One morning, around 9 months of age, Baby V sat kicking her chubby little feet as she happily munched on her breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and strawberries. This is a breakfast she had eaten many times before. Shortly after eating, mama cleaned her up and brought her back to the living room to play, like usual. But unlike the usual, Baby V started getting upset. Her cheeks and forehead began to break out in a red, itchy rash. We had had our first encounter with food allergies.
When we began the journey of starting solids with our baby, I had ideas in my mind of what it would look like. We’d received a baby blender as a shower gift, and I knew I wanted to make my own food as much as possible, blitzing up all kinds of crazy concoctions of colourful pureed veggies and fruits, protein-rich pureed meats, hearty oatmeal and cereals. I knew a bit about baby led weaning (BLW) and was intrigued, but not really sure what it was all about. I also had read that Health Canada was recommending a texture-varied diet for infants, so I knew I wanted to incorporate some finger foods into my baby’s life from the get go.
Baby V led me the rest of the way. Continue reading “Why we chose baby led weaning”