Welcome to the third question of Mothers Tell All: 10 Baby Led Weaning Q & A Series by Real and Unfiltered Mamas. In this series, mamas answered: What were some of the first foods you offered?
I was super excited to start the baby led weaning process. If you read the second post in this series, How old was your baby when you started BLW? What signs was your baby showing that she was ready?, you know that a little before Lennox was six-months-old, I tried some homemade purees with him because he was showing extreme interest in table food. Since I introduced him to some purees first but then decided to do baby led weaning, I stopped offering him solids for a week to reset the process. I did this to avoid chewing confusion.
Baby led weaning consists of a baby holding and exploring their food. When giving them purees, they are merely swallowing and not learning how to chew. The week interval that I gave between offering purees and starting Baby Led Weaning allowed Lennox’s new and developing brain to forget to swallow immediately to avoid choking on his pinky-sized, baby led weaning food.
Of course, after Lennox learned how to chew and digest food properly, we added yogurts and other soft foods to his diet. It was also convenient to carry around bagged purees for when we went out and about, but I highly suggest holding off on purees until your baby understands all the eating motions fully.
The first foods that I offered Lennox were vegetables, to avoid him craving the natural sweets of fruit. Below are some of the beginning vegetables that I provided to Lennox.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Unfortunately, I did not take pictures at the time to show how to cut or prepare the food for baby led weaning correctly, but Jenna Helwig offers graphics in her post “How to Cut Foods For Baby Led Weaning”.
After a week of offering vegetables, I started introducing fruits. Here were some of Lennox’s favorites:
Then, after a month or so of fruits and vegetables, we started offering proteins and starches.
Bread with butter or peanut butter
When Lennox was around nine months, and once we knew he didn’t have any allergies to any fruits, vegetables, or proteins, we started offering seafood and shellfish, which was a big hit. We were astonished when at 9 months old he gobbled up a plate of Caramelized Sea Scallops where we work. Below is a video of Lennox eating spinach and tilapia at ten-months-old.
Lennox loved trying an arrangement of food and I seriously credit baby led weaning as being one of the reasons why Lennox is such a healthy eater. It allowed him to explore and experiment instead of just being spoon-fed mush.
As a 23-month-old toddler Lennox still adores food. He will go and sit at the table when he is ready for his meals or snacks. That is another benefit of Baby Led Weaning because table eating and partaking in family meals is how baby-led weaning works best. Babies and children mimic everything their parents do. I am just glad he doesn’t have my sweet tooth. Today for lunch I served broccoli and chicken nuggets. The plate is clean of broccoli, and leftover are the nuggets. I also made oatmeal raisin cookies (damn sweet tooth of mine), and Lennox wasn’t interested in them at all. It makes me wonder how my eating habits might be different if this phenomenon was implemented more back in my childhood.
One of Lennox’s favorite meals : TYPICAL LATIN AMERICAN SHRIMP CEVICHE
Questions in this series
8/11/19- Question 6: What did you like/dislike about BLW?
9/11/19- Question 7: How did BLW benefit your baby?
10/11/19- Question 8: How does your child eat today?
11/11/19-Question 9: What were some of your favorite baby products for BLW? Highchairs, utensils, bibs etc.?
12/11/19- Question 10: If you had the option to do it again, or with your next child, would/will you do BLW again?
Question 3: What were some of the first foods you offered?
Thank you to the mamas who submitted your answers. We still have seven more questions, so mamas, if you have done Baby Led Weaning, please share your experience with us!
Other mama’s responses to Question 2:
Kassandra at Adelaideandi
Sweet potato, avocado, potato, squash.
Emily at This Crazy Maze
Avocado and sweet potatoes
1st: sweet potato, avocado 2nd: avocado, eggs, bacon