2 earlier I noticed Ben actually chewing as well as taking downward food.  You'll live able to state if (and sometimes what) they are taking anything downward from their BMs the side past times side solar daytime or so.

The side past times side foods nosotros tried over the start few weeks inwards no detail lodge were avocado (loved) , carrots (liked) , broccoli (meh) , dark-green beans (liked) , cucumber (loved) , pears (too slippery , gagged badly , scared me , volition innovate 1 time again later) , romaine (meh) , watermelon (loved) , bell pepper (liked) , cantaloupe (loved) , steel cutting oats (liked) , rolled oats (meh) , mushrooms (didn't like) , babe bok choy (ok , hard to chew , volition innovate 1 time again later) , golden murphy (liked) , asparagus (meh) , mango (liked) , zucchini (loved) , as well as oranges (liked).


Ben amongst a bell pepper as well as mushroom.
He didn't swallow whatever of the mushroom ,
but I'll give it some other endeavour inwards the future.

He likes/loves all the fruit , has enjoyed the bulk of veggies , as well as hasn't rejected hardly anything.  I'm at nowadays but starting moving into feeding him clumpy things similar stews , rice dishes , pasta dishes , veggie/bean burgers , etc.  Last nighttime Ben as well as I had our start existent repast together.   I made wild rice as well as lentil stew.  It was past times far the messiest affair he has eaten , but he LURVED it!  He loved it thence much , he practically bathed himself inwards it (pictures downward below).  A bathroom was definitely needed afterwards.

When I start gave it to him , I handed him a spoon amongst a scoop of the stew on it.  He seemed to live to a greater extent than interested inwards gnawing on the spoon as well as non much nutrient made it into his mouth.  I took the spoon away as well as but plopped a handful of it on his plate as well as he seemed to produce improve after that , although he was quite song close letting me know he wasn't happy that the spoon was no longer inwards his possession.



Going into our minute calendar month of BLW , I experience fifty-fifty to a greater extent than confident as well as assured that this is the correct agency to become for didactics Ben how to eat.  It is thence fun to encounter him explore as well as vocalize his opinions of each food.  I'm excited to encounter where the side past times side calendar month of BLW adventures.

Health as well as Happiness ,