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Best Foods for Baby-Led Weaning

Best Foods for Baby-Led Weaning

If you missed Part 1 on How to Get Started with Baby-Led Weaning, you can read it here.

Raise your hand if you love food. I know I’ve got both hands up. Do feet count? If it hasn’t been made crystal clear yet, our little family loves food (pups included).

Before Harper was born, Eric and I (being the somewhat pretentious foodies that we are) declared that we would never be “kid’s menu” parents. Our baby would eat what we were eating. No doubts about it. I experienced this realization years ago when we went out to dinner with some of Eric’s old friends.Their 3 year old was straight up eating steamed clams right out of the shell. At that very moment I thought to myself: YES, that will be our child.

Finally some fresh baby-led weaning ideas for 6-10 months! Gotta check this out!

So what does this have to do with BLW? Gold star question. The theory behind this method is that babies are naturally curious beings. When they are ready for solids, if we put a couple of pieces of apple, banana or avocado on their highchair and just let them explore, we are speaking to their inner desire to figure things out for themselves. Think about it: how often in your life have you not wanted to do something simply because you were forced to. By letting baby take the lead at mealtime, you are allowing them to decide what to eat, what they like, and how much to eat.

In the last post we discussed which foods were best for getting started: simple, soft foods in fist-sized pieces. If you have concerns about choking, I suggest reading this NY Times article before getting started. My sister-in-law, Shannon, who also had great success using this method, told me about these neat self-feeders which are a good medium if you want to try baby-led weaning but are afraid of giving your baby pieces of food.

Of course when you decide to introduce different foods is totally up to you. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I would do things differently the second time around.

I used this handy printable to keep track of all the new foods we tried when starting the BLW process.

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Below you’ll find some ideas and recipes for foods to introduce starting at 6 months and up to 10 months.

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An amazing list of ideas for baby-led weaning. When I did this, I had a hard time finding ideas for 7-10 months. This post has some great ideas & info!

Best Foods for Baby-Led Weaning

6 Months

+Mashed Avocado & Banana

+Puffs (I like Happy Baby Organic or Sprout Organic)

+Homemade Yogurt Melts

+Steamed/Roasted Carrots, Butternut Squash, & Sweet Potato (in handheld “stick” shape)

+Earth’s Best Baby Oats mixed with Organic Whole Milk Yogurt (I would put this on a spoon and she would feed herself which took her a few tries to master – see yogurt massacre below)

+Black-eyed peas, Steamed Green Peas & Shelled Edamame (I would steam these 3 foods until soft and then smush them slightly with my finger)

+Avocado Toast (cut into sticks)

Finally some fresh baby-led weaning ideas for 6-10 months! Gotta check this out!

7 & 8 Months

+Banana Avocado Muffins

+Easy Cheesy Broccoli Bites

+Frittata Fingers

+Yogurt Bark 

+Breakfast Meal Ideas

+Fusilli Pasta with Avocado Chunks & Cubed Cheese

+Organic Valley Colby Jack Cheese Sticks

+Quartered Oranges

+Halved Cherry Tomatoes

+Berries

Finally some fresh baby-led weaning ideas for 6-10 months! Gotta check this out!

9 & 10 Months (this is when we introduced the common allergens and white meat)

+Shellfish/Seafood: Steamed or Roasted Shrimp, Thick-Flaked Tuna (like in the first picture), Grilled Salmon, Homemade Fish Sticks

+Chicken & Turkey: Homemade Chicken Nuggets

+Peanut & Almond Butter: Lightly spread on Whole Grain Toast, Waffles or Pancakes (cut into handheld shape)

+Strawberries

More Baby-Led Weaning Resources!

How to Get Started with Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

Best Gluten-Free Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning

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Best Foods for Baby-Led Weaning. Tons of meal and food ideas for 6-10 month olds!

 

Disclaimer: As I’ve mentioned before, I am just a mom, not a doctor. So if you have concerns, always discuss them with your pediatrician. 

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15 Comments

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    simplemountainmama
    August 24, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Thanks for this post! One of the things I love about BLW is that you don’t need special recipes or separate meals for baby. But as I was doing it I was always second-guessing myself about what to introduce when. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

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      Marla
      August 24, 2016 at 7:45 PM

      I did the same thing. I think the second time around I will be much more easygoing with when I introduce different foods. It’s all about the learning experience!

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    Kathryn
    August 24, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Oh my goodness i love those pictures!!
    I love the banana avo muffins idea. Today i made blueberry muffins but i am definitely going to give those a try.

    Lovely ideas xx

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      Marla
      August 24, 2016 at 7:43 PM

      Thank you! She loved the banana avocado muffins – and bonus – they freeze really well! We also love a good blueberry muffin in our house!

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    Shahla
    August 24, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    These pictures are adorable!! What a cutie! Love how clear you made when to share what!

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      Marla
      August 24, 2016 at 7:41 PM

      Aw, thank you so much! I had a hard time finding that info when I got started so I wanted to pay it forward!

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    Lauren
    August 24, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    I love all your food suggestions for babies month to month! And my little one’s fav first food was bananas. Super informative post, mama!

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      Marla
      August 28, 2016 at 8:27 PM

      Thank you so much! Bananas were a real fav!

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    Jess
    September 26, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    This is super helpful thank you! Just wondering with the smashed banana and avo, is that just slightly smashed and then chunks put on the tray in front of them? Would this be a good first try or something easier to pick up? He’s 6mths…

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      Marla
      September 26, 2017 at 7:28 PM

      You’re Welcome! If you check out this post you can see pictures of how I mashed up the avocado for Harper’s first try at solids (she was also 6 months old). I mashed up the banana similarly the first time and then after that I sliced the avocado into “handheld” pieces and just split the banana in half so she could hold it in her hand. The first time I really just wanted to let her explore, taste, play, etc. Hope this helps!

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