A Simple Introduction To Baby Led Weaning

December 6, 2017

Baby led weaning is one of the most natural ways to introduce your baby to solid foods, and it also allows you to introduce healthy foods from the beginning. Not sure what baby led weaning means or what it involves?

Lucky for you, we have Rebekah Thompson here of Surviving Toddlerhood to tell us all about it! Rebekah is a mom of 3 little guys, and she has some great tips and tricks for everything BLW!

This simple introduction to baby led weaning will give you all the information you need to know to start your baby eating table food.

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The following is a guest post from Surviving Toddlerhood. To see more from Rebekah, visit her blog!

As a first-time mom I was so excited to start solids with my baby, so as soon as we had the go ahead from the pediatrician we started solids at five months with excitement.

At the age of two my oldest son was diagnosed with leaky gut and we learned that our early intro to solids may have played a part into it. He already had a weak immune system from his cesarean section birth, and adding in purees and cereals so early may have further caused weakening in his compromised gut.

So, after researching baby led weaning when my second was a baby, I decided to give it a try.

The basics of baby led weaning are:

  • Waiting until your child shows readiness signs for eating solids. These can include: reaching for food that you are eating, being excited when they see food, following the food with their eyes, sitting up on their own, they have reached the age of six months, and your baby has outgrown the tongue thrusting reflex.
  • Using real whole foods to feed you baby instead of purees and cereals.

Some good first foods include:

  • egg yolks
  • avocado
  • bananas
  • peas
  • squash
  • mashed potatoes- sweet or regular

You can also find more ideas for first foods to introduce during baby led weaning here.

Baby led weaning was so much easier for our young family than using modern purees. When the baby started showing signs of being ready to eat, we simply took the same food that we were eating and gave it to baby.

This simple introduction to baby led weaning will give you all the information you need to know to start your baby eating table food.

Tips for baby led weaning:

  • With meats, you may want to wait until baby has some teeth to chew, or just cut the pieces up extremely small.
  • Start baby slowly with single foods so that you can watch for food allergies.
  • Once your baby has tried several single foods feel free to try something with more flavor, like spaghetti, soups and stews, and casseroles. Pancakes can also be fun for your little one’s breakfast.
  • Remember that food before age one is just for fun. Breastmilk will provide all the nutrition that your baby needs until the age of one. After that, it is still a huge complimentary factor to a toddler’s well-rounded diet.

Our second son didn’t really start eating food until the age of nine months. But once he started eating solids he was hooked. Mashed potatoes were one of his favorite foods, followed closely by meats. Veggies were hit and miss. Fruits, I tried not to offer too frequently because I wanted him to eat more veggies without looking for the sweet taste of fruit every meal.

I don’t really remember when the third boy started eating solids…that sounds horrible, but he did start eating at some point before one year. 😊

Baby led weaning is a gentle approach into weaning your child from the breast. By using the signs that baby is ready to start ingesting foods, it may be easier to slowly start cutting out nursing sessions if that is what you are hoping to do.

Otherwise, it can be used just for extra nutrition as your child ages. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until six months and encourages women to breastfeed their babies until two years of age.

Did you do baby-led weaning with your baby? What were your baby’s favorite BLW foods?

More info on raising babies:

The Ultimate Guide To Hiking With A 6 Month Old

The Easiest Way To Wear A Newborn

Why Should I Use Natural Baby Products?

About The Author:


Rebekah writes at Surviving Toddlerhood, where her mission is to encourage mommas of littles in faith, motherhood, and natural living. She and her husband have been married for eight years and have been blessed with four boys. Rebekah is a lover of fiction, running, baking, and birth {she fulfills her birth junkie need by serving the women in her community as a birth and postpartum doula}. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.


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