We are doing BLW with our 8.5 month old, started around 6.5 months. We give her just about everything we eat
Think of things that are in a finger shape. So toast/sandwhich soldiers, vege sticks, french toast, pasta, cheese. Leave skins on things, you will find bub will suck the flesh off it. You can even give strips of meat and baby will get nutrients through sucking the fat and juices out of it. As you start to see evidence of baby chewing, showing more interest and greater motor control you can make the pieces different shapes, smaller or try more challenging foods to chew. For lunch today, I gave DD a toasted pita bread pocket with tomato, mushroom and cheese, she loved it!
The thing with BLW is that because we are told to do purees, many parents fear choking. Babies have an excellent gag reflex that prevents them choking and gives them a second chance at chewing and digesting foods. Always stay with your bub when giving him food and make sure he is sitting upright. If he swallows a whole chunk, don't interfere let the natural gag reflex take over. When you try to assist (back patting etc) that is when a full choke is more likely to occur. Of course, if baby is actually choking you need to intervene but in my experience, DD has swallowed huge chunks of things and has gone a bit red bringing stuff back up but is always ok and very unphased by the whole event.
Also, something we struggled with was obsessing about if she is actually eating enough. At first, it was questionable if anything ended up in her tummy at all! Even now, there are nights when dinner is more of a finger painting exercise than a meal. When you spoon feed it is easy to see how much they have eaten, but up until the age of about 2 kids are very good at self regulating their dietary intake and up to the age of 12 months milk is the MOST important part of their diet. So what I am trying to say is relax about how much he is actually eating... he will not starve! We chose to still spoon feed rice cereal in the morning for the iron but other than that everything that has gone in DD belly she has put there.
For us it has made meal time a lot less stressful and very enjoyable. It has made our daughter more 'portable' because when we go out for meals we just give her food off our plate or order her a bowl of steamed veges, so no fussing over making purees and finding somewhere to store or heat them!
Hope this helps smile
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