“How can he chew with no teeth?” is the question I get the most when I suggest BLW to other mothers. Or when we’re talking about table food, I get “Well, I’m waiting for her to have teeth before we start.”
Here’s the thing though. Babies get their FRONT teeth first and don’t get molars until much closer to a year, if not later. When was the last time you chewed something up with your front teeth?
Now think about the last time your toothless baby clamped down on you. Even with no teeth, it probably hurt! Why? Because their little gums are insanely hard, much harder than you’d expect, and perfectly capable of chewing food.
I have to be honest, this is a pretty boring video, but I wanted to share it anyway. It’s a video of my son, who only has his two bottom teeth, eating veggie straws. If you haven’t had them, they’re like a cheeto-type consistency, definitely needing to be chewed and definitely what I would call “crunchy.” (In texture, not in hippy-dom, real hippies wouldn’t feed their kids processed foods! ) He’s perfectly capable of chewing them up and taking manageable bites.
You can see in the video that while he does bite off pieces with his teeth (mostly because they are there, he was also doing this pre-teeth), he moves the food to the side of his mouth to chew it up. You know, the side of his mouth where he has no teeth!