My 5 Best Baby Led Weaning Tips

My 5 Best Baby Led Weaning Tips

My 5 Best Baby Led Weaning Tips is in collaboration with Organix.

I’ve written a few times before about my love for Baby Led Weaning and how much my family loved doing it with our 2 babies.

There are so many benefits to BLW but the two mains ones for us were that our two children now eat anything and we didn’t have to spend time feeding them with a spoon – we could eat our own food before it went cold!

Baby Led Weaning worked well for us and saved me having to spend hours cooking and pureeing baby food – it was time I just didn’t really have. That said, I do have a lot of friends who loved creating puree recipes for their little ones and I do believe you should do what is right for your family.

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Miss M aged 6 months starting her BLW journey!

We’ve mainly given our children the same food that we are eating ourselves and it’s given me an extra incentive to cook healthy, junk-free meals.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best Baby Led Weaning tips, should you be thinking of doing the same with your baby:

1.  Start Simple

We started with soft fruits and vegetables that could be chopped into finger food sticks so that our babies could pick them up easily and bring them to their mouths.

Our favourites in the early days were banana (despite me loathing them myself!), soft-cooked carrot and sweet potato.

It took a few goes for my babies to get the food to their mouths but after just a few days we saw them developing their pincer grip and getting some success!

2.  Prepare for Mess!

For the first few weeks (at least), expect most of the food to hit the floor or at best cover your baby from head to toe. We invested in some full-coverage bibs at first but sometimes ended up just letting them eat in only their nappy (warm days) and then putting them in the bath after!

Don’t feed them on a carpeted floor – or if you do, spread a garbage bag under their high chair or a surface you can wipe clean.

3.  Persevere

When we introduced new foods, 9 times out of 10 my babies would turn their nose up at it.

It took 3 or 4 days of trying the same food before they adapted to liking it so don’t give up at the first hurdle. I should have probably tried banana more myself in the early days!

4.  You don’t have to be ‘All or Nothing’

Some of my friends did only BLW and some only Purees. We decided to do a bit of both as we were a family who were out and about a lot.

There were sometimes occasions when we couldn’t take fresh food they could eat so we took travel snacks or purees that could easily be transported. There were also times we wanted to eat a spicy curry or something that wasn’t really suitable for the kids and this meant they could still eat really well and we could enjoy something different too.

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Our favourite travel snacks were fresh fruit, sultanas, baby biscuits, rice cakes and fruit purees that didn’t need to be chilled in a fridge. This meant if we were doing the 7 hour drive up the coast to our family, the kids could still eat well when we stopped on the way and we were not tempted to hit the drive thru.

We love Organix baby and toddler snacks because of their ‘no junk promise’. They’re made from organic ingredients and taste great – not only do my kids love them but I snack on them when we’re travelling too!

We started our weaning journey when the kids were 6-6.5 months old and Organix has a range of products from that age upwards.

Our current favourites are Organix Baby Biscuits and Organix Fruit Pots. I’m from the UK where Organix has a huge following and when I moved back to Australia last year, I was delighted that they’d just hit the shores here too!

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Double the Fruit – Chopped Apple with an Organix Apple & Mango Fruit Pot Dip!

Both the Baby Biscuits and the Fruit Pots are brilliant after a meal or a ‘between meal’ snack.

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The Fruit Pots are a fab alternative to yogurt for those times we’re travelling for hours or do not have a cool bag. I always have a couple in the changing bag ready for a quick snack.

The Fruit Pots are available in Mashed Apple & Mango and Apple & Raspberry and they’re brand new to Australia! You can buy them at your local Woolworths and Coles. We love that they’re only full of real, no junk, no added sugar, 100% organic fruit. Nothing else.

5.  Offer  variety of shapes and textures

We loved watching our babies get used to picking up and eating different textures and shapes such as soft-cooked vegetables, buttered toast and baby biscuits. Their little looks of surprise was so sweet and they loved learning as much as we loved watching them learn.

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Here’s Mini munching on his favourite Strawberry Organix Biscuit!

The Organix Baby Biscuits are ring shaped and so perfect for teething babies who can hold them with both hands and gnaw on them.

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Through a combination of baby led weaning and some purees, my babies have had the chance to not only learn to feed themselves but to also try a variety of different textures, shapes and flavours.

I really think it’s helped them to love all food and they are not picky eaters at all – I hope I haven’t jinxed that for myself! I just want my kids to grow up making good food choices.

Do you have any tips for starting your baby on solid food?

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24 Comments

  1. 28th October 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Great tips. We combined both BLW and traditional. Just depended on the situation. He loves feeding himself now at 9 months.

    • 28th October 2016 / 8:16 pm

      You’re so right, you have to do what works for the baby and they’re all different aren’t they :)

  2. 29th October 2016 / 12:46 am

    Those Oragnix baby food look yum! I definitely remember the mess when T was that age. I have loads of photos of her with food all over her face and the kitchen floor ;)

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:14 am

      Ha ha it’s so so messy isn’t it! But I liked getting the messy stage over earlier on :)

  3. 29th October 2016 / 6:08 am

    Great tips! You’re right, it’s all about just going with it and adapting to you and your baby. And, yes, it’s going to get messy! Haha. We did a combination of both, and also a combination of home made and some baby-friendly snacks. We had/have cupboards full or Organix stuff for when we’re on the go. B loves the banana biscuits!

    Kat

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:13 am

      My two love the banana ones too :)

  4. 29th October 2016 / 5:48 pm

    We did a combination when it came to weaning but swore by organics for snacks and little purees for on the go. Such a fab brand! Things definitely do get messy when it comes to weaning. x

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:12 am

      They’re brilliant aren’t they – my kids both love them too :)

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:12 am

      Isn’t it good how you can try different ways and see what suits you all :)

  5. 30th October 2016 / 2:56 am

    We did our own BLW, which was a bit like yours – mainly BLW with a few purees along the way (the pouches are magic!) We actually had a lot of fun weaning Boo. And I will always remember most of the guests at my brothers wedding being amazing as an 8 month old Boo sat there and had a good old gummy chomp on a steak!

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:11 am

      It’s so awesome isn’t it – and so fun seeing them try new foods! x

  6. 30th October 2016 / 4:10 am

    Aww, love post. Great tips. I remember feeding my daughter a chocolate mouse. It went everywhere, in her hair and all over her face :)

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:10 am

      Ha ha mine is the same! x

  7. 30th October 2016 / 10:34 am

    Not yet a parent but I have seen my nephew much on these snacks when he was young and my SIL also did BLW too

    • 30th October 2016 / 11:10 am

      Ah they’re so good – I eat them too ha ha!

  8. 31st October 2016 / 10:07 am

    Some great tips, I tended to follow Annabel Karmel and hope for the best back then.

    • 31st October 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Ah I’ve heard good things!

  9. 31st October 2016 / 11:58 am

    These are great tips for anyone going through that stage right now. I definetly agree on be prepared for mess! It’s such an amazing thing to watch them exploring new foods

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • 31st October 2016 / 11:59 am

      Oh so true – I love even now introducing different things and watching their reaction :)

  10. 3rd November 2016 / 9:00 pm

    I ADORE baby-led weaning. Wonderful tips x #thelist

    • 4th November 2016 / 11:28 am

      Thanks Laura – me too! x

  11. 4th November 2016 / 5:42 am

    Great tips! The best thing about it is not having to sit and feed them, but the worst is definitely the mess! #thelist

    • 4th November 2016 / 11:28 am

      Thanks lovely! Ha ha I know the mess isn’t the best fun :) x

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