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What’s for Dinner?

February 15, 2008 4:50 pm
Posted by: heather

Last night Jace slobbered on some zucchini sticks and ate one container of pears, a couple of spoonfuls of hummus and 1/3 of a rice cake! How did we get to this point?

Well, after realizing that Jace was only interested in eating solid food if he thought it was his idea, I did a little research on line. I came across a fairly new phenomenon call Baby Led Weaning. It’s name is rather a misnomer as it isn’t about weaning your child from breastmilk/formula but rather, letting your child learn to eat solids at their own pace, on their own terms. It seems to be most prevelant (atleast online) in the UK but I have also seen it mentioned on some US websites and newsgroups. Essentially you start giving your child steamed vegis and soft fruits and other easy finger foods on their highchair tray and let them explore and learn how to eat them on their own. Knowing Jace had eaten part of a rice cake before, we started with that and steamed zucchini. I am not sure how much of the zucchini he ate (although his diaper the next day showed some of it definitely got eaten) but he totally chowed on the rice cake. After a couple of days of this, Steve tried giving him a spoonful hummus while he was sitting there. Jace ate it. Food, from a spoon!

Next we decided to try an experiment. Since April managed to convince Jace to drink from a bottle the first day he was there, we thought we would see if we could elicit some more of that April magic. We sent him to daycare with a container of squash, full expecting that most of it would come home. Wouldn’t you know it, he ate it all. The next day, she tried again. Apparently this time he didn’t want it until she gave all the other kids spoons, then he was more than happy to have his spoon, food and all.

We are taking it slowly, but I am so excited that he is finally learning to eat. Who knows, maybe some day he will sleep more at night as a result.

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