When my son turned 6 months old we were given the go ahead by his doctor to start solids.
If you are like me, you did lots of research on the best foods to feed your child, what to feed him first, how to feed him and how much to feed him.
It was important to me, like any mom, that my son get the best and healthiest start to life as possible.
Enter Baby Led Weaning!
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I first heard about it before I was even pregnant, but really started researching baby led weaning when my son was born.
Baby led weaning is about letting your child learn to feed themselves from the very beginning.
It’s about keeping the stress out of feeding your child, and allowing them to lead.
D has done so well with solids from the very beginning, and I’ve never been stressed about it. I think that the way we’ve let him eat has helped so much.
Some people who follow baby led weaning have the goal of feeding their child 100 different foods by the time they are one year old!
The idea with this goal is to make sure you feed your child a wide variety of textures, flavors and colors to get them used to it. They are less likely to be super picky as a toddler!
It can seem daunting, but with D’s birthday right around the corner, I’ve come up with a list of 100 different foods we’ve given him over the last 6 months.
It really wasn’t that hard because once he got the hang of it, we were able to feed him pretty much anything we ate (with some modifications here and there).
D has loved the variety of foods we’ve fed him, and now that he’s reaching toddlerhood, I’m not so worried about him getting picky.
Even when he does decide to pick and choose some things he likes and doesn’t like, I know that there are a whole bunch of things I can fall back on!
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH BABY LED WEANING
I absolutely love this book as a reference guide for all things baby led weaning. It’s full of beautiful pictures with easy and creative recipes, information on how to get started, benefits to the baby led weaning approach and so much more!
EZPZ baby feeding supplies are always my go to. They are made of 100% silicone, super easy to clean and created by a pediatric food specialist. So, you know you’re getting the best with them!
They have an adorable First Foods Set that will easily get you started.
Bloom Baby has the coolest looking highchairs. I absolutely love that you can use them for your newborn as an adorable cradle, right up to a regular kids chair for up to 8 year olds.
Here is the list of 100 first foods for baby led weaning that we used! If you want the list in printable form, check it out below.
100 FIRST FOODS
- Brussel sprouts
- Green onion
- Spaghetti squash
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Butternut squash
- Ground beef
- Ground turkey
- Whole wheat tortilla
- Cheddar cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- Goat cheese
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Parmesan cheese
- Black beans
- White beans
- Rice cake
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Coconut oil
- Pasta sauce
- Birthday Cake!
In the last 6 months I’ve made more muffins and pancakes than I’ve ever made in my life.
Of course they are the modified baby versions, but they are amazing for quick breakfasts and snacks.
You can find a ton of recipes on Pinterest from easy blueberry muffins to veggie and fish fritters! I can literally make anything into a muffin and/or a pancake and my son will eat it.
Let me know if your baby has tried any of these and where you are in your baby led weaning journey!