I started out on this blogging journey as a registered dietitian on a mission to share nutritious and delicious recipes that are easy to prepare and wallet-friendly. I took a break once my miracle baby, Caleb, came into this world. I thought I may shut this little space of mine down because so much of my time was devoted to raising him. Then we started introducing solids, and once again, I found myself exploring in the kitchen, this time w/conjuring up healthy recipes for my little human. Nowadays, when developing recipes, I aim to make fruits and vegetables the star, while staying away from refined sugar and processed foods as much as possible and being mindful of the sodium content.
When it was time, we decided to skip the purees completely and dive straight into giving him finger foods and promoting self-feeding. Hello, baby led weaning (BLW)! I know this is not for everyone, but it is what felt right for my family.
What I love about BLW, to name a few:
- The baby can join us at the table and feed himself (I found that I had zero patience for the airplane spoon game)
- teaching the baby to self-regulate as he gets to choose what and how much to eat
- allows the baby to explore different textures, flavors, colors, smell, which may prevent or lessen picky eating later on down the road
- helps develop babies’ hand-eye coordination
- baby will learn to chew first before swallowing
So when can you and your baby start? I exclusively breastfed my baby until he was 6 months old adjusted age (he was born premature at 35 weeks). Studies show that there are no benefits to introducing solids before then. It’s best to wait until their digestive and immune systems are ready.
Some signs to look for are:
- can sit up with little or no support
- reaching out and grabbing things
- Putting everything into mouth
- showing great interest when you’re eating
My baby wasn’t all that interested when he turned 6 months (adjusted age). So I made it a priority to eat in front of him so he could observe. Slowly but surely, he started reaching for the bowl and smacking his lips.
I started to keep a daily food diary on Instagram (as well as videos of him eating) to not only keep track of all the foods I’m introducing him to, but most importantly, to keep myself accountable. It really motivated me to continue and persevere as the beginning stage of this journey was rough. The baby wasn’t eating hardly any food (which is to be expected), and I kept questioning my decision to do BLW. But consistency and persistence played a vital role in our success! Check out the boxes below for more details!