Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Purees vs Baby Led Weaning

Before the girls were here I was convinced I wanted to do BLW. I loved the idea and had read the book to fully understand how it worked. 

Then around 5 months we had all the weight gain issues with Lucy and I felt pressure from the GI doctor and our pediatrician to feed them purees with rice cereal. 

So, we started purees. At first Lucy wouldn't even open her mouth for the spoon and didn't enjoy it at all. Then she started to get into it. 

We had a few months where both girls are purees relatively well. It was always a challenge to get Lucy to open her mouth and take more than a little bit, but I felt like I had to get additional calories into her. During these months her nursing fluctuated between horrible and okay. We'd have occasional great feedings, but it wasn't the norm. Also, both girls became horribly constipated. 

About 2 weeks ago Lucy learned how to spit her food. Things quickly turned into  her spitting all of her food right back at us. It was frustrating to say the least. 

So, we decided to step back from the purees and introduce more solid foods and allow her to finger feed. Well, she's thrilled. She has been doing so well and has devoured halibut, BBQ chicken, black beans, fruit, puffs, noodles, veggies, crackers, etc. it's so nice to see her so happy and the nursing has been going great. 

Clara, on the other hand, isn't thrilled about BLW. She still wants to be fed by me but wants the whole foods. 

I'm still occasionally trying to spoon feed them. They'll both willingly eat yogurt but I'm really trying not to force the issue. It's so interesting how each child is so different regardless of parenting. It makes  you realize there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to parenting, just what works for each individual child. 


  1. I couldn't agree more with the last two sentences of your post. Having fraternal twins is like having your in-house "nature vs. nurture" experiment, isn't it? They just have their own personalities from day one, despite very similar environment and parenting.

  2. I was in the same boat and wanted to do BLW, but because they were preemies our pediatrician really advised against it. So we started with purees. It was slow going, but they got the hang of it. Now we have started to introduce finger foods and it's slow going yet again. They finally figured out how to put the food in their mouth but I think they end up getting more on their face and the floor than in their bellies. I don't think they are sold on the solid food thing yet. Glad to hear it's been going so well for you guys now.