Baby Led Weaning Starter Foods (6months+) 6


Have you decided to try the Baby Led Weaning approach to feeding your baby solids? Here are some fantastic ideas for the best starter foods, and the how-to info on preparing them! 

Starting at 6 Months, these foods are great ways to begin introducing solids to your babe.

 

Preparing Grains

Oats– Prepare according to package directions, and help baby by spoon-feeding. Or, try these Oat Bars from No Drama Little Mama which are super simple to make!
Rice– Most of the teething biscuits on the market are rice based, you could introduce rice that way with no fuss. You can also try Trader Joe’s Frozen Brown Rice, which is super sticky when prepared and serve plain. Another great idea are these Mini Salmon & Brown Rice Cakes from Little Grazers.
Bread – Toast and top with a bit of butter, nut butter or sunflower butter. Opt for a whole grain variety and limit to one slice a day since it tends to be high in salt/sugar and may cause constipation.
Pasta– Opt for pieces of pasta (cavatappi, rigatoni, penne) rather than spaghetti or linguine. It’s easier for babies to grab. Choose whole wheat if possible for added fiber. 
Teething Biscuits– Require no preparation and are perfect on the go! Some of my favorite brands are:
Baby Mum Mums
Happy Baby Organic Gentle Teethers
Plum Organics Baby Little Yums

Preparing Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits- The fruits I’ve listed above are soft and really require no preparation at all, aside from peeling (banana, mango) or slicing (watermelon). Slicing them into pieces shaped like a french-fry spear can be helpful since it will make them easier for baby to grab, but it’s not necessary.

Vegetables– Steaming is the best method for prepping veggies for babies & toddlers since it retains the most nutrients of any cooking method. You want to cook them until you can squish a piece between your thumb and forefinger. Veggies like broccoli & cauliflower can be left a bit firmer so that baby can grab the stem and use it as a “handle”.

Preparing Proteins

Steaming is suitable for proteins like beef, fish and chicken and will retain lots of nutrients. Cut these into french-fry like spears or shred into bits for baby.

Egg Yolks can be served scrambled or hardboiled. Beware of serving them runny since this heightens the risk of salmonella. Egg Whites should be saved until baby’s first birthday, because the proteins might cause an allergic reaction. 

Yogurt – This one will require a little assistance from mom or dad and can be fed with a spoon. You can also try these Fruity Frozen Yogurt Snacks from tbsp.com, though a plain variety of yogurt is preferred over a flavor since flavored yogurts contain LOTS of added sugar. 

Cheese – No prep needed. Buy pre-sliced cheese from the deli, shredded cheese or a block of cheese and offer large chunks to baby.

 

Want some more information about BLW? Click through to this introductory post!

I hope these ideas help you get started feeding your baby lots of different flavors and textures of food. Or if you’ve already started, what recipes or preparations have you used for your little one? Let us know in the comments below!


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6 thoughts on “Baby Led Weaning Starter Foods (6months+)

  • Julie Woodall

    I am really surprised you listed yogurt. As a grandmother, I was told when my kids were little no yogurt as their was a bacteria in it that could be harmful. I asked my daughter whether she had also heard babies could not have yogurt and she said they were told not to feed her babies yogurt.

    • Dana Simkins Post author

      Hi Julie- While it’s true babies under the age of 1 should not be offered cow’s milk, yogurt made with whole milk is perfectly fine and actually a great source of nutrition (high in protein & a source of probiotics). The bacteria in yogurt break down the proteins in milk that are difficult for babies to digest. Cheese is also acceptable from 6 months on. Let me know if you have any more questions, and thanks for reading!

  • Alice

    Hi,

    I’ve just started weaning my daughter (she’s 6months) I’m constantly panicking she’s going to inhale the food and choke to death, e.g tonight I fed her some banana, she loved it, sucked away at it, suddenly a piece of it was missing and I was convinced she was going to choke on it. She was of course fine and thought i was mental whisking her out of her high chair. Any tips for the nervous mum?!

    Thanks,

    Alice

    • Dana Simkins Post author

      Hi Alice. First of all I want to say, it is totally normal to feel nervous. I’ll admit I was nervous when I started BLW with my daughter. As a first time mom, there wasn’t much I did with her that DIDN’T make me nervous! So, I hear you! But, keep in mind that because your baby is controlling the way she takes in her food, she is actually less like to choke than if you were feeding her purees. At 6 months babies have very few (if any) teeth which means the pieces of food they are able to gnaw off are extremely small and unlikely to cause choking. Also, make sure you know the difference between gagging & choking (check out my other post on BLW here. Gagging is a perfectly normal part of the process and actually helps baby learn to properly swallow food. Choking is obviously much more serious, but very rare. Also, be sure to offer her large pieces of food rather than tiny cut up pieces. Believe it or not this lessens the chances of choking since as I said above she will be gnawing off teeny pieces with her gums. Hope this helps, and thanks for reading!

  • Brianne

    I’m thinking of doing this with my baby (6 weeks now so I have time) but our pediatrician said eggs whites were fine after 6 months but to do them by themselves for 3 days (all the typical jazz for allergies). What type of yogurt do you use? We have always used 4% plain Greek yogurt and puree fruit to add some flavor and cut down on added sugar. This blog was awesome for ideas! Did you overcook your pasta or leave it Al Dente?

    • Dana Simkins Post author

      Hi Brianne- Yeah, egg whites are on the “likely to be allergens” list, so a lot of doctors say to avoid them before one year of age, but some docs disagree. We always have whole milk (4%) plain greek yogurt in the house. I like greek yogurt not just because of the higher protein content, but also because it makes less of a mess since it’s thicker and stickier. We sometimes add a fruit puree or some fresh berries for sweetness, but my daughter will eat it plain too. I cook pasta the same way for the whole family, a little bit al dente and have never had a problem. Glad you’re enjoying the blog!