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Old 08-03-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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All the BLW peeps are gonna yell @ me...

... but at 4.5 months, ds is eating yogurt.

I was gonna do BLW. Finger foods all the way. Not into anything til after 6 months.

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Ds has been SO intensely watching dh and I eat, and trying to grab stuff off the plate... and Sunday we were @ my mother's. She was eating a bowl of yogurt and I was standing near her, holding ds and talking to her. Well, ds kept looking from her, to the bowl, to her, at the bowl, to her... expectantly. So much so that we got laughing.

Well, she went and put a little dollop in a bowl... and we offered hm some. No tongue thrusting it out of mouth, was opening mouth and leaning forward slightly for it, no refusal whatsoever. So last night I'm making dinner and he's watching me - and I got him some. He even tried to hold the spoon this time.

I've been EBFing, and plan to nurse past one year if possible. This isn't quite the baby led weaning I had in mind, but... it's basically *his* style of BLW, apparently!

I know some of you will say it's too early... I should start with something else... et cetera. I never thought this would be me. D'oh. And if he were showing signs that he's too immature for it (spitting it out, pushing forward w/ his tongue instead of swallowing/chewing motion), I would have stopped and not offered any more. But it seems to work for him, and one thing parentinlg is teaching me is that every baby is different and books can say all the things they want... :P

Anyway. Anyone else in this boat?

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Old 08-03-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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I woudl be hesitant about offering cows milk products at such a young age...
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:25 PM   #3
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I woudl be hesitant about offering cows milk products at such a young age...
Just keep an eye on it. What about mashed avocado and bananas? Similar texture.

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Re: All the BLW peeps are gonna yell @ me...

The only thing I'd say about it is that I'd be concerned about offering milk products. But I agree, based on your descriptions he sounds like he's ready for foods.
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My local farm market carries avocado, I think. I'll check into it.

I've heard about not offering dairy before 1 year, but that yogurt is acceptable because the ferentation changes the properties. Planning on trying to make our own yogurt @ some point, since we're a raw dairy family, but for now it's Stoneyfield.

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Re: All the BLW peeps are gonna yell @ me...

I would definitely recommend avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, lots of options...

Yes, I've heard yogurt is ok young, but 4.5 months is younger than I would offer it. Different strokes and all.

FWIW, I don't think your BLW friends would really say anything...part of BLW is letting the baby go at their own pace, seems like your LO is ready
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FWIW, I don't think your BLW friends would really say anything...part of BLW is letting the baby go at their own pace, seems like your LO is ready
I guess I was just thinking along the lines of how they recommend allowing them to gum/gnaw more "solid" items than puree consistency, to start with... but like you said.. he really seems to be taking the lead on this, hehe.

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When it comes to dairy, yogurt is a bit different IMO and according to my ped. I started out my lo with plain yogurt from health food store and some mashed banana. They loved it. Plain yogurt actually has good cultures in it which can help digest the food. Later on I would add a little organic brown rice cereal to thicken the consistency. No problem with it. But regular milk they could never handle.
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Re: All the BLW peeps are gonna yell @ me...

Yogurt has lots of great probiotics & is good for digestion. It's been cultured & isn't the same as regular milk. The very best you can get is home made from raw milk then organic from free-range cows. My DS is 4m today and I gave him yogurt a couple weeks ago. He was gestated almost 43 weeks, is hungry all the time & huge for his age! I only give him yogurt or egg yolks (soft boiled for 3.5 minutes) after he has just finished bf and is still hungry. Like yours, he is fascinated with our food! I wouldn't give him non-organic yogurt though, I worry about what the cows eat & residual toxins. And never any with sugar added.
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Wow Tooshie, our very progressive pedi would have had a FIT if we had given egg and milk products that age since both a very common allergens. I would really worry about soft boiled eggs not even being safe.

Probiotics can be given without cows milk as well. But I am one of those weirdo that believes cows milk is for baby cows.

Babies are interested in everything Mommy and Daddy have, it does not necessarily mean they are ready for it.

But to each his own. I have a baby book from 1901 and boiled scraped meat is recommend as a first food!

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