Friday, 7 January 2011

Research Bunnies

In the interests of doing our bit for society, I have signed Grace and myself up for a research study. A Masters student at Bastyr University in the States is looking for volunteers to take part into a study into parents who chose to go down the route of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) for their babies. More specifically, she is investigating the dietary pattern of the parents implementing BLW as the method of choice for introducing solid foods to their infants - the thesis for her Masters is "Baby Led Weaning and the effects in the family diet".

After passing the screening questionnaire, which wanted to know things like if Grace was our first child, whether or not we had read the BLW book by Gill Rapley, and how many days per week Grace would be in non-parental control (e.g. Grandma and Nursery), we were sent a consent form explaining the detail of the study and a consent form for us to sign. It's simple really and we don't need to dedicate a lot of time to it, but I'm pleased to be taking part. Not much is known about BLW as it's still a relatively new concept and doing my bit feels right.

I need to keep a food and drink diary for 3 days running before we start weaning. Then 3 months in, I need to do the same again, but this time also a 3 day diary for Grace too. It's as simple as that. If anyone is interested in participating, leave a comment and I can post details.

No babies or mothers will be harmed in the development of the study.

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