2. Plate or placemat
As the baby will be free to explore the food, the ideal is not to use glass dishes or dishes that break them. Choose plastic plates ( BPA free! ) and that are deep, like bowls . With a flat plate, the baby will spill even more food.
Small plate with a divider , like the one in the photo below, in my opinion is the best type of dish for food introduction . It helps to separate food and make the plate more organized.
Another widely used BLW platter option are placemats with a plate attached . This model is very interesting to prevent the baby from turning or dropping the plate on the floor. But of course anything is possible, don’t doubt a baby.
However, it is important to point out that it is perfectly possible not to use any dish . Put a small amount of food directly on the tray for the baby to handle. As the months go by and the baby develops, you insert the dish into meals.
At the beginning of the introduction to feeding the baby – obviously – will not know how to use the cutlery. So don’t worry about it at first, he will have time to learn.
At around 9 months of age, the child begins to develop greater skill with the hands and fingers , it is at this stage that he starts to make the pincer movement. Then the baby will be able to pick up smaller foods like a pea, for example, with the tips of his fingers. This is a great time to add silverware ( just a fork and spoon ) and encourage your baby to use them.
Just as he does with food, he will also explore the cutlery with his hands without even knowing how to use it. The best way to teach is to use cutlery in front of the baby
, showing how to do it. One more reason for the baby to have meals together with the family, at the table.
But don’t worry if your baby prefers to pick up food with their hands. Let him feed as he prefers . Over time he will observe the people around him and will learn how to use the cutlery.
Traditional bibs may not be very effective on BLW. That’s because the baby tends to get dirty all over: belly, arms, legs… even the hair! That’s why the apron-type bibs, with long sleeves or tank tops were created .
This type of bib reduces the mother’s anxiety due to dirt and saves the baby’s clothes by avoiding so many washings.
Of course, depending on the climate and where you live, it’s possible to leave the baby in a diaper and then take a bath. But this type of bib reduces the work a little, as they are waterproof and easily cleaned.
5. Plastic towel
One of the things that saves the lives of mothers who practice BLW is to use a plastic towel on the floor ( like these ones here ) under the baby chair . This tip is valuable!
These towels are easy to clean. Then let the dirt fall, then wipe it off with a cloth. With no bran or stains on the floor, the mother has one less reason to be nervous during a meal.
Plastic towels are easily found at bazaar stores and even at hardware stores. A worthwhile investment.
That made it easier, right? If you had dirt as an argument against BLW I’ll bet you’ve now learned how to get around this difficulty.
The biggest lesson you can take from moms who practice BLW successfully is: let it get dirty! Go around the best way, but don’t keep trying to avoid the dirt. Baby’s meals will be much more relaxed this way.