I was baked to motherly perfection

Don’t you go poking your finger in me

The little monster looks at me with glee

Crash it! Smash it! Crunch it! Punch it!

Why not catapult it?

 

I lay strewn all over the ground

A little bit of me in your hair

A little bit of me on your shirt

A little bit of me in unknown places

But surely, not in your mouth!

 

My son is not one that you would call a fussy eater. But when we started solids I feel like we went about it in a really bad way. Force-feeding, distractions, a lot of crying and cajoling: we have done it all. I would really love to try baby-led weaning with my second one.

Question for the day:  Does Baby-Led Weaning work or are we doomed to forever begging/forcing our babies to eat? 

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  • June 19, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    I am probably the wrong one to comment on this 🙂
    But from my limited knowledge, baby led weaning works as long as the child is willing to slowly wean away. You do have the situation where the child can be stubborn and refuse to accept change, even if slow.

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  • June 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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    Great piece of writing. For me, its baby-led weaning. And hope this only makes mom relaxed.

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  • June 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm
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    Hahaha, I understand your dilemma Namrata. No easy feat feeding toddlers. I thought my life would end simply running around in circles chasing my kids to eat….but trust me, eventually the fussiest eaters too outgrow those tantrums. Best way would be is serve food on demand, allowing natural hunger to take over tantrums but being the indulgent mommies we are, it’s easier said than done. Loved your poem 🙂

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    • June 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm
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      I agree with Kala. It’s best to serve food when the child is hungry. Children are not naturally inclined to starve themselves, so they do come around. Force feeding will make the matters worse for you as well as the child.
      Your poem created a vivid imagery!!

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      • June 20, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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        Yes Shilpa. Force feeding leads to a lot of problems, but then for awhile I did not know how to get out of it either.

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  • June 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm
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    Not sure of how effective baby led weaning is. We for sure as moms can never have enough of getting them to eat just one morsel more 😊

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  • June 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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    I would say they will outgrow of this phase. I dont know about baby led weaning but my fussy eater now eating properly atleast he eats what he likes..

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  • June 20, 2017 at 11:14 am
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    I had no idea about what ‘baby led weaning’ meant when I was in that phase. And like you with your first one, I did everything – forcing, threatening, distractions. He was stubborn and wouldn’t even open his mouth. All this only resulting in my son’s increasing repulsion against food. Thankfully, at 6 years I can tell you both of us are in a relaxed phase when it comes to food.

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  • June 20, 2017 at 11:32 am
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    Though my baby doesn’t eat on his own, he pretty much eats well, most days..somedays he eats only one or 2 bites and I don’t force. I don’t distract or force feed. He hates to drink water. He just drinks a couple of spoons. I don’t force it as well. It took me 4 months to figure out that he likes warm water. Now he drinks few more spoons 😊

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  • June 20, 2017 at 11:37 am
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    I love the imagery that comes to my mind while reading the poetry- no clue to your question though!!!

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  • June 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    No answer to your question as I am not a mother yet but I think Baby-Led Weaning should work better

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  • June 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    Nice one! Feed them when they ask for it. Yes been there done it with my second one. Was an ordeal, but I survived. So will you. Meanwhile hang in there, baby would soon grow into a child who will insist on eating himself/ herself.

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    • June 20, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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      Thanks:) My first one is out of the phase now, so yeah I am hopeful.

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  • June 21, 2017 at 8:56 am
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    What a cute story though I understand your agony at having pie all over the floor. To answer your question baby led weaning works very well. My 2 year old grand daughter uses both a spoon and a fork ( separately of course) and also can eat with her hands. All that it requires is patience to clean up the mess when they are done. So do let baby eat on his own.

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    • June 21, 2017 at 9:59 am
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      I have a couple of friends who have been through similar experiences, though I guess it takes some amount of strength to keep our hands off and let them do it.. Going to definitely give it a shot though:)

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  • June 21, 2017 at 11:47 am
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    I guess we’ve all done that distracting/force-feeding thing. But the best thing would be to wait for the child to be hungry and ask for food, I guess?

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  • June 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    Oh I believe we’ve all been through this. I personally had this distraction thing down to a science, though trust me, waiting for them to be actually hungry is the best alternative, unless your kid is like mine, and decides to only survive on water & air, then by all means, go ahead & distract and force-feed. 🙂

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    • June 23, 2017 at 8:00 am
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      Haha.. A lot of mothers I know claim their kids can survive on water & air! or just air and play:)

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