Have You Discovered Your Elimination Communication Confidence?

Elimination Communication and the Baby Led Solids Approach…

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How practicing Elimination Communication Supported this Baby Led Solids Approach

– As soon as anything effected the other end, I cut it out, this meant I wanted to keep it all soft out the other end so that he didn’t have to strain – so the baby-led eating managed that, as he would get bored of eating / have had enough after a really short time, and this seemed to correlate to what his system needed. We’d say he ate like a fish – whatever he could eat in 5 minutes, as that is what he seemed to do! As soon as he started playing with it, that was the end of his meal – he’d had enough. Of course, one of the benefits we get with EC is the immediate feedback if something doesn’t agree with their system yet – there will be a pretty quick ‘elimination’ response if his system wasn’t ready for it.

– I’ve noticed that as I tend to give him the same foods for a few days, this helps him adjust – when we are having odd foods and lots of foods, he’ll have more accidents, if similar, better signalling and continence. As his system hs matured, he has eaten more variety. It is interesting to note that certain digestive enzymes are not produced in their systems until around eighteen – twenty four months, and it was around eighteen months that he became fully independent for poos (before then I would hold him over a toilet), and also, what he was eating no longer made much difference to his timing. Basically it became like regular stuff about then. (and goodness I’m glad I don’t have to wipe it off his body.)

Some Books and Related Baby Led Weaning Resources:

Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods – and Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater

The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat Solid Foods – and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food

Weaning Made Easy: All you Need to Know About Traditional Feeding and Baby-Led Weaning – get the Best of Both Worlds

A Simple Reference Guide to Baby-led Weaning

Nourished Baby

My Child Won’t Eat!: How to Enjoy Mealtimes Without Worry

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Baby-Led Solids: an Exercise in TRUST

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Baby led solids – the easy way to introduce solids at the perfect pace for your individual baby’s needs!

Baby Led Solids is an Exercise in TRUSTbaby-led introducing solids.

Baby led solids is basically an ongoing exercise in trust. It involves a shift in approach- from being the person ‘managing’ the baby’s eating, to one of trusting the baby’s instincts about what they eat, when and how much. Considering the burgeoning levels of obesity, any way we can support baby’s natural appetite awareness, starting by breastfeeding to the baby’s needs (feeding to cue), seems the logical way to go. Mother nature has provided a pretty good system.

Following a baby-led approach turns out to be reassuring, a personal challenge and enlightening all at once. I have at times basically had to force myself to accept Maven’s natural awareness of his appetite, and this has reinforced to me the importance, and safety net, of sustained breastfeeding. As he gains so much of his nutritional needs from breast milk, he needs to only ‘top up’ his diet with his whimsical toddler eating patterns. Most reassuring really, not having to feel I should be coaxing him to eat all day. Instead, all that is needed is to offer a wide range of options over the week.

Baby-Led Solids: What is it?

Baby led introduction to solids has only slight differences – but gee they made logical sense to me, so we decided to go that way, and have been really happy with how it is going.

The basic difference is minimal spoon feeding – which is something that often happens anyway as toddlers decide to feed themselves.

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