Adventures in BLW | First Foods

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Hello!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about baby led weaning! I did an intro post about BLW back in January, so you can find that here if you’re interested in learning more information about what BLW is and why I chose to do it. We have been doing great with solids for about 5 months now. It’s so hard to believe my little fella is 11 months old! I’ve started planning his first birthday party… What!? Anyway, I wanted to make this post to talk about some of the first foods we tried at 6 months old. Since I was really nervous about feeding him solids at first, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.

In the beginning I would offer him a single food item at each meal. This made it nicer for me to monitor what he liked and didn’t like, what was easy for him, and what he might have had an allergic reaction to. This was just my preference. If you want to give a meal with multiple food items right away, feel free to do so. That’s the wonderful thing about BLW… you pretty much just do what you’re comfortable with. The only things you really need to be mindful of are salt, sugar, and honey. I’ve read in every article and was told by our pediatrician that babies digestive systems aren’t good at processing sugar and salt, so it’s best to wait until after age 1. As for honey, it can carry spores of bacteria that can lead to botulism which is very rare, but fatal in infants. I was definitely not going to take that chance!

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I started out feeding him solids one time a day, usually at dinner time, and slowly began adding breakfast and then lastly lunch. He began eating 3 solid food meals per day around 8 months I believe. Now that we’ve been doing BLW for almost a full 6 months, I am so glad I started feeding him this way. He loves meal times and loves food. There a few things he doesn’t like a whole lot, but overall he eats so well!

A fantastic book to read if you’re looking into BLW is Baby Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods and the Baby Led Weaning Cookbook.

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Here is a list of the most common foods I tried with baby bear at 6 months old.

  1. Avocado – sliced into quarters with half the skin left on for easy grip
  2. Banana – cut in half and leave a small amount of peel left on for easy grip
  3. Oatmeal – cooked and topped with applesauce and cinnamon
  4. Zucchini and Squash– sliced and steamed or baked
  5. Rice 
  6. Pears – sliced in strips
  7. Green Beans – left long and steamed
  8. Sweet Potatoes – baked and mashed or cubed
  9. Waffles – homemade cut into strips
  10. Banana Pancakes – homemade cut into strips
  11. Quesadillas – whole grain tortillas with cheddar cheese cut into strips
  12. Applesauce 

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In the next post, I will get into how we progressed to full meals.

What are some of the first foods you offered your baby?

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