Yesterday Baby B was having a lot of teething pain so after getting bored of sticking my poor mashed up fingers in his mouth and having accepted that he doesnt like his cold teething dummies, I cut a carrot stick up and gave it to him, nice and cold.
He loved it (nice cold hard surface to gum!) and started licking it which got me thinking… I know you shouldn’t start baby led weaning (or any weaning) until 26 weeks but we are getting close to it… so I parboiled the carrot stick for a few minutes, dunked it in cold water and sat him in his highchair – wow! He was impressed. To start with I held it in my hand and he moved my hand to his mouth, after a few minutes he got the idea. I hadnt cooked it enough so I doubt he ate anymore than he did during our short-lived attempt at puree’s but he enjoyed it – as the video shows.
Today we saw the health visitor (15lb 2oz – but he has been rejecting his milk for the last twelve hours so should have been a bit more!) and on the way home went to Tesco’s – I got a nice comice pear for Baby B and a prepared fruit salad for me. When we got home we tried carrot sticks again but they werent as exciting as yesterday. On a whim I gave Baby B a strawberry from my salad – big mistake clothes wise but great move for Baby B.
He couldn’t hold it – wrong size and shape – but if I held it he could grab my hand and move it into, around and out of his mouth so I think this still counts as Baby Led Weaning! He loved it, it was mashed around, smeared allover his bib, face, T-shirt and arms and it coloured his dribble bright red. Every now and then he would have a big chomp and pucker up his face and shiver as the sweet/sour juices of out of season strawberry hit him – he must have liked it as everytime this happened he pulled it away, looked at it and shoved it back into his mouth for another go. In the end I was the one who tired of holding a mushy strawberry before he did.
This looks like a messy but fun period of life!