We started baby led weaning with our son when he was 6 months old. You can find out how we started here in this post!
It went pretty well! He is now 7 and a half months old and is a pro at feeding himself. I’ve learned how to cut things for him so he can put them in his mouth and chew them.
He now has five teeth (hello teething!) and has learned to use them really well.
We basically feed him everything he ate when was 6 months old, but we now also feed him more of what we are eating.
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When I’m making dinner, I usually put some aside without any of the stuff he might not be able to eat.
For example, If I’m making meatloaf, I will set aside some of the meat and just make some smaller meatballs without any of the extra stuff in it.
He still has a little trouble eating the meatballs I make him, mostly because he likes to stuff his face and gets too much in there to chew properly. But we’re working on it!
We’ve also started trying to give him more water, and he uses this sippy cup. He learned really quickly how to use it. I love the handles that he can grab onto really easily.
I think it’s a great transition cup because it combines the sucking of nursing or bottle feeding with the use of a regular cup.
What is Baby Led Weaning?
If you don’t know what baby led weaning is, it’s basically a form of feeding babies solids that involves them feeding themselves.
It is great for developing motor skills and independence. Babies tend to be less picky eaters and more accepting of new foods when starting solids through baby led weaning.
To me, it seems like a more natural approach to feeding babies.
That’s not to say that spoon feeding purees is a bad idea! Some babies prefer it and that’s totally fine.
We started doing a bit of both with D but he really took to BLW, as I figured he would. So, we kept going with that.
Here is a list of some of the foods and meals we feed him now.
- Rice and beans
- Homemade baby pancakes
- Homemade oatmeal and banana bars
- Cucumber rings
These are just a few things that we have added to his diet, along with everything he started with when he was 6 months old.
He may also eat a simplified version of what we eat at dinner time, but I generally try and have his meals prepared for a few days at a time.
A really important part of baby led weaning is having meals together. Of course this doesn’t always happen, but I try and eat at the same time as him.
This helps him learn about meal times, helps him know what to expect when meal times are set at a certain time, and it helps him learn about healthy eating habits.
Being present at meal times with your baby also helps with the development of socialization skills.
We now usually feed him solids at least twice, sometimes 3 times a day. He eats a heavier lunch, and then a lighter dinner, as well as sometimes a light breakfast.
At his age I know milk is still a major part of his dietary needs, so he usually has about 5 nursing sessions a day.
Of course sometimes this is more, sometimes even less with only four nursing sessions. I nurse him on demand so he eats when he’s hungry around his solid feeds.
He’s growing as he should so I usually don’t worry too much about it.
This is our baby led weaning update at 7 months! D has been a great eater from the start. I’m working on not being too anxious with how much he eats or doesn’t eat, as I know he’s human.
Babies learn to self-regulate through baby led weaning, and will eat more when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full. Sometimes they’re just not interested in solids and that’s okay for a time.
It’s all part of the process!