I always wanted to be the mom that made homemade baby food, using nothing but local, fresh, organic ingredients to fill my babies' bellies when starting them on solids.
THEN REAL LIFE HAPPENED.
Not only did I not make homemade baby food, but our babies never quite took to pureed food in the way I had imagined.
When our pediatrician gave us the green light for rice cereal for our first daughter, I was ready to embark on the mission of transitioning her to solids.
Only to find myself confused about the entire process. The baby food aisle at Target was overwhelming, causing me to ask questions like,
What foods could I introduce first?
Do I need to buy organic?
How do I know when she’s ready to try other new foods?
But really, all I wanted as a new mama was to feed my babies nutritious foods and help them develop healthy eating habits from an early age. Which was why I was excited to learn about Baby-Led Weaning.
What is Baby-Led Weaning?
Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) is an approach for introducing babies to solid foods around the age of 6 months. My favorite part about this entire process is how it encourages your baby from a young age to eat intuitively, as they learn how to self-feed. And BONUS - you can skip the runny purees and mealtime battles of trying to spoon feed your baby!
I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about this process and trying it with my own kids. To my pleasant surprise, our babies all did great with baby-led weaning, and I feel that this was an important foundation for them in creating a healthy relationship with food.
While I will cover this topic in greater depth in upcoming blog posts, here are five key tips for transitioning your baby to solids using the baby-led weaning approach, so you can also get them started on a lifelong appreciation of food: