baby led weaning

“Bananoat” (Banana Oat) Cookies

If your family is anything like mine, you probably hear, “can I have some fishies?”, “can I have some raisins?”, “can I have a cookie?” about a hundred times a day. Pippin is a prolific snack monster. I’m forever trying to find a good substitute for goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, and all the other processed foods that are prevalent in today’s toddler diet.

Here’s one that really works for Pippin and I. I love it because it has no added sugar, it keeps well for about a week in the fridge, and it’s so unbelievably easy to make, Pippin could do most of it by herself. Pippin loves it because it tastes good. It’s also another great first food for baby led weaning. Merry’s only had one so far but I think it’ll be one of her favourites as well.

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Getting started with baby led weaning

We follow the current guidelines on when to introduce solids (at least six months old, showing all of the signs of readiness). Merry turned six months on September 1st and just started sitting up on her own on the 4th, so it’s baby led weaning time! This is our second run with baby led weaning, as we did it with Pippin as well.

Baby led weaning is, in short, the process of introducing solids to a baby with actual table foods rather than purees. The baby is fully in charge of his own eating. Baby led weaning works on the principle that a baby will only be able to pick up, chew, and swallow a food that he is developmentally ready to eat. This was a natural choice for us, since we put a lot of emphasis on letting children lead in their own development.

Here are some of Merry and Pippin’s favourite (and very easy to prepare) foods for babies aged 6-9 months (note: with all these recipes, omit the salt and sugar):

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