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Food Ideas & Baby Lead Weaning Recipes for Starting Solids with Whole Foods

Food Ideas for Babies Eating Using the Baby Led Weaning Method

Using a Baby Led Weaning method to introduce solid foods to your baby is a great way to start babies eating really fresh and wholesome foods. One of the benefits of Baby Led Weaning is that you won’t be spending time pureeing and freezing; nor will you be spending time spooning food into baby’s mouth.

For many parents, the fast and easy method of Baby Led Weaning is the perfect way to introduce baby to solid foods. Visit the Baby Led Weaning page to learn all about BLW!

What is a good age for Baby Led Weaning?

Babies should be at least 6 months of age if you wish to use the BLW method of introducing solid foods. They should be able to sit up unassisted, have lost the tongue thrust reflex and should be able to grasp and hold onto foods. Good starter foods for BLW are those found in the charts for the 4-6 month range and the 6-8 month range.

Starting Solid Foods with Baby Led Weaning – Timing and Ideal Foods to Begin With

If you are going to try the BLW approach, it is most important that you try to start solids no earlier than 6 months of age. At this age (the most recommended age for beginning solid foods), your baby should be sitting up unassisted or with little assistance. Your baby should also have good head control as well as a good fist grasp and a developing pincer grasp. The tongue-thrust reflex should also have disappeared by this age. These milestones are very important as your baby will be feeding himself; he should not be propped up or reclined back because he will be eating whole foods.

Some of the very same foods that you would cook and puree as starter foods for your baby make wonderful starter foods for BLW too! Here are a few top picks with more on the way soon!

Apples – You may offer babies apples as early as 6 months of age. You can simply wash and peel the [raw] apple and give it to your baby to gnaw on or you can cut it into large chunks. Bake the apples and mash them in a bowl as a great way to let baby really get into feeling his foods.

Avocado – You won’t be able to find another fruit that is more packed full of essential nutrients than the avocado. Avocado makes a great BLW choice as its taste is pleasant and it’s easily digested. You can make a “baby guacamole” or cut it into large dices and mash it.

Bananas – You may want to offer baby a banana that has been mashed so that there is more control over the portion that she will be eating. Yes, it will be really messy but she’s learning about food with all of her senses and this is important! Some parents report that they have given their babies a halved (and peeled) banana that was not too ripe so that the texture was firm. Please use your judgment when offering a whole or halved banana to your little one!

Cooked Rice or other grains like kamut – Cook up some grains and then let your baby pick at and eat them. Once he has been introduced to a variety of foods, you will be able to mix all sorts of healthy and tasty foods into his rice meals!

Sweet Potatoes – Baked or steamed sweet potato is a wonderful beginner food. You can cut it into thick sticks and bake like fries or steam it and then mash it a bit.

Scrambled Egg Yolks (or whole eggs) – Scrambled eggs are a great baby led weaning food as they are soft, tasty and easily manageable. Recommendations for introducing egg yolks & white are changing and some pediatricians are saying they are a great starter food. Learn more about eggs

How Much Should My Baby Eat? “Following your baby’s cues during feeding time will ensure that your baby is eating the proper amounts of food for him or her.” You see, the majority of healthy babies will eat just the right amount of foods that they need. Many who advocate Baby Led Weaning believe that babies who feed themselves early on are better able to control just what their bodies need to nourish them.

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Baby Led Weaning – Starting solids with foods straight from the dinner table!

What is Baby Led Weaning and is it the right approach to Introducing Solid Foods?

More and more parents are turning to “Baby Led” approach to weaning and introducing solid foods to baby. Many parents choose to offer their babies food that is puréed while others prefer to jump straight into “table foods”.

Introducing solids to your baby using “table foods” rather than purees is what Baby led Weaning is all about.

What is a good age for Baby Led Weaning?

 Babies should be at least 6 months of age if you wish to use the BLW method of introducing solid foods. They should be able to sit up unassisted, have lost the tongue thrust reflex and should be able to grasp and hold onto foods. Good starter foods for BLW are those found in the charts for the 4-6 month range and the 6-8 month range.What is Baby Led Weaning?

So what exactly is Baby Led Weaning as relates to solid food introduction?  In short, Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is skipping thin and runny purées and not feeding your baby with a spoon.

Baby Led Weaning means offering your baby (age appropriate) foods that are soft-cooked and cut or mashed into small easily manageable pieces. You may choose to offer your baby a large hunk of apple that she can easily hold and gnaw on or a bowl full of soft cooked mashed apples; the choice is yours. The foods are then given to your baby to eat without being pureed and without being spoonfed. You do the cooking, the cutting or mashing and the offering of the foods and your baby does the rest.  It is important to note that your baby should be in control of what he is eating and you should never actually feed him by putting the foods into his mouth!

As with breastfeeding on demand, Baby Led Weaning is a method of introducing solid foods that leaves it up to your baby to decide what, when and how much to eat.  While not necessarily a “hands off” approach, Baby Led Weaning does advocate allowing your baby to make all food choices for him or herself.


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