Robin has always loved her food but her appetite just wasn’t the same these past three weeks. I don’t blame her. What with the virus, the chest infection, antibiotics and all the other medicines she was forced to take, even I would have gone off food. Yesterday was the first day she showed her normal enthusiasm for her meals, crying for more every time we reached the bottom of her bowl. She is now having breakfast, lunch and dinner and has milk in between, plus at bedtime and once during the night so I thought I’d add a mid-morning snack.
I first read about baby led weaning on Clare’s blog and followed with fascination (and admiration) her daughter Emily’s progress as she discovered new foods in all their lumpy glory. No mashed or pureed food here but big chunks of vegetables, fruit, meat or pasta like an older child would eat. If I have to be completely honest, the fear of choking is so deeply ingrained in me that the whole idea scares me senseless but yesterday I decided to go against my judgement and give Robin some finger food.
I gave her a piece of banana, which might not have been the wisest choice given the fact that it’s as slippery as an eel. She was intrigued, grabbed it and put it straight in her mouth. Her facial expressions were priceless. There was the wide-eyed is this really happening look, the look of disgust when she felt a piece of banana in her mouth and the gagging, in that order. She got very frustrated with the pieces I gave her because they kept slipping out of her hand and her highchair and apron were completely covered in pieces of banana after a few minutes but I was encouraged by her enthusiasm.
So I’m reading up and watching videos of babies feeding themselves, hoping to get more comfortable with the idea. I will be posting her progress here.
I must say, Emily made it look so easy!