I’ve met a real mix of new mothers recently; those who feel pressure to do Baby Led Weaning and those who feel pressure to do Annabel Karmel style pureeing. There also seems to be new parents who do not agree and mother and father spend months arguing about which is the best method. But where is this pressure coming from? Why can’t we just follow our instincts and do what seems right for our families without being judged?
People seem to have very strong opinions on this topic and even strangers will not be afraid to let you know whether they agree or disagree with how you are feeding your baby. But at the end of the day all that is important is that your baby is being fed a variety of foods and that they are putting on a healthy weight.
Even though I have chosen to do Baby Led Weaning I will admit that we did try pureeing food for our little munchkin but it just was not for us. She kept grabbing foods from our plates and wanting to eat by herself so I followed her leads and mealtimes are now much more fun and relaxed. I get excited about giving her new foods and I let her try things from my plate. It’s an adventure but my husband and I decided together that this was what we wanted to do for our little girl. Because I have his support it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. The most important thing is that you and your husband are united.
Equally though I have friends who have done a mix of both, also those who started pureeing then introduced finger foods gradually, a friend who is completely following her Annabel Karmel meal plan guide and I don’t see what is wrong with any of these techniques. As mothers we should not worry about what everyone else is thinking, our child is the most important person in our life and at the end of the day if the child and we (the parents) are happy and comfortable with what we have decided to do then that is all that matters.
If you are having doubts and worries about feeding your child then sit down with your husband and agree together what is best for your family, don’t struggle to decide what others will think and try not to get upset, your baby will feel this tension and mealtimes will not be fun for anyone. You have to do what is right for you and your family.
If you think Baby Led Weaning is for you or you want to find out more then why not have a look at my website http://www.lowflyingbananas.co.uk/what-is-blw-.html
Good luck and remember to have fun and enjoy mealtimes.