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BLW Leash25 2 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1595 posts
23rd Nov '13

When should I start baby led weaning? My baby is 9 months old and I would like to start BLW but I'm afraid of him choking. He has been on solids since 6 months and I Mash up table food and give it to him. He is very interested in eating but still doesn't have any teeth. should I hold off on blw until he gets teeth or start giving him table food and see how he does?

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4768 posts
23rd Nov '13

Start any time!
DS didn't have any teeth when we started out so we gave him thinks like avocado and banana and steamed apples. I'll bet your son is more than ready to try food! Just cut everything really small and he shouldn't choke. He might gag because he's not used to different textures, but he'll get over it. Good luck! I really liked doing BLW.

Leash25 2 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1595 posts
23rd Nov '13

Thanks. I thibk he will like it because he wants everything we have and he does eat it too. well start on that tomorrow. should I let him eat by himself or feed it to him?

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4768 posts
23rd Nov '13

Quoting Leash25:
Thanks. I thibk he will like it because he wants everything we have and he does eat it too. well start on that tomorrow. should I let him eat by himself or feed it to him?




I think it's recommended to just put the food in front of baby and just let him explore, so that it is truly 'baby-led'. Often, they'll just smear and smash it for the first few meals, which is still great tactile learning for him. But he'll get the hang of it in no time :)

bia. Due August 13; 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 76284 posts
23rd Nov '13

You can start anytime from 6 months, I started at 6 months with my youngest.

Leash25 2 kids; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1595 posts
23rd Nov '13

Thanks guys! we are going to try this tomorrow! I can't wait to see how it will work out!

sharkgirl7 Due January 10 (girl); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Post Falls, Idaho 27 posts
23rd Nov '13

You don't understand the concept of BLW if you've already introduced foods to him. It means HE chooses when to eat and HE feeds himself without help from YOU.

sharkgirl7 Due January 10 (girl); 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Post Falls, Idaho 27 posts
23rd Nov '13

Quoting The Great Deku Tree:
Start any time!
DS didn't have any teeth when we started out so we gave him thinks like avocado and banana and steamed apples. I'll bet your son is more than ready to try food! Just cut everything really small and he shouldn't choke. He might gag because he's not used to different textures, but he'll get over it. Good luck! I really liked doing BLW.




The purpose of BLW is letting the child feed themselves. If you choose age appropriate food, there's no need to cut it up or mash it up. Great starter foods are bananas and avocado. The idea behind it is that nature wouldn't have a child be interested in something he can choke on. So as long as baby is supervised, odds are they aren't going to cram a whole banana in their mouth at once.