|eating grass fed butter|
You start them off by trying chunks of your food, instead of purees, letting them get a feel for new texture.
It is wrong to force foods into your child's mouth. As a baby that could lead to choking. As a toddler, its forcing them to eat when they just aren't hungry. And it's good to let them try what you are eating.
The idea is that if you are eating quality, healthy foods, they should end up choosing healthful foods in the right amount.
|frozen blueberries from a local farm|
Then we started eating paleo, off and on for the last year. (Off during parts of pregnancy and really back on now that I've had my baby.) There are some things I've noticed. If we don't eat any grains or sugar at home, like any, like none at all, I mean none, even including family nights eating out for lunch or dinner, then my son doesn't want them at all. The only thing we have around is dark chocolate- 72% cocoa or higher or very minimal raw honey.
|Snack/Lunch- raw milk cheese, banana slices, grass fed ground beef with zucchini.|
When we just stopped having bread in the house, he asked for it every day. He would ask, we'd say we didn't have it because we didn't think it was good for us. Once that subsided after about a week, he stopped asking.
Now we have none of that in our house. It's not even an option. I don't worry when he eats something not typical for breakfast or nothing at all. Granted we are still breastfeeding, but his body knows if he's hungry or not. It's just like how I feel some days, hungry at some meals, not hungry at other meals. I've noticed that he really only likes two meals, and one snack.
|strawberry from the garden|
I think baby led weaning is great, with the right foods. I just don't think it worked very well when we ate grains and sugar. My son's little body couldn't decipher between cravings and needs. The same is true for me. The less sugar and grains I eat, the less cravings I get.
My daughter will be starting solids in two months and I'm still planning on doing Baby led weaning with her. The idea behind it is great. But, I'm really going to make sure she's got the right choices in front of her.