Baby Led Weaning Tips For Getting Started
The first time I learned about Baby Led Weaning is when my 2nd child was One years old. We had switched pediatricians, and they asked me how much solid foods she was eating. I looked at my pediatrician and told her the few things I was feeding her in solid/ table foods. I explained that I was making homemade baby food.
She asked me if I had done any baby led weaning? I said no as I hadn’t even heard of baby led weaning. My oldest was 11 at the time and fed baby food for the most part. Fast forward to my third baby when she was about 6 months old I started Baby Led Weaning. I partnered with my pediatrician and did a ton of research. I also had to overcome my fear that she would choke and began our baby led weaning journey.
Below are the Steps to Getting Started and Lessons Learned along the Way.
1. Discuss with your pediatrician before beginning – At my daughter’s 4 month appointment we talked for about 45 minutes about what to expect with baby led weaning. I was nursing on demand, so we talked about how and when to introduce baby led weaning. This was extremely helpful and I asked lots of questions.
2. Start when your baby starts to show an interest in food – This happened gradually for us. I noticed she would start to reach for food and started putting items into her mouth. This typically occurs between 4-6 months. Note : All my children started around 6 months or soon after.
3. Introduce foods slowly– I followed a checklist and watched for any allergies. I would only introduce a new food every 3 days.
4. Bottle Feed or Breastfeed First – I kept up with nursing as the primary food til about a year old…then we transitioned to more solids.
5. Let Them Self – Feed – As their pincher grasp and other motor skills develop let them self – feed. I would use a spoon to help. I love these small spoons and forks they work great for teaching them how to use utensils. (My 18 month old can now use a spoon and fork ). This also allows them to taste different flavors and textures.
6. Baby’s Gag Sensor Is Located – Know that a baby’s gag sensor is in the roof of their mouths not towards the back of the throat. This is super helpful if you worry about choking ( I was super paranoid).
7. Have them Join In at Meal Time – Let them join you at the dinner table via a high chair or as my fourth likes to do sitting in my lab and eating off my plate. We make it a priority to eat together as a family as much as possible for all meals.
8. Have fun and enjoy this time! – I will say I enjoyed baby led weaning more than spending countless hours making baby food. I liked that my little one’s got to experience new foods and be a part of meal times. Overall my last two children are not picky eaters, and they love trying new foods.
9. BlW Helps Prevent Picky Eaters -Since doing BLW I have noticed that my children are not picky eaters and are open to trying new foods.
10. Items I Needed To Get Started -A checklist for keeping track of foods, a high chair, bibs, and some feeding utensils and plates. ( See my amazon link below for my favorite items).
Below Are My Favorite Resources for Baby Led Weaning Food Ideas & Recipies
Have you done BLW before? What are your experiences or favorite Resources/Recipes? Connect with me via comments and or email.
Til Our Next Adventure,