Parenting is a minefield of information and just as you find your rhythm with all the methods and ways to do things, your baby hits a new milestone – weaning – and all the fun starts again!
As we approached little one turning six months, I was becoming increasingly anxious over how to start Baby Led Weaning. I was completely clueless, and as the majority of my family members had never chosen this method of weaning, I didn’t really have anyone to turn to for advice either. I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours I spent on Google and Pinterest trying to find some advice, or at least something to help ease my anxiety, alas, nothing availed. Considering that I’d never actually heard of Baby Led Weaning until I was six months pregnant, it didn’t really come as much of a shock that aside from the general weaning advice, there was little information out there on Baby Led Weaning. So at six months old, we apprehensively handed over the food and started weaning our little man. Now four months later, we’re a lot less clueless so I thought I’d start sharing parts of our weaning journey. Last week I introduced you all to Baby Led Weaning, so now you know what it is, I thought I’d continue with how to start Baby Led Weaning…
What Foods Should I Start With?
- Avocado on toast
- Sweet Potato, mashed or roasted
- Meat & Fish, strips and no bones
- Butternut squash soup
- Carrot & Parsnip, roasted
What Foods Shouldn’t I Give My Baby?
There are just a few foods you should absolutely avoid giving your baby before they are 12 months old, these are:
- Baby Shark, Swordfish & Marlin
- Raw Shellfish
Things To Remember
- ‘Food before one is just for fun’, ultimately the first year is to introduce baby to new tastes and textures whilst teaching them to chew and swallow food. So, don’t stress if it doesn’t happen straight away, remember this is BABY LED, so it may be a slow process.
- Baby Led Weaning is messy, but it’s a learning experience for your baby.
- Serve foods that are large enough for your baby to hold, and make sure they’re soft (if you can squish the food between your thumb and finger then it should be okay for baby).
- Gagging and choking are different; gagging is ultimately a safety mechanism which helps to bring large pieces of food forward, therefore safeguarding against choking. It’s worth knowing the difference, I’d recommend you check out the signs of choking and what to do if your child is choking.