Δευτέρα, 4 Μαρτίου 2013

Vegan Baby Led Weaning: *Cups*

When we start offering food to our babies the blw way, we have to consider offering water with the meals, too. That was a hard one for me. Because I didn't want to give him anything plastic (and as you probably know, 99% of baby products are plastic) because I wanted him to have contact with more natural materials and because plastic is super toxic for our earth.

I was thinking how I could mix together the blw and the montessori approach I'm following. Both blw and montessori approaches suggest to let the baby try for himself. In addition, montessori fans suggest to use natural products with your baby and that it might be better (if you can stand it) to use breakable materials so that the child can learn that if it's thrown it breaks. I wanted to follow both principles, but I didn't have the money to buy natural unbreakable equipment. But if you have some extra cash, there are some wonderful products out there. For stainless steel cups check this one or these if you'd like a set. And if you adore wood as much as I do, you're gonna fall in love with this and this.

I thought about it again and again and decided that I didn't have to spend money. I would offer him drinks in glass shots that I already had! Yes, the ones that I used for drinking tequila! They are the perfect size for tiny hands and glass is a natural material. It worked perfectly! Ok maybe we had some glass shots funerals, but no one else was hurt. There are parents out there that swear that their baby have never broke anything...well, about us, let's just say that I certainly didn't give birth to baby Jesus.

Nereus was having his drinks in glass shots the first weeks. Since then, I had experimented with several cups, glasses and even a second hand plastic sippy cup (that Nereus hated) a lady gave to me. He  is able to drink perfectly from a cup since 10 months. And by perfectly, I mean holding it right and drinking without spills. Unless he wants to experiment and play of course.

These are the cups we have been using the last few months. Totally breakable-true survivor espresso cup and stainless steel creamer cup that I found for really cheap. Note: See how our creamer cup's top leans inward? You don't want that. It's harder for the baby to drink from it. Nereus can hold the cup from the handle with his one hand since he was 6 months...so cute!


I won't lie to you. We had lots of "accidents" and Nereus, at 17 months, still breaks something now and then.  Picking up broken cup pieces is not a fun activity but if I had to choose again, I would definitely choose the same method. It's amazing to watch your baby learning these skills all by himself.

Some parents swear on dody cups. But, I didn't want anything plastic for my son as I said before. Not only they do harm our environment but they're not the best choice for human's health, too. If you want something unbreakable you can always find stainless steel and/or wooden cups. But again this is just my opinion, I encourage you to do your own research and find what best suits you and your family.

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  1. thanks for sharing..
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  2. Wow, you made me stop and think. Everything I give Jarvis is natural, food, plates, cutlery, but I have always given him a plastic cup. I think this is because I drink all day from a plastic bottle. Now thinking I need to change our drinking habits.

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    1. Well, I have used plastic bottles on these occasions that we were out and we were thirsty and had no other choice!

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  3. I couldn't see view those links. Perhaps it's my location? Anyway, I'm a vegan blw mama too and I love these posts! We just gave E small mugs and glasses, didn't buy anything special but we give her a sipper bottle when we're out and about.

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    1. I'll check out the links issue further because they seem to work fine with me. I love how I'm finding other vegan blw mamas through these series...when I started blw with Nereus I thought I was the only one haha...

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  4. I am with you on the whole plastic thing! I think it is extremely toxic! We have stainless steel sippy cups for Amar'e to use. They were about $8 a cup, but entirely worth it to me! When it came to her dish ware, I buy all of it thrifted and it is always breakable. We have gone through quiet a few bowls, but in all I've spent less than $5 on them all (about 20 or more), so it isn't breaking the bank. Im interested in knowing more about the Montessori approach that you are using. I personally am into the Waldorf approach, but Ive done only a little research on them both.

    xoxo

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    1. $8 sounds like a fair price..I would pay double to buy them in Greece. The way I'm growing Nereus is inspired by both Montessori and Waldorf approaches!

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  5. Completely agree with the breakables, they eventually learn, and it seems to happen quite quickly! Master L likes drinking his water from small china teacups- he thinks he is all that! x

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    1. Nereus definitely hasn't learnt yet! He's not breaking so often now and I have noticed that when he does it's because they slip from his oily hands. And maybe somethimes he's doing it on purpose? I'm not sure about he last one, still trying to find out!

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