Baby Led Weaning

Growing healthy babies with healthy appetites


Aaah, that most capricious of fruits, with its three-minute period of perfect ripeness book-ended by weeks of rock hard-ness or headily perfumed squishiness. I can't be bothered with them, really.

I've given them to the baby a couple of times, and she thinks they are okay. I don't bother giving her chip-sized portions, i just slice the bum-cheek off one side and had it over. It is kinda messy but at least it's wet and clear so it's easy to wipe up.

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15 Responses to “Pear”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Baba really likes pear. But they are slippery little suckers! I cut bum cheeks off too but then half them. Then peel a bit of skin off at top and bottom leaving skin in middle for something to hold on to. They do have a very short 'eating period' but are delicious and sweet when ripe, so I don't mind sharing one with the Baba.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Weeble had pear today – his first solid food! I cut it into eighths and tried leaving some skin on the bottom of a bit, which he definitely found easier to hold, but then he tried to stuff that bit into his mouth and I panicked – a bit.
    All in all it went pretty well, though; we think he swallowed about 1/32nd of a small pear. He much prefered chucking it about, and was thoroughly disgusted that it didn't make a loud noise when slammed onto the tray of the high chair.
    Tomorrow – sweet potato! and carrot! and maybe mango (if Mummy doesn't eat it – LOVE mangoes!)

  3. Anonymous says:

    New to all this – have been reading up on BLW avidly as LittleE is rapidly approaching the 6 month mark. She has already tried sucking on apples/pears/bananas that we are eating so I guess she has already started the weaning process? Anyway planning to start it properly this week so my question is did you guys just offer one new food each meal time? Or is it ok to do a couple of things so she can try them out? Also, with foods that need to be steamed/ cooked eg carrots can you cook a whole load of carrots and then freeze them for later or did you find it easier to just do things on a day to day basis? Daft questions I know but am trying to work out the easiest and least labour intensive way of doing things!! Thanks
    PS Sorry I posted here, but couldn't work out how to start a new thread!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Alison, we started the baby led weaning process in the summer and I offered Boomer something to try when I was eating. So if we were having lunch out I gave her some bits of salad, or in the house we would often share a piece of fruit (much like you've been doing). I didn't intentionally offer only one thing at a time but generally it was just the one thing that was suitable for her i.e. if we were having meat and mange tout she would get a mange tout to wave about. She is now 11mths and a bit and generally eats what we eat. I personally found that it was easiest to just do things on a day to day basis athough it helps if you plan to have instant blw friendly things in the fridge and your cupboards i.e. rice cakes, bananas, carrots. By the way you will find that bananas become the overall super food as they are easy to eat , easy to stick in a bag and prett much a winner every time – although a real stainer!
    Don't worry if LittleE doesn't seem bothered about eating. I would say that Boomer has really only just begun to have an appetite – and she will be one soon – so the process does take a full 6mths.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey there,
    Am afraid that i can't figure out how to post a new thread either…..if i could it would be 'how soon is too soon?'!
    Bubs is now 18wks and started waking again during the night (great!) and i'm thinking of starting to do BLW with her from 20wks – did any of you out there start around that time? I'm just a bit worried about whether or not she'll have the co-ordination and ability to chew foods. Am not expecting her to be able to eat a full Xmas dinner, but half a carrot would be good!
    Any advice will be gratefully received,

  6. Anonymous says:

    soory – didn't mean to post as anonymous….as you're probably starting to gather, Dizzy is v appropriate!

  7. Anonymous says:

    As I understand BLW then 18 weeks is a little young to start. LittleE has never slept through the night so I didn't have that as a marker anyway, but she certainly breast fed more frequently around 16 – 18 weeks so maybe thats when babies have a growth spurt??
    We have taken the plunge this week and started BLW properly – she is 25 weeks. Anyway – she loves pear slices, and is v keen on rice cakes and hummus (I wasn't planning on hummus being one of her first foods, but my husband thought it would be funny to see what she thougth of it, and she loved it!!). She seems to know exactly what to do with food (ie chew it not choke on it) but I am not sure she would have done much earlier than this. Anyway good luck with it – and remember you are the expert on your baby!!
    Alison xx

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Alison – will review again in a couple more weeks i think…..her dexterity seems to be increasing each week which should help on the hand-mouth co-ordination (though judging on my efforts at step-class last night, i'm hoping that she doesn't follow after me on the co-ordination front!)
    Is good news about LittleE – sounds like she's gearing up for a full Xmas dinner!
    I'll keep you posted on how I get on,
    S x

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow – well within the space of a week, LittleE has enjoyed rice cakes with hummus, toast with hummus, apple, pear, banana, banana porridge, chips…….and she is quite proficient at using a spoon, which seems really amazing. I guess she is copying us as we try to eat together!! Her first attempt at porridge was interesting – she gave up with the spoon and put her face straight into the bowl and when she couldn't reach it, smeared it over the high chair tray with her hands then licked it off. Shes nothing if not resourceful!!
    We are enjoying this weaning lark so far, despite the fact that MIL is convinced she is liable to choke to death!!
    Will keep you posted…..

  10. Anonymous says:

    yes, well wedid debate starting over Xmas when parents are around but decided that it would probably be so stressful with the 'but isn't she going to choke…' comments that we'd rather sit back, have a few drinks and wait til we're home alone.
    You're going to have to post a pic of LittleE with a faceful of porridge…..

  11. Anonymous says:

    Not sure how to post a picture here. Do you know how??

  12. Anonymous says:

    You can't post pics, only Aitch and Morv can (cos it's their blog!) But if you email Aitch through her profile (just click on her highlighted name in one of her posts) she normally puts them up. I think she's a bit swamped at the mo, though… apparently it;s Christmas or something?!

  13. Anonymous says:

    i wish it was only christmas that i had to worry about, Bunny. it's been work, unfortunately…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Why can I only reply to some posts?!
    Didn't mean to imply that you weren't busy, Aitch, it's just I'm struggling to cope just with Chrimbo and I don't even work anymore! ;-) Recovering from lunch with my old work colleagues yesterday, ugh I am a lightweight…
    Anyway, pleased you are back, we've been chatting amongst ourselves ;-)

  15. Anonymous says:

    yeah, me too… that's weird.
    i didn't think that you were implying anything norty, Bunny. i was just seizing the opportunity to have a moan…

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