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.
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.
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.
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.
One of our current favourites is 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!
The Fruit Pots are brilliant after a meal or a ‘between meal’ snack.
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.
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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