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Lisa Tantrum 

I'm interested to hear about people's experiences of baby-led weaning vs combination/spoon-feeding. I did a combination of finger foods and mashed fruit/veg with my son. I managed not to have to puree anything! It worked well, he loves his food. What did other people try and how did they get on with it?

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SofarSofood 
I bought every baby led weaning book and had grand plans to avoid spoon feeding and mush. Like most of my parenting plans, however we ended in a bit of a compromise. Breakfast and lunch were finger food and dinner was spoon fed. He was a big lad and mobile from 6 months so he needed to get something down him at the end of the day! He'd have a spoon too so he could smear it in his hair while I got some in his mouth. As soon as he could reliably feed himself I stopped giving him a hand. I sort of wish there weren't labels for different weaning styles. Feels like it adds to the pressure to pick one way and stick with it rather than going with your instincts. Mind you he can be a fussy bugger, so I'm not sure that my approach worked! I spend a lot of my time making meals with hidden fruit and veg in them!
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Guest 
I did one week of liquidy mush then went on to finger food /baby led, my bubs gobbled it all and loves her food too. Although I wouldn't say I was a purist, cause sometimes they want help getting it into their mouth rather than their eye, but I think they get to grips with eating much quicker and she likes the independence. Although you have to be happy with mess and lots of it. But that's half the fun if you ask me :)
Anonymous 
I agree with the above. There is something joyful about the mess...
SofarSofood 
I bought every baby led weaning book and had grand plans to avoid spoon feeding and mush. Like most of my parenting plans, however we ended in a bit of a compromise. Breakfast and lunch were finger food and dinner was spoon fed. He was a big lad and mobile from 6 months so he needed to get something down him at the end of the day! He'd have a spoon too so he could smear it in his hair while I got some in his mouth. As soon as he could reliably feed himself I stopped giving him a hand. I sort of wish there weren't labels for different weaning styles. Feels like it adds to the pressure to pick one way and stick with it rather than going with your instincts. Mind you he can be a fussy bugger, so I'm not sure that my approach worked! I spend a lot of my time making meals with hidden fruit and veg in them!
SleepFairyDee 
Speaking as a mum not a professional for this response ... I started with purée but my son turned his nose up at it so we feed him whatever we're eating. Some of its on a spoon as he eat more that way. And some is in his fingers, but most of that gets tucked down the side of the high chair. At 8 months he eats everything (unless its puréed) and we didn't need to follow any millitant rules! Weaning has been fun!

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