Like any method, BLW has its pros and cons, as well as supporters and opponents. This article will be about the pitfalls that children and parents face when applying the BLW method. I will explain immediately that I am not intended to discourage anyone but only to show that there may be some difficulties that are better to know in advance.
BLW and choking
The BLW principle makes it clear that the child receives solid foods. So no pulp is served, and even less the parent does not feed with a spoon. The toddler chooses what he wants to eat. Usually these are normal food products, served whole. The infant in this situation is forced to independent biting and chewing. It is necessary for the formation of a proper occlusion and thus for the proper development of speech.
Unfortunately, in practice it is not so colorful. The six-month-old toddler does not yet have all the teeth, he learns to bite and so swallowed foods are often large and can lead to dangerous choking and even breathing problems. In addition, a toddler at this age is just starting to sit down, most of the time he is sitting in a semi-sitting position, which can additionally create a risk of choking.
BLW - is the child going to eat?
There is a lot of controversy when it comes to BLW. We are amazed to rub their eyes and say that the toddler is not able to fill himself. After all, he does not know which products are the healthiest, and there may be a problem in determining the amount the child has consumed. Allowing the child to eat alone, we must reckon that some of the food will be thrown onto the floor, greased in a high chair and clothes.
In this way, the parent is not able to clearly determine whether the toddler has eaten the right amount of food and will not be hungry in a moment. The quality of food consumed by an infant also gives a lot to think about. The infant's diet should be varied, but the little ones have different tastes and what they don't like or look bad just won't be eaten. While in mixed soup you can "hide" unloved meat or vegetables.
BLW - A Baby Can Eat The Adult?
The BLW principle makes it clear that toddler chooses what he will eat. So if he sits at a table with all the household members, the menu may not be appropriate for him. An infant is still a child who cannot eat what adults do. Can not eat fatty, spicy and fried foods. In addition, it may be too early for some products.
BLW supporters refute this claim, saying that products that are only allowed for babies should appear on the table. Of course they are right, but will all household members want to eat only easily digestible dishes, without the addition of salt, etc.? Or maybe it remains to hide with food from the child?
BLW and mess
Independent actions of the child always end in a mess, regardless of whether the toddler is playing with toys or consuming a meal himself. If we feed with a spoon, we put on a bib, we are able to keep up to date and, if necessary, wipe the baby and no more mess should be expected. Unfortunately, when using the BLW method, i.e. independent eating by a child, one has to take into account that everything that surrounds the child: wall, chair / table, floor will be washed. In addition, the star of the show itself must usually have changed clothes and be washed, and in extreme cases bathed.
The decision to give food to a child's hand also has its negative aspects. The toddler demands food, e.g. during play, which then results in the toys being dirty and the food does not necessarily go to the child's mouth, e.g. in a cupboard with clothes, in doll's hair, in the gap between the cot and the mattress.
BLW: waste and disrespect for food
A few years ago, it would be unthinkable to throw food on the floor. Some homes still practice kissing bread when it hits the floor. On the other hand, the BLW itself (although not in theory) allows you to throw food on the floor, smear it on the table, stuff it in your ear, etc. The majority is not eaten, but simply lands in the basket. which unfortunately gives the child permission to throw food into the basket without restraint.
Putting objects in your mouth
The baby in the second half of his life is very curious, likes to touch and put everything in his mouth. The BLW method allows you to explore new flavors by putting products in your mouth yourself. It's not always that what's in a child's hand is safe. Why not try a banana with a peel, a plastic screw of your older brother, sand in the sandpit or even cat food? After all, BLW allows you to explore different flavors, consistencies, food sizes, but your toddler doesn't have to know that a thing is not only inedible, but also very dangerous for his health.
It is difficult to determine if BLW is the right way to expand your infant's diet. It has its advantages and disadvantages, but it may be better not to panic and choose something between so that the wolf is full and the whole sheep. The method is mainly intended for us parents and our children. However, it is worth knowing which difficulties will be faced and, if possible, eliminating them.