Very good effort on some steamed broccoli and courgette fingers on Saturday evening. And evidence of both in the nappy the following morning!
Daniel also tried a whole pear for breakfast on Sunday (skin peeled off one half, to give him a ‘way in’), which went pretty well. I set him up at his little footstool table again, propped up with cushions, and his technique was to rest the pear on the table and nosedive towards it for a good suck. This was a (relatively) tidy approach as well! I think it was about 50/50 between what went onto the floor and what went down his throat!
A slight surprise was that at 10.30pm on Sunday night, he did a bit of a burp after his bedtime bottle, and a little bit of pear peel came out with the milk. I don’t know if it had come right up from his tummy or if it’d been hanging around somewhere in his mouth all day! He was very smiley immediately afterwards though, so he didn’t seem traumatised by it – perhaps he was glad to have it out from wherever it’d been hiding!
I hadn’t prepared anything for Daniel at tea time on Sunday as he was snoozing when we sat down to eat, but he woke up half way through so I sat him on my lap and tried to breast feed him while we ate. However, he was really fussing and not staying latched on. Although he is more easily distracted these days, this amount of coming on and off and not really feeding at all was very unusual and a bit unsettling. So I offered him a banana instead, and he had a play with this, but didn’t get very far at all with it – still too squishy. Daniel has a very strong grip and I think he’ll need to learn about holding things more gently before he can manage very soft foods, so I’ve decided I’ll stop ‘wasting’ bananas on him for the time being.
I tried breastfeeding at the table again after he’d finished with the banana and he was still fussing around, so I moved into the living room where there was less distraction. He did get on with it a bit better after that, but I still felt something a bit strange was going on. He had hardly slept all day, so maybe he was just overtired. And he drank his bottle fine at bedtime. But I’ll be keeping an eye on this – I’ve learned from the BLW forum that the interaction of starting solids and consequent changes to the baby’s pattern of breastfeeding can be another challenging part of the journey to negotiate – whether you’re following your baby’s lead or trying to deliberately manage the reduction of breastfeeds.
One more thing I’ve noticed – not really specific to BLW – but after his first veg-containing poo, Daniel had a bit of nappy rash, which he’s never had before. So the new substances passing through must be taking a little getting used to for his skin too. And also, his bathtime/general cleansing routine needs to be upped now that he’s getting sticky juice and little bits of veg all over his hands, face and neck-folds a few times a day! Another thing that will take a little more time and effort on BLW than spoonfeeding I guess…