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Why Baby Led Weaning?

Why Baby-Led Weaning :
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An Interview with BLWing blogger Sarina from ‘Stop The Munchies’!

Thanks to social media, we are now able to meet people we wouldn’t ordinarily connect with from a business perspective. I met Sarina through instagram when she tagged @grabease.au in her posts and this started a lovely exchange between us about food, baby-led weaning and CJ’s (her son) development. I then had the pleasure of meeting her the One Fine Baby Fair in Sydney. When we met in person and spoke, I realised her story was a great one to share with other families in similar circumstances or those researching how they wanted to start solids.

So, here we are…..Enjoy!

Why did you choose Baby-Led Weaning with CJ?

As CJ was getting closer to being ready for solids I found a free online child nutrition course by FutureLearn which led me to the Baby-Led Weaning book by Gill Rapley. This book spoke on the many benefits of BLW including minimising fussiness. Growing up and even to this day I was your typical fussy eater! I hated my veggies. Being a fussy eater, I find is very restricting and often left me feeling anxious in social circles. I do not want this for CJ and as CJ has been exploring new foods I’ve also been trying to retrain myself. I want him to know how amazing Fruits and Veggies really can be!

How old was CJ when you started?

I started CJ at 6 months to the day! However, that doesn’t mean it would be the same for everyone. For me, CJ showed all the signs he was ready; He could support his own head, he would bring toys to his mouth and he had lost his tongue thrust. Before 6 months CJ was showing a lot of these signs, for me waiting also was about making sure his gut was mature enough to handle solids, this is said to happen from 6 months onwards and is a recommendation by The World Health Organization.

What has been the biggest positive of BLW?

The biggest positive was seeing what an independent little boy CJ has become. He is willing to try anything! He doesn’t always like everything he tries but he will continue to explore, taste and feel a variety of foods. To me this is the essence of why I do this!

What has been the biggest negative of BLW?

When I read this question aloud my husband instantly said the MESS! Yes, there is a lot of Mess to deal with at the beginning! But I promise it gets better 😊 the mess is all part of learning, and weather you do BLW or traditional weaning there is always going to be a component of MESS.

What has been the biggest positive of BLW?

The biggest positive was seeing what an independent little boy CJ has become. He is willing to try anything! He doesn’t always like everything he tries but he will continue to explore, taste and feel a variety of foods. To me this is the essence of why I do this!

Tell us your must-have tools to start the weaning journey

There are so many tools out there to help you with this journey and a lot of them developed or sold by some amazing Mums that have been through this experience themselves!

Here are my top 5:

  •  Mumma’s Little Helpers Food Catcher! This saved my carpet
  • Suction Plate!! We use EZPZ Mats. Trust me a suction plate comes in handy for when they start throwing!!
  • Sippy Cups. When bub starts solids, they should also be offered water! Our favourite one to use is by Nuby
  • Smock/Bib we actually use a combo here! The smocks from IKEA are so easy to machine wash and we have a crumb catcher bib from Mummas Little Helpers
  • Last but not least, our Grabease cutlery set. CJ is such a pro with scooping up yogurt and is now working on his fork skills! I stumbled across Grabease after seeing another insta account recommend them and have not looked back since!

The 'Stop The Munchies' story

What to know when starting baby-led-weaning

Sarina is a Sydney based Mum to 3 year old CJ and the Mummy behind @stopthemunchies. Stop the Munchies came about in the hopes of sharing Sarina and CJ’s BLW Journey. Sarina is passionate about educating parents on all things BLW. If Sarina isn’t cooking she’s usually thinking about what she’ll be cooking next!

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Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight Oats
Recipe

by Bourke St Baby

There is nothing better than getting up in the morning and knowing you’ve got breakfast sorted! No more ‘hangry’ baby,  hanging off your leg whilst you prepare a cooked brekkie. With this fab overnight oats recipe from our resident Baby-Led Weaning Blogger, Bourke St Baby, you will have a power-packed and most importantly, EASY start to the morning!

Please make sure you’ve tried your toddler on nuts before adding the almonds to this recipes. If you’re not sure how to do that, read our Introducing High Allergen Foods post for guidelines. 

baby friendly bircher muesli recipe

Ingredients

(Makes approx 8 serves)

5 cups Whole Rolled Oats

1/2 cup Medjool Dates (Roughly Chopped)

1/3 cup Chia Seeds

1/2 cup Almond Flakes

1/2 cup Sultanas

1/4 cup Dried Cranberries

Pre-Mix together all of the ingredients in a large pot or mixing bowl until well combined. Transfer into an airtight container for the pantry. Store until needed. 

 

 

 

Method

When ready to use;

Add 2 cups of your muesli mix to a mixing bowl.

Add 1 cup of Almond milk (or milk drink of your choice. You can also do 1/2 cup tinned coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk for a creamier version)

Add 1/2 cup of coconut yoghurt.

1 Apple (grated)

Mix together until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl so all the Chia seeds are in the mix. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.

Serve with your choice of fresh fruit and berries. Top with milk if desired.

This recipe is Dairy-Free but it is easily adaptable. 

Sub out the milk and yoghurt with your favourite dairy alternative to suit your family’s taste-buds!

Enjoy! xx

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Baby-Led Weaning… What’s it all about?

Bourke St Baby Baby-Led weaning

At the beginning, as a new Mum I wasn’t sure what weaning would bring. I was recommended a popular weaning book by a friend. So, I went online to order it. Whilst browsing I noticed a book called “Baby-Led Weaning”. ‘Interesting!’, I thought. So, I ordered it, out of curiosity.

In the meantime, I’d started on baby cereal and my son seemed ok with it but kept pushing the spoon out with his tongue which seemed counter-intuitive to me. I kept at it, thinking he just had to get used to it. Then my books arrived or so I thought. Actually only one arrived. The baby-led weaning book was delivered. I never did receive the original one I wanted….maybe it was fate?

As I read, it all made sense, now I understood why he kept pushing the spoon out. I was also sold on the practicality of the approach…no puree´s, EVER! So, I sold my Babychef and from that day on I was determined to try a baby-led approach and we never looked back!

 

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Baby-Led Weaning at 6 months to 8 months old

 

WHAT IS BABY-LED WEANING (BLW)?

Baby-Led weaning is the introduction of solids ‘by encouraging a baby’s confidence and independence by following her cues.’* At first she will sit with you at mealtimes, either on your lap or your partner’s lap, she will watch the way you eat and start to mimic this behaviour by reaching for your plate and then gradually your food. This is a sign of readiness for baby, also look for when she starts putting food in her mouth. Initially she won’t swallow much. Don’t get too concerned if she’s not ingesting a whole lot. As long as she is getting all her milk feeds, she is getting all her nutrients. In the early stages of BLW its more about developing baby’s chewing, dexterity and hand-eye coordination as well as further down the line helping with speech development.

As her hand-eye coordination develops, so too does her fine motor skills, which means introducing utensils. At first, load her spoon for her and leave it on the table or tray. You can also hand it to her but don’t spoon feed her as this will go over her gag reflex and increase the choking hazard. It will also hinder her natural chewing mechanism.

The reaching for food and bringing it to her mouth, are the first signs of readiness. Also make sure Bubs is sitting by herself and she has also reached her 6 month milestone. Once Bub has these four signs, then she is ready! Offer foods in french fry sized portions for easy handling from plate to mouth. It gets messy, I promise you, but it is hilarious to watch! There is nothing my son wouldn’t try. He even ate a wedge of lemon once and loved it!

What about Choking I hear you ask? 

What I find most fascinating about BLW is the unlikelihood of choking. Did you know a baby’s gag reflex is a lot further down the tongue than an adults? This means that the food has no way of getting too close to the back of the throat because the gag reflex will kick in and bubs will push the food back to the front of the mouth or at worst, vomit, which let’s face it, babies do all the time! My son is now 4 and he never once choked or vomited whilst he was weaning because he was in total control. To read about the difference between Gagging and Choking, click here.

I love everything about BLW and am enjoying the start of my daughter’s weaning adventures. So, watch this space as there will be a lot more posts to come on this topic.

Let the Bolognese fly!

xx

 

 

*Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett