Baby led Weaning Basics

I’ll be honest I was among the skeptical when I first heard of baby led weaning but I am so glad we gave it a try! 

Baby led weaning: a method of adding complementary foods to a baby’s diet of breastmilk or formula. 

So what does that even mean? Simply skip the spoonful of mush and go straight to “grown up” food. You can give your baby’s just about everything you eat yourself. 

One of the most important steps is making sure your baby is ready! Absolutely no earlier than six months old. Aside from age your baby should be able to sit up on their own, have lost tongue thrust reflex and have the ability to grasp on to things.  If your baby can’t do all of those things just give it some time I promise your little one will be chowing down with the rest of the family before you know it.

Safety

Choking is a big fear and reason many parents don’t do baby led weaning. Blw can actually be safer when done right because baby is able to regulate they’re own food intake. It is very important to give your baby pieces that are large enough for them to hold and maneuver into their mouth. 

One of the most important things to know before beginning blw is knowing the difference between gagging and choking. Gagging is what protects your baby from choking. Never ever stick your fingers in babay mouth when gagging because it often times pushes the food further into throat and can cause choking.

Another common concern is whether or not a baby needs teeth to safely do blw. This is not true as long as the food is soft and not too hard or tough there’s no problem with not having teeth. A couple examples are things like a banana or pasta that are nice and soft.

Advantages of baby led weaning

  • Sitting together as a family at meal times
  • Not having to buy special foood for baby
  • Prevents over eating as baby can decide when they are done eating on their own
  • Supports independence 
  • Exposes baby to different textures right from the start

Baby led weaning definitely isn’t for everyone I can’t tell you how many outfit changes we went through, meals wasted or messy floors and high chairs give cleaned. But I am firm that it was the best decision for our family!


Keigan was all about his steak, green bean casserole and bananas! 

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Stocking Stuffers for the 1-2 Year old in your Life

I’m the type to person who plans out every single persons gift months in advance. Hubby and me already have two layways for Keigan one at Burlington Coat Factory for clothes and another at Walmart for Radio Flyer 4 in 1 trike. Hubby wanted to get him the bike but to be honest I don’t think he is nearly coordinated enough to ride a bike on his own even though the age starts at 1.5 years. So that being said he will be just about 18 months on Christmas and I don’t even know if he will even understand it yet so that will probably be the extent of his gifts from us.

So that leaves us with stocking stuffers. Growing up I always remember getting candy and cute little girly things like lotion or headbands so it really threw me through a loop figuring out what to fill Keigans with. So I compiled a list of different things to get your little ones this holiday season!

1. Matchbox Cars

2. Crayons and coloring books

3. Baby lotion

4. Baby soap

5. New toothbrush and tooth paste

6. Headbands and bows for baby 

7. Sippy cups

8. Winter hat

9. Bubbles 

10. Play doh

What else are you planning on putting in your toddlers stocking and what have veteran moms done in the past? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Why my husband and I chose not to have a shotgun wedding

I’m young so to be honest I was petrified to tell people when I was pregnant. I was only 19 years old when I found out but I swear the second we announced I was pregnant the questions started. “When’s the wedding” “your getting married first, right?” Mmm not quite. 

I wanna start off by saying there is nothing wrong with having a shot gun wedding. I’m all for it if that’s what you want to do. 

1. I did not want a maternity wedding dress

That is for sure the most vain of reasons for not getting married while pregnant and honestly one of the biggest ones for me. I wasn’t one of the girls who dreamed of a weddingtheure whole life but once Pinterest was a thing I definitely was. I knew I wanted a pretty cute hugging mermaid dress or perfect Cinderella worthy gown. On that note have you seen the maternity options? Pretty but just not my style. On a similar note I also wanted to be able to sip mimosas with the girls getting ready and keep a pineapple juice with Malibu in hand most of the night. 

2. I didn’t want a courthouse wedding

I respect and fully understand why people chose to have courthouse weddings. I just couldn’t bring myself too it I love weddings too damn much. Which is why I now have an event planning business. 

3. I married my husband because I love him and want to spend the rest of my life with him not.because we have baby together 

I didn’t marry my husband because we have a child together because that just isn’t good enough. I married him because I wake up every morning smiling when I turn to my left. I just didn’t want our wedding to be about the pregnancy I wanted it to be about the two of us. 

Halloween

I know Halloween was a couple days ago but I figured I wanted to share our adorable costumes for Keigans second Halloween. 

Keigan was cute little puppy! We borrowed this from one of Brandon’s friends moms for Keigan to wear its about 20 years old, so sweet!  Side note can we all just acknowledge the fact that babay Halloween costumes cost just as much as adult! Like what? 


I was a “woodland” deer. I actually love how my makeup and hair came out.


I don’t have any pictures of Brandon alone but he last minute decided to throw on one of his hard hats from work. So he was a constitution worker which really just means he was himself!


I was determined that Keigan would walk all of the houses on his own. That being said we live in a small town on a one way street so we didn’t have that many options super accessible to us. Keigan walked most of the way by himself with his pumpkin bucket in hand. The houses on the main road were far and few between so Brandon carried Keigan and I carried tre bucket from house to house but Keigan would walk up the steps by himself. I was so proud of how big of a boy he was! He did so good walking up to the houses he was a bit confused by taking them out of the bowl and putting the candy into his basket.