One of the best perks to baby-led weaning is being able to easily feed Sebastian on the go. He is getting to an age where we do tote around some snacks as he is hungry often, but when we stop for a meal he gets to share in the experience and just have what we’re having.
Babies are notoriously fussy when hungry and sometimes Sebastian does get mad waiting for an order, or waiting for hot food to cool down. In that case, packaged snacks are a fun and easy appetizer. Puffs and squeeze pouches of pureed fruit and veggies are our go-to snacks and I consider these BLW because Sebastian still feeds himself. They are also not typical gross baby food – The squeeze pouches are really good and I frequently find myself popping puffs into my own mouth.
Last week Sebastian and I ate out at one of our favorite places. I ordered an entree and we ate outside. Zeb snacked on some puree and puffs until the chicken arrived.
Chicken is probably the most controversial food that Sebastian enjoys. He had some this week from the same restaurant and my mother, who is normally very on board with BLW, was visibly nervous. At first it was a scary food for me too but he has never had a problem with it and it is clearly one of his favorites. He sucks on it and uses his hands to pull it against his front teeth to shred it, and he ingests a lot. Last time we were out a woman at another table flat out stared at us and watched him eat it, looking disapproving or maybe just disbelieving. Either way it was rude. But for every obnoxious fellow patron there is a good experience. We are complimented a lot, with my son being referred to as a “good baby.” Really he is simply chill because with BLW his needs are met and then some. Most babies I see screaming in public are doing so because they want something that others are enjoying without them.
Waffles are a big hit with Sebastian, and we enjoyed some last Saturday at the farmers market, complete with whipped cream and strawberries. He and I routinely share a plate of food, although it is sometimes a battle for me to get my half down before he devours it. He is very much a carb lover and into bread of any kind. At the markets so far this summer I have seen another family or two give whole foods to their babies, although not quite the way we do. Whenever I see a child under 2 eating, I’ll admit that I crane my neck to see what is going in their mouth.
As you can see, my 8 month old is starting to look a lot like a toddler so I doubt I’ll be dealing with people’s looks for too much longer.
What are your babies eating this summer? What are the reactions when your babies eat in public?