Thursday, 15 April 2010
The advantages of this method:
(1) Far less work in preparation - in fact no extra preparation at all - baby just eats whatever you're eating. We have been taking some small precautions in preparing our own meals - no salt added during meal preparation (we just add it at the table) and no egg white in the meals until now.
(3) You are respecting your child as a separate human being who can feed him or herself at his or her own pace rather than treating your child as an oriface into which you shovel food. A lot of children have food issues later precisely because they resent "being fed".
(4) Your child gets used to being an automous earlier on - with hands mind you, not utensils (at least not yet for the Bambino).
And, contrary to what the Gill Rapley says in her book on Baby-Led Weaning, this method does not necessarily make for a less picky eater in terms of taste preferences. The Bambino will not eat plain vegetables. He doesn't have a texture issue with them - he won't touch them if they're puréed either!. He just doesn't like the taste. But then, neither do I. If I am honest, most vegetables have to be sautéed in lots of butter (or olive oil) and garlic, salted, and / or covered in a lovely sauce and mixed with noodles or rice or potatoes for me to eat them. The Bambino seems to take after his mom in this regard (but I do try to avoid putting salt in his food).
Here on Gill Rapley's Baby-Led Weaning guidelines if you're interested.