BLW Baby Led Weaning What I Fed My Baby During the First Month

What I Fed My Baby During the First Month of Baby Led Weaning

One of my favorite activities as a parent so far has been introducing new foods to our son, Hewson. I was fully prepared to make the typical mushy baby food until I found out about baby led weaning. And guys, I have to tell you: IT IS AWESOME. It did feel a little overwhelming at first, though, so I decided to share with you what I fed my baby during the first month of baby led weaning.

It was encouraging for me to remember that “food before one is just for fun” and that babies still get their main nutrients from breastfeeding/formula. So no need to stress about how much baby is eating, but I was still concerned about his nutrition.

Technically speaking, with true BLW you’re supposed to feed your baby exactly what you eat. But I didn’t feel totally comfortable with that because of a family history of food allergies. (Also, we do eat a lot of spicy food in our house.) So we did choose to do foods one by one for the first month and then go from there.

What is Baby Led Weaning? The short version is this: instead of purees, babies feed themselves. I wish that we called it baby finger foods instead of baby led weaning, BUT the basic tenants are this:

  • Baby feeds him/herself, you never put food in his/her mouth
  • Baby can control what goes in his/her mouth and learns to chew instead of just swallowing food right away which, in theory, would reduce the likelihood of choking on solid foods.

But here’s the deal, you MUST wait to feed your baby solids (ALL SOLIDS, including purees) until all three of these things happen:

  • 6 months
  • He/she can sit up unassisted
  • Shows an interest in solid food

I also want to tell you that you should absolutely talk to your pediatrician before you start BLW. This is just my experience and I’m certainly not a medical professional.

But if you want to do some research, you should should purchase this book:

 Baby led weaning book - what i fed my baby during the first monthThe Official Baby Led Weaning Book

I also recommend:

The Official Baby Led Weaning Cookbook

I am excited to start making some of these recipies as they’re all portioned for two adults and a baby. They’re all low-salt (which is great for everyone, massively important for baby) and there’s lots of variety. Now that I know what Hewson can handle, I feel much more confident.

A few other things that will be helpful if you decide to do BLW:

Baby led weaning bib

A “Dinner Jacket” as we call it. The one on the top is from IKEA and we LOVE it! But if you don’t live near an IKEA, the one on the bottom is from from Amazon. I have five of them and they’re dishwasher safe on the top rack. It saves you from having to give baby a bath every time the eat… because it can get messy!

This Ingenuity High Chair

It is SO easy to clean. No cloth parts (because that’s stupid, high chair maker people. Stop doing that!) and the straps are SO easy to clean. It also grows with your child and you can take the top part to be portable. We didn’t do a ton of research before buying, but we lucked out because this one is great and super inexpensive.

Sometimes, depending on what you’re eating, you don’t need the dinner jacket. So a plain bib is fine, but it is helpful to have these Baby Bjorn bibs as well because they catch a ton of food. These are also dishwasher safe on the top rack.

This crinkle cutter makes food MUCH EASIER for baby to grasp. It’s often just too slippery.

Finally, sometimes there were items I wanted him to get a taste for, but I was nervous about the size as a choking hazard at first. Hewson loves frozen berries in this thing.

What Hewson ate ages 6-7 months:

Hewson has been interested in food since about four months. He used to watch us longingly as we picked up our food and drew it to our mouths. He even licked his lips. So by six months he was READY. (We started two days early when he stole a piece of asparagus off of my plate and we knew it was time.)

I have to be honest and tell you that I was freaked out about choking, so I have made it a “rule” to never give him anything thicker than a pen. So I keep everything long and thin so that he can grab it easily, but I don’t worry about him choking. We have had zero issues with this policy.

So with that in mind, Hewson ate the following things in (roughly) this order:

Asparagus*
Avocado
Broccoli (just the florets on top, see picture)*
Sliced apple
Sweet potato*
Hummus
Berries in a silicone holder (see above)
Berries in oatmeal
Cauliflower*
Cauliflower tots
Scrambled Egg
Tomato Slices
Black beans (cooked)
1/4 string cheese stick
Banana
Bell peppers
Cucumbers
Dill pickles
Rice
Zuchinni pancakes
Turkey sausage
Plain baked chicken

* Indicates that the item was steamed

We have given him purees like these after he learned to chew and we felt comfortabe that he knew how to handle the difference, but this was about 7.5 months. The Beach-Nut Coldpress Organic Purees are great to have in the diaper bag when you’re out and about and don’t have anything prepared or if baby can’t eat what’s on the menu. I should say though that BLW experts say that switching between purees and solids can be dangerous and confusing to baby, so make SURE that your kid knows how to chew first. We have found that Hewson doesn’t really like purees, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

His favorite foods are BY FAR broccoli, tomato, and hummus. I think he greatly prefers savory over sweet, just like mom and dad.

I hope that is hepful to you! Anyone have any interesting foods that their baby loves? I’d love to hear it!

 

xoxo,

 

Nicole




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23 Comments

  • Reply Jessica May 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Like you I’m also just learning about BLW having having fed my two older children puréed foods and I am in love. It is definitely nerve wracking trying to let them feed them selves but so much easier at meal times. My baby’s favorite foods so far are avacados and bananas. I haven’t thought of giving her hummus(good one), but it is one of my middle daughter’s favorites 🙂 Thanks for the bib recommendations I will have to order one from amazon since BLW is very messy, but awesome. Love your blog. Look forward to reading more from you. 🙂

  • Reply Dolores May 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Great ideas and suggestions! I just introduced some purees to my daughter and am hoping it’s not too late to try this approach instead. She always reaches for our food and now wish I had started with BLW. How did you introduce hummus? Just put a spoonful on the tray? This could get messy but I love it. My older daughter is so picky with food. Hoping daughter number 2 likes more foods!

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette May 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks! It has been a godsend for us! And to answer your question: I actually “dipped” the hummus in broccoli and let him suck it off of it. I put it in the florettes part and he loves it that way. Hope that helps! Good luck!!

  • Reply Kylee June 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    When you started giving him the solid foods how many teeth did he have? Just out of curiosity. My daughter is three now but I really enjoyed the oar and gave me great ideas for future children!

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette June 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks for reading! Actually my son doesn’t have any teeth yet! You’d be AMAZED what they can do with no teeth!

  • Reply Kristie June 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve just started BLW and it’s been hard. Many foods we try, baby doesn’t like! But this gives me a great guide and some foods we have yet to try. Thank you for this post!

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette July 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!

    • Reply Janet August 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      as a daycare provider and mom, I’ve found that texture is a big issue with some babies. perhaps wait a couple of weeks and try again. they accept more as the mature. also maybe try it a different temp. a lot of babies like cooked COLD veggies better.

      • Reply Nicole Jeannette August 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

        I think you’re right. I love that you “re-offer” foods. Sometimes my son won’t want something so I wait a few days and then he eats it all up.

  • Reply Johanna July 7, 2017 at 4:15 am

    This is exactly what mothers keep asking: What EXACTLY do you give your child. Thanks for the insight!

  • Reply Julie July 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    For the cucumbers, pickles, apples…things like that…are you using the crinkle cutter for those?

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette July 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Hey Julie, Yes! As he has gotten older I haven’t needed it at much, but it really does help him bite off the right size pieces and also pick it up!

  • Reply Leah July 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Question: what was the frequency in which you gave him these foods? Same food for several days? Did you start with one time a day and work your way to two or three?

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette July 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      It kind of depended, but for the most part I gave him one or two at a time. That’s not necessary and, according to the most recent research, totally unnecessary, but I felt safer doing it that way.

  • Reply Laura July 25, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I’m so nervous to try, how “long” of a piece of everything do you give?
    Can you just come to my house and help me?? Haha, I am really just nervous about choking!

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette July 26, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Yeah girl! What’s for dinner? LOL
      But I say about the length of your finger. I might make a video and put it in this post because a lot of people have this question. Watch youtube videos about 1)how to clear an obstruction and 2)the difference between gagging and choking. Those made me feel much more empowered. Gagging is sad/scary, but it isn’t choking. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  • Reply Racheal July 26, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Were the cucumbers and peppers raw? How’d baby do with gumming foods like these?

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette July 26, 2017 at 7:53 am

      I generally get rid of the skin on the cucumber and then also he kind of scraped the meat off of the pepper’s skin. I know a lot of people lightly steam them! Hope that helps!

  • Reply Chasity August 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I would love to see a video of a feeding session with your little one! I know it’s too late now that he’s older! My LO is 6 Months next week and I have done some rice cereal the past few weeks, but have stopped that and am trying to work into BLW. Do you help them eat the foods that get “mashed” by the when they are learning to grab it?

  • Reply Priyanka September 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hi, thanks for the great post.
    How do you give him the apples? My son has just started to do solids in his hand and doesn’t have teeth but he can definitely bite through the apple slices and it has been big pcs that he gags on. Thanks for your help!

    • Reply Nicole Jeannette September 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Priyanka! So I sliced them thin like shoestring french fries or I used the crinkle cutter in the post. When my baby didn’t have teeth he was able to bit off a little bit easier with the crinkle cutter. Hope that helps!

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