BLW Journey: The First Month

So. Jannah is 7 months tomorrow. Which means she has been doing BLW for a month now. And let me tell you… she LOVES it!

For the first few weeks, she was more so just playing with food than actually eating. Which is OK, as on average babies start to actually eat around 8-10 months. However, in the past week, Jannah has actually been starting to eat more!

So far, some of her favorite foods are bbq chicken, cooked baby carrots, peanut butter toast, ice cream, and bagels.

As far as gagging goes, she has only gagged a few times. When she does start to gag, I calmly sit and watch. Once she’s worked it out I say, “Good job baby!”

Now that she is eating, she has become such a little chubby baby. She currently weighs 16.4 lbs. She’s starting to kill my arms when I hold her haha!

Below I will share some photos of her meals so you can get an idea of how foods should be cut for babies!

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Strawberry jam on toast, banana, string cheese, and plums.

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Bbq chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and brussel sprouts.

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Beans on rice.

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Spaghetti with mushrooms and shredded cheese.

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BLW Journey: The Preparation

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Hello! Welcome to my series on my journey of Baby Led Weaning with Jannah! We are a month into our journey now, as she will be 7 months in a few days!

I want to kick this documentation series off with the preparation I did and some basic information about Baby Led Weaning.

BLW (Baby Led Weaning) is feeding your baby regular table food from the start. No purées. The baby chooses food off the plate and eats on their own. The parent does NOT put anything in the baby’s mouth, but rather let’s the baby explore and discover how to eat themselves. Parents may pre-load a spoon or fork and set it on their plate or tray, but may not spoon feed the child.

BLW allows baby to learn how to maneuver food around their mouths and how to chew before swallowing. Traditional weaning (baby food) only teaches them to swallow. Before age 1, food is offered 30 minutes to 1 hour AFTER breastmilk or formula. BEFORE AGE 1, BREASTMILK OR FORMULA IS A CHILD’S MAIN SOURCE OF NUTRITION. BLW babies do not get separate foods during meal time. Instead, they participate in the family meals and eat what everyone else is eating. Here is a handy overview of BLW:

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Infographic is from Facebook group: Baby Led Weaning for Beginners

Now I would like to share what materials I’ve gotten so far to assist on our journey.

Luvable Friends 4 Piece Waterproof Bibs with Crumb Catcher, Flamingos. For BLW, bibs that you can just wipe clean are ESSENTIAL to saving your sanity.

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Image is from Amazon.com.

Nuby Baby Led Feeding 2 Pack Section Plates. Personally, I prefer and recommend the mats that have a plate built into it, so that way little one can’t just throw the plate, but these will do for now until I can get my hands on some.

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The First Years Inside Scoop Suction Sectioned Plate. Suction dishes are so much better as baby can’t just dump their plate all over the place. The detachable rim also helps littles to scoop food up on their own!

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Munchkin 6 Pack Soft-Tip Infant Spoons. These are more so designed for spoon feeding, but they were a gift. For BLW short utensils are better as they give baby more control. The mint set shown in the picture below was also a gift, but I don’t know the brand or anything (pretty sure they are just play silverware but hey.. it works haha).

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Nuby Yellow/Green Spoon and Fork- 4 Pack. These kind of utensils are much better for BLW, as the shorter handles give baby more control.

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Snack containers. Again, I don’t know the brand of these, but I love them! It makes taking snacks on the go much easier!

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Munchkin Snack Cathcher-Pink. I just love this thing. This is even better for taking snacks along. And it’s less messy!

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Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cups- 2 pack. These cups are so amazing! These help transition littles to regular cups easier than traditional sippy cups. Jannah hates bottles and anything of the sort. She loves drinking from my cup, so now she has her own!

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I am so excited to go through this journey with Jannah and to document it here! Stay tuned for update posts. Thursday I will do another post updating yall on how her first month of eating has gone!

5 Alternative Tummy Time Activities

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If your baby is anything like mine, they DESPISE tummy time. 5 month baby here still barely holding herself up because she refuses to (I’m sure she can though… she just hates it). I’m constantly researching and trying different ways to get Jannah to like tummy time. Here are the 5 ways that I’m finding to be successful:

  1. Lie baby on your chest. This one doesn’t last long for us, but she will lift her head a few times to look at me and smile. Try talking to your little one and encourage them when they lift their head to look at you.
  2. Use a receiving blanket. I roll up a receiving blanket, secure it with hair ties, and put it under Jannah’s chest. She keeps her head held up a lot more this way. I also put some toys in front of her to keep her occupied.
  3. Babywear. Babywearing counts as tummy time! So while you clean, go grocery shopping, do laundry, etc, wear your little one!
  4. Airplane. For this one, lie on your back and lift your legs in the air, keeping your shins parallel to the ground. Lie baby on your shins. Talk with play, gently swing or bounce baby, make airplane sounds… whatever works!
  5. Airplane #2. For this one, hold baby in the football position. Then move around the room making sounds, talking, or whatever you want!

I truly hope at least one of these helps you and baby to have more enjoyable tummy time!

Why Pregnancy Pranks Are NOT Okay!

 

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I’m sure many of y’all have or have thought about pulling this one. Wouldn’t it be so funny to see everyone’s reaction?? No. It wouldn’t. Let me explain why.

Firstly, if your significant other is really excited for kids and really wants a baby, that would be so cruel and mean to get their hopes up. It’s almost like getting a false pregnancy test yourself. You’d get so excited to see that positive mark, only to be in tears when you get your first ultrasound showing absolutely nothing. Honestly, I was going to pull this prank until I thought about how badly my hubby wanted a baby. It made me feel TERRIBLE for even thinking of doing it!

Secondly, there are SO many women out there who can’t physically have kids. Pulling such a prank is just distasteful and disrespectful to those women. Imagine not being able to conceive and scrolling through Facebook. Up pops a video of a woman pranking her family with a fake pregnancy. Suddenly you’re in tears because of the harsh reality of infertility and women making a mockery of such a beautiful part of life.

Thirdly, it honestly would just make the REAL moment not as amazing. They will have that bad taste in their mouth and be hesitant to believe you. Don’t ruin that moment for yourself! Don’t cause trust issues with your loved ones. Think of something more creative and FUN to prank them with!

So… put those binkies (that’s how I was going to do it) and pregnancy tests away for when you really need them. Don’t make a mockery of such a beautiful, miraculous event!

When They Grow…

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This post is a bit different than my usual…

My little Jannah is growing. She has just officially outgrown all of her newborn clothing. She is blowing raspberries. She giggles and babbles. She plays with toys…

At my baby shower, I received 2 of the same sleeper; one in newborn size and one in 0-3 months size. The newborn one was her coming home outfit. I just now put her into the     0-3 months one and compared a picture of now and then… then started to tear up.

Babies grow up so fast. She’s no longer my tiny, little newborn. She’s now a “proper” baby that you can interact with and she’s constantly learning new skills. In a blink of an eye, she will be of school age. In a blink of an eye, she will be driving a car. In a blink of an eye, she will be getting married (In shaa Allah [God willing]).

I’m sitting here reminiscing on the time I was pregnant with her. On the time I went into labor and gave birth to her. On the time she had to go to the NICU. On the time that I spent struggling to transition her from formula to breastfeeding… Time goes by way too fast.

The point of this post is to stop you for a second. Whether you are perfectly happy, stressed to your wits end, depressed, ticked off… take a second to appreciate how small your baby is in this moment. With each blink they grow up a little bit more. They will never be this tiny again. Appreciate these moments. Appreciate all of their firsts as they grow up. Live in the moment and be present… because these very moments become memories when they grow.