Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning. I’ve heard that term a hundred time since I was pregnant. Now that the princess is starting on solids, I’ve finally looked into the topic.

See, here in a America, we interpret the word weaning as taking a child off of breastmilk, but baby led weaning is an English term. In their sense, baby led weaning means introducing foods to a baby with their lead. Breastmilk or formula still provides the child’s nutrition for the first year of their life.

A Google search will give you plenty of information.

A Google search will give you plenty of information.

As I looked more and more into the concept, I came across picture after picture of babies grasping carrot spears, gnawing broccoli florets, clutching chicken fingers… It was enough to give me a heart attack. I’m already a typical paranoid first-time mom. I see everything as a danger, so the first thought that popped into my head was, “That baby is going to choke!” Well, obviously I’m not alone in my choking fear. Article after article described how a child is going to gag, it looks that they are choking, but choking and gagging are two different things.

A baby’s gag reflex is located higher up in the mouth to help prevent a child from choking (however, it can still happen). As a child gets older, the gag reflex moves down the throat. The location of the gag reflex is what causes a child to gag while they are learning to maneuver food around their mouth. Usually, when a baby is just gagging, there is noise being made, maybe even coughing. I came across a YouTube video that shows what a gagging episode would look like. Warning, it still looks pretty terrifying.

In instances like this I would have to remember not to grab the baby and start slapping her back. Doing that could actually make her choke.

None of this information made me feel any less paranoid, but it did make me a little interested in the concept.

Is this something the Princess should try? I mean, eventually, she is going to have to eat real food anyways? Don’t get me wrong, she loves her baby food.

Kylie loves her prunes!

“More prunes, please!”

I’m not saying I’m going to try it tomorrow, but I’m definitely thinking about eventually giving it a shot. I’m sure you will hear plenty about our endeavor.

So, all you mommas (and daddys, grandmas, grandpas…) out there, what are your thoughts on baby led weaning?


Brag… For Free!

I know things are a little bare bones around here, and that’s OK. It’s only the second day of the new year, so bare with me. 🙂

I wasn’t going to share any posts with anyone just yet, but then I came across this great deal and I had to share it! Who doesn’t like to show off pictures of their adorable child! How about a custom brag book? For free!

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Walgreens Photo is offering up a special deal on their custom photo books. Right now, you can get a 4×6 book (reg. $6.99) for FREE. Just use coupon code SMALLBOOK. There is shipping, BUT there is a coupon code for free shipping too! Enter code SHIPIT2ME for free regular shipping.

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You can create a custom book with the background of your choosing. (I used Disney Princesses, duh.) You can also use up to 22 pictures. I  just connected my Walgreens photo uploader to Instagram and used a bunch of cute pics I had Instagrammed. (Think Halloween, Christmas…)

This offer is only good until Jan. 4, so don’t wait around!

Just wanted to pass on this great deal to all my parent friends (or anyone with some pictures to share). Enjoy. And stick around, I promise to make it much prettier around here!