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I like to say "round" instead of stage or trial, since we're in this for the long baby led weaning fight. We'll be patient and we'll be diligent in our efforts. I say "we" but it is really like a boxing match- it all depends on the other person (in this case: Bambina). Even though I'm being a rebel by skipping all the purees and cereals, I am taking the usual 3-4 days in between introducing new foods in case there are any funky allergic-like reactions.
Sillyboy, as an infant, started having slight unhappy stomach issues when he had apples, but it was actually applesauce (we even tried sugar free) that did it. We didn't offer anything apple related and slowly figured out it was the sauce vs. whole apple slices. Luckily he grew out of it and has both apples and applesauce often without any tummy troubles or allergies.
First BLW food: sweet potato spears (sauteed)
Second BLW food: bananas (raw, peel on- sliced like so, below). See, you need to leave on the peel so baby has a handle or a grip to hold the mushy food. She did hold the banana, take a little chip off- but then she was done. I won't say it was a #fail but after two days I decided to try something different in flavor and color. We'll come back to my beloved banana soon though.
Third BLW food: avocado spears (peel on).
Yes, absolutely with the peel on. Those U.K. moms are so clever. At first I was skeptical, so I sliced spear-shapes sans peel. They lasted about 2 seconds as Bambina pummeled them into mush with her mighty baby strength. I say pummel because I think she knew it looked squishy and was testing it out and decided to have a bit of messy fun. Then I realized the error of my ways and gave her 3 or 4 slices with the peel ON. And that's when I like to say Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Because that's what we do around here, and I am not exactly sure what it means except you have to say it loudly when something goes your way and is awesome sauce.
Bambina went to town and knew immediately what to do with the peel-on slices. She didn't even give the non-peel slices a second look. She concentrated on picking up a piece- first with her left then with her right hand, and stuck it directly in her mouth and started gumming it. I may or may not have cheered before quieting down to finish my meal and not make Bambina feel awkward at all. The rest of the fam had sliced avocado in our salad, to be sure that she is really having something we're having as part of our meal .
She ate and she smeared some and went right back to picking pieces up and eating some more. It was a glorious she's-never-done-this-before day! Bambina did so well (and must have enjoyed the avocado a ton), she didn't have many stray pieces or hidden crevices full of mushy greenness.
There you have it, round 2.5ish for the poor banana attempts, and a real round 2 for the avocado goodness. We will carry on and give a few more rounds to different options- more colors and definitely up the texture and flavor variety. With BLW, there isn't a real timeline of what you should try when, except for fruits and veggies, then meats and grains. Bambina seems to be up for it. Carry on.