Baby Led Weaning

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I've just been looking at the Photos folder

I do it quite often, actually. Since becoming a parent myself I've found that my tolerance for cooing over other people's babies has risen considerably. (And it's a good way of keeping Babybear occupied – she finds babies fascinating and appears entirely unaware that she is one herself.)

Anyway, one thought just struck me but I'm unsure how to express it without causing offence. Here goes.

None of them exactly look like they're starving, do they?

I mean, it's the biggest worry about doing this BLW thing, isn't it? That they aren't going to get enough, that somehow we are depriving them if we don't spoon the food into their mouths. And yet one look at the photos on this blog confirm that simply isn't the case. It has made me giggle a bit, actually.

For the record, anyone who wants to put a photo up is welcome to send them to my email (press my name and you'll find it) and I'll stick them on for you with pleasure. More strange creatures for Babybear to stare at…

(Weird, I've also just noticed that some of our photos of the early months have dropped off… wonder if the folder has become too big? Will investigate further.)

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17 Responses to “I've just been looking at the Photos folder”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes I have had several comments about Boomer -looking well, quite chubby. In fact her father commented that she is getting quite rounded – must remember to brief him on choice of words in years to come.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ha, love it, so what you are politely saying is that they are a bunch of chubsters!!! ;-)
    Weeble is certainly rounded of cheek (but then so am I :-) and he looks like a proper baby, as far as I am concerned. I think they all look rather scrumptious. Not to play favourites, but I am currently loving Dizziebaby and her peach – Weeble is very taken with her.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great minds, Morv…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Babybear and I have a particular fondness for the delicious Little Wriggler and that lapful of corn.
    You know I mean no offence whatsoever, babies need to have a covering of fat to see them through their growth spurts… but I really do think that the Photos section provides an excellent defence against the grannies and HVs (and dads) who worry that they aren't getting enough nutritionally-speaking.

  5. Anonymous says:

    awww thank you! i am dizziebaby's mummy. i have oodles of fab pictures of my little chubster but don't want to bombard aitch with them…maybe just a couple…
    it's great seeing so many babies having real fun with their food.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It is very sweet how happy they all look, and how intent on cramming food into their little chops. When I remember my first few weeks of puree hell…well, I wouldn't be posting any photos that's for sure.

  7. Anonymous says:

    well that was a towering fanny-about. seems like the software only lets you have a certain amount of photos per album. nice of it to tell me, though…
    anyway, we now have two albums. one is called Early BLW and mostly features Babybear and Boomer at the beginning. it's a bit of a muddle to be honest…

  8. Anonymous says:

    At Angel's 9m check, the HV told me the reason she is still waking for feeds in the night is probably that she isn't getting enough calories. She's just over average weight on the chart, but over the 90th centile for height. And worse, I shouldn't let her carry on feeding in the night, as from about 10m it's habit-forming! Until now I was of the opinion that if it didn't bother me it was fine – and it doesn't – but that woman has begun to crumble my 'Follow your instincts' armour.
    Apparently I should be sneaking butter and cheese into everything she eats.
    lard sandwich, anyone??

  9. Anonymous says:

    can't help with the centiles bit… but all i would say is 'were you worried before you went in?'
    if the Rapley research is to be believed then we are forced to conclude that Angelcake is eating what she needs to grow into Angelcake, rather than some tubby chart-led baby but i can see why she has got you doubting yourself and more importantly, Angelcake. dunno what to say other than 'follow your instincts', really.
    i am, having said that, rather liberal with the calorie-dense butter, cream and cheese – to the extent that i am more worried about how i am going to wean myself off it. and i'm definitely past 10months… these things are habit-forming.
    PS babybear still gets a dream feed. if not, she is in the habit of waking up at 6, which i am not in love with.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Euey is 8 months now and Ive got no intentions of dropping his dreamfeed I dont care what HV's say it means I can relax about him “only playing” with food during the day but still know he's not going hungry.
    I'd avoid getting Euey weighed altogether but I took his older brother at least once a month sometimes more up till he was 1 and his red book is all filled in so now I have to do the same for Euey so he doesnt get upset when he's older and his books not filled out!!!
    My strategy when dealing with most HV's is to nod smile and then go my own sweet way!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi aitch,
    I'm a fan of baby-led weaning and your blog so much so I've linked it from my site.
    Keep up the good work!
    Mellow from MN

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thell, ignore her, its not her daughter!
    Munch is 10 months and still has night feeds, but as fas as the HV is concerned I stopped that when she 'advised' it at 8 months. She is also on the 98th for height and 30th for weight and I was told to give her higher fat foods and I just nodded along and agreed and then ignored it. My DD is perfectly alert and healthy, and given a choice I wouldnt take her in but they make you have them weighed before giving injections so I dont have a choice!

  13. Anonymous says:

    cheers, mellow. i don't really understand all the linking stuff, i'm quite new to this. what's the protocol?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hi. I've got a lovely chubby boy who has been breastfed from birth and is now just starting on the weaning. Looking at your photos I haven't laughed this hard for ages! Looking at what we are letting ourselves in for I can't wait! They all look so happy and contented with the food away with the mashing and pureeing I'm a BLW convert!! Thanks ladies!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    you're most welcome! see you on the forum.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Let me tell you that the pictures are great, I think that tolerance is not needed to feed a baby all you need is love and learn to enjoy the beautiful moments that life gives us

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