I have a little gal named Violet who is nearly perfect. Sweet, silly, cuddly, happy and a really good little eater. The best out of my three children. Why is she the best out of all three? I think I know why.
Many moons ago, and I can't quite remember exactly when, I heard of baby-led weaning from my friend Carina aka Azucar. About the time that I should have been starting feeding Violet some type of solid food, I e-mailed Carina for more info and she sent me THIS link. I read up on it and felt great about it. So I followed the method of letting Violet feed herself from the beginning. When I should have been (according to a pediatrician) feeding her rice cereal or jarred something or other, I just kept her on the bottle. When we would be eating dinner, I would give her a few things from the dinner table, but not to really sustain her, just to let her check it out. As she grew, she got more teeth and I still kept feeding her the same amount of formula every 2-3 hours. But as usual, she got whatever we had at the table to check out. Sure, she choked sometimes and I expected that, but I kept a close eye on her.
Fast forward to now. This morning after her bah-bah, I sat her in her high chair and without a spoon from me or mashing anything, she ate half a banana cut into small pieces and a piece of orange. And then a half a piece of toast. She will eat anything I put in front of her. Green beans, broccoli, pizza, scrambled eggs, strawberries, cookies (duh), watermelon. This was not like my boys at all! I really wonder if I had used this method with the boys if they would have been better, more diverse eaters. I am always trying to analyze why Violet does so well and think it might be that she went straight to learning to chew instead of learning to spoon-eat.
Anyways, I don't know why I am telling you all of this. I think I am just trying to process this on my own. Has anyone else tried baby-led weaning with their children? Have your results been as satisfying as mine?