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Baby-led Weaning: (Whole Olive for Baby?) The Pits!

During the summer, which seems so long ago now. I posted about giving baby whole fruit to explore and eat.

That one I had thought through and  felt confident about. I had never thought through giving baby a whole olive. Well, I didn’t have to, it turned out.

The other day, my olive-loving daughter was carrying around olives and happily eating away. My son got ahold of one (or was handed one?). Somehow, he kept this thing for a while.

My 10 month old crawled over to me. stood up and spit out a pit, the cleanest olive pit ever. 

He had eaten a whole olive and spit out the pit, but I hadn’t seen him do it. People are always talking about the dangers of babies and pits. My inquiring mind wondered…

What if I purposefully gave my son a whole olive?

In the mouth!

Turning the olive over and to the other side

Hmm, any more meat on here?

Picking off olive meat with chipmunk teeth

The pit, after the pasta became alluring…

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Baby-led Weaning: How Can an Infant Eat an Avocado? (Hint: With Both Hands…)

Mmm….Squishy, slimy, creamy…

Need two hands to get it in my mouth…

Slippery little wedge…

Try that again…

Whoops! Almost had that one! (Avo in mid air)

Got it! YUM….

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Babyled Weaning: How Does a Baby Eat Whole Fruit? (Photo Series)

Baby-led Weaning: Will Baby Choke? Probably Not, but Get Used to Gagging

This post is a followup to the “For Those Loving Parents Worried about Choking with Their Baby” and in response to parents who say their baby/child won’t eat…anything pureed.

My daughter started getting large amounts of food to her mouth and down her throat around 9 months. She was more interested in nursing. Every child is different.

Baby boy wants to eat. He can eat. He can swallow way more than I am comfortable with.

Luckily for us both, I am comfortable being uncomfortable.

When I let my baby do as much as he can with his food. Feeling it, tasting it, mouthing it, swallow it and, yes, even gag on it, I am allowing his skills to develop. These skills are the very friends I need to assuage the natural fears I have as a parent that he is choking.

Choking is silent (no coughing, no talking, no sound) and blue in the face (sometimes).

Gagging is noisy, hacking, heaving sounds and gestures.

Despite the horrendous sounds emerging from my just turned 7 month old baby in this film, he is quite fine and happy. Does this every day almost, but less and less each day as he learns the ins and outs of food:

Here’s a list of the other things beside “eating” (swallowing “calories”) that my baby boy is up to exploring in this video:

  • texture
  • temperature
  • size
  • shape
  • hardness
  • viscosity
  • wetness
  • and, of course, taste.

I have found deep joy and trust in my baby-led weaning journey with two children, far away from the handmade organic purees I dreamt of when my first was in the belly….

Baby-led Weaning: For Those Loving Parents Worried about Choking with Their Baby

I just mentioned in the post with my latest and greatest (ha!) fine motor activity for toddlers, that things have been busy. Never the less, we are LOVING baby-led weaning the second time around. There’s more posts brewing (scheduled for who knows when) but in the meantime…

Here’s the real deal on choking and baby-led weaning.

He can grasp it. (Baby boy has long, nimble fingers….says my “always in the way” hair…)


The pea is safely tucked away inside the fist. He opens his fist, and “Oh! Where’d it go?” NO CHOKING….See?


Aargh….I want these peas…..

Babies have a gag reflex that start, at birth, way at the front of the mouth. As they grow and develop, the gag reflex moves to the back of the mouth. At the same time as their fine motor skills develop to be able to pick up a pea, their mouths and throats are developing to be able to eat the pea. By the time baby boy can get the pea inside his mouth, he will be less likely to choke.

I have a video of baby boy gagging that would perhaps make some parents question if baby is ok. However, I know my baby and knew he was fine. I will be sharing that soon….

[NOTE: You and your child are unique. Your own experience will be different. This is my experience. Feel free to share yours or seek community on this blog or the Facebook page.]

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Sunday Stream-of-Consciousness: I don’t want my family to eat SAD

Inspired by the Aums “stream-of-consciousness Sundays” here is what I wrote in a spare 15 minutes:

Chicken McNuggets in their “natural” state

(ETA: pre-2003 when McD’s started using all white meat chicken)

I grew up eating pretty SAD.  This is the acronym for “Standard American Diet” and it does make me sad.  It makes me sad that it is based on industrial and completely unsustainable (and unethical) practices.  It makes my body feel sad because it doesn’t provide what it needs to work optimally and make feel good.

Before I was pregnant, I had briefly been on a “healthy-carb” diet prescribed by my holistic doctor due to PCOS.  It was hard not to eat so much of what I was used to eating – chips, snacks, pasta.  I felt extremely limited in what I could eat and I felt sick all the time.  (This is when I found out that it was really morning sickness, since I was pregnant!)

While researching gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, I heard about the Brewster diet, which basically stated if you eat a diet very high in protein (-100 grams a day), you will not get pre-eclampsia.  (They also have lacto-ovo and vegan diets!)  It worked for me; it was honestly the healthiest I had ever felt in my life!  I ate so much food – raw milks and cheeses and yogurts (totally legal in PA), free-range eggs and grass-fed meats and butters from the local farmers’ markets and lots of beans.  I squeezed in some veggies and fruit and a bit of bread and oatmeal and I was full!  It was a joy to eat so many healthy fats that I had always heard were so “forbidden”.

After I gave birth, I continued my education and learned about traditional foods through the Weston A. Price Foundation and Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.  They recommended lots of good oils (fish, coconut, ghee) which we started incorporating into our diets more regularly, as well as the eating of fermented foods (pickles, sauerkraut and kefir are all favorites around here).  We tried to start cooking with more traditional recipes and experimented with eating soaked grains/beans and sourdough/sprouted breads replaced our old favorite, generic whole-wheat.  When Beanie started baby-led weaning, we let him try (almost) everything!  We held off on grains until he was about 15 months, since babies take longer to create the digestive enzymes for grains.   At 27 months, he still nurses many times a day (and night!), but his meals still center around healthy fats, protein, veggies and fruit.  He is an adventurous eater!

I have recently embarked on what I hope will be our final journey to health and healing for our whole family:  the GAPS diet (related to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the Body Ecology Diet).  It seems daunting, but I am hoping it will heal my many gut issues (mainly eczema and allergies) and help my husband and son as well.  I look forward to sharing our journey and resources with you as we move forward.

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food” -Hippocrates

Wordless Wednesday: Perfectly Crooked!

Smoothie Making Complete!

Having fun in the kitchen lately, cooking toddler style–much pride, joy, concentration and tasting! Made two little movies. (Well, I guess they’re longish at 5 min but the far away grandparents love every picture they can get.)

Making Smoothies

Making Pancakes

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