Monday 17 January 2011: Spoon-feeding: you're doing it wrong!
So Claudia has decided that she wants her own cutlery. Actually she wants our cutlery but since I didn't fancy negotiating my way to RIPAS in the dark to have her eyeball replaced I figured some brightly-coloured plastic would suffice.
The thing is, she won't put the cutlery down to eat. A problem? Not for Monkey Brains! We sit there chuckling to ourselves thinking "she'll never manage to pick that with her hands full" but she does. Every time.
It's times like these that make me so pleased we chose the baby-led weaning route instead of the whole "Battle of the Purees" routine that so many mothers have to suffer through. Mealtimes for us are, and always have been, so much fun. Messy for sure, but that's half the fun, surely? And it's nothing a cheapo shower curtain on the floor and a cloth won't solve so where's the harm in a little mess?
I love it. I can't believe I discovered a way to teach my daughter to feed myself that was so simple and easy. I was honestly dreading "the weaning process" as all I'd heard were horror stories about trying to trick kids into getting enough veg etc. BLW meant that she chose her own food and she nearly always chose vegetables! She went through a brief "chicken or bust" stage but it was nearly always nice, iron-rich vegetables.
Once again, mother nature got it spot on.