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You can start with finger foods such as: Cheerios Baby snack puffs Small pieces of bread Cut-up chicken, meat, and fish Pieces of cooked eggs Diced cooked vegetables Small pieces of soft fruits Diced up soft cheese Cut-up cooked pasta Teething biscuits Infant cookies and. Some of the best foods to begin baby-led weaning include steamed or boiled vegetables, avocados, soft fruits like very ripe pears and bananas, eggs and soft cheeses. Weaning is the process by which babies who were fully reliant on milk are introduced to solid foods. It starts with the first mouthful of food and ends with the last feed of breastmilk or formula. baby cereal with mashed prunes, peaches or pears.

Breastfed babies need iron around 4 months and most baby cereals are iron-fortified, so we give her oatmeal cereal. We initially tried rice cereal, but there are mixed opinions on it due to traces of arsenic. mashed (or in the feeder tool) banana and avocado (didn’t like at first but now loves). When first starting baby led weaning, begin with steamed and sliced food so the infant can easily chew and swallow the items. Give soft fruits and vegetables initially. Then introduce lightly cooked harder foods that can be easily chewed with bare gums.

Soft foods should be soft enough to be mash with the tongueor your finger. Baby-led weaning can start at age 6 months or older. This is the age at which most babies can sit up by themselves and grab onto objects and bring them to their mouths. Their digestive systems have also developed enough that they can handle solid food.

Here’s what to expect when you start baby-led weaning. Around 6 months of age, most babies are able to feed themselves soft finger foods—even if they have no teeth. By offering finger food first, you enable your baby to set the pace, to practice critical skills, and to discover the joy of eating. Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a method of starting your baby on solid foods by letting her feed herself. Instead of feeding her soft or pureed food, you give your baby safe foods to pick up and eat on her own, at her own pace.

BLW is thought to encourage healthy eating habits and fine motor skills. And it’s easier for parents and more fun for babies. Whether you start with purees or baby led weaning, starting with flavorful and nutrient-dense foods is a simple way to think about introducing foods to a baby. I love simple foods like roasted sweet potato, avocado, banana, and applesauce as first foods for a baby.

What age should baby start eating foods?The only case where Rapley recommends reverting back to 100% milk or formula diet before starting Baby Led Weaning is when a baby is younger than 6 months and has been started on purees already. But there is no reference or mention in the book that this step is required for choking prevention.

List of related literature:

Although some babies take quickly to baby-led weaning and never have a single spoonful of puree, others aren’t ready to eat finger foods at 6 months and remain dependent on breastmilk or formula.

“Baby to Toddler Month by Month” by Simone Cave, Caroline Fertleman
from Baby to Toddler Month by Month
by Simone Cave, Caroline Fertleman
Hay House, 2011

Normal weaning practices are followed: solids are introduced at one meal then two and three times per day and the infant progresses from smooth purees to lumpier foods and finger foods during the first year.

“Clinical Paediatric Dietetics” by Vanessa Shaw, Margaret Lawson
from Clinical Paediatric Dietetics
by Vanessa Shaw, Margaret Lawson
Wiley, 2013

First weaning foods are: • Puréed fruits and vegetables with no added salt or sugar, e.g. banana and cooked apple, yam, carrot and potato • Non­wheat gluten­free cereals, e.g. maize, rice and sago, mixed with breast or formula milk.

“Foundations of Nursing Practice E-Book: Fundamentals of Holistic Care” by Chris Brooker, Anne Waugh
from Foundations of Nursing Practice E-Book: Fundamentals of Holistic Care
by Chris Brooker, Anne Waugh
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2013

A physician’s responsibility in weaning is to advise the mother concerning the initiation of the appropriate solid foods, which probably should begin at 6 months of age and usually not before.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

The nurse should explain the problems involved with early introduction of solid foods and encourage parents to wait until the infant is physiologically ready, at 6 months of age.

“Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women's Health Nursing E-Book” by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book
by Sharon Smith Murray, Emily Slone McKinney
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2017

The ordinary weaning process begins with the introduction of solid foods at around four to six months and is completed gradually over the next six to eighteen months, depending on the baby and the mother.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Pocket Books, 2011

Weaning Weaning on to solid foods is again a matter of individuality.

“Black's Medical Dictionary” by Bloomsbury Publishing
from Black’s Medical Dictionary
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005

Because a younger baby’s digestive system is not yet mature enough to handle solid foods well, babies who start solids before six months are at higher risk for the following:

“Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that solids be introduced between 4 to 6 months ofage, with solely breast-fed infants starting solid foods closerto 6 months.

“Griffith's Instructions for Patients E-Book: Expert Consult” by Stephen W. Moore
from Griffith’s Instructions for Patients E-Book: Expert Consult
by Stephen W. Moore
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

Infants should be breastfed for the first 6 months and preferably for 1 year, be introduced to some solid foods after about 4 to 6 months, and receive iron-fortified cereal for at least 18 months (see Chapter 31).

“Maternal Child Nursing Care” by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, David Wilson
from Maternal Child Nursing Care
by Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, et. al.
Elsevier, 2013

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  • Thanks for making this lovely video. I’m 2.5 weeks in on blw. I already started see a lot of progress. I can’t wait to see my boy make more progress like your son!

  • I used baby led weaning with all 3 of my kids and they are the best eaters now! I always recommend it to new moms. People are always shocked when I tell them we didn’t do any of the rice cereal or anything, just real food!

  • Thank you so much for posting this!! I just started blw for my 6 month old and the lack of information out there made it difficult! I can see it’s a progress and it’s okay shes not eating all the food. (It barely gets to her mouth, still learning)

  • Great video as always! Loved your pregnancy video about nutrition. Thats why I came back to this one. You do an awesome job with your research. ♥️♥️♥️��

  • Hi! What about iron intake?
    I know breastfed babies only have enough iron to last until 6 months, so do we give a supplement as baby wont be getting very much in at all.

    Thanks

  • I found this video very useful. I’ll be weaning my little one in a couple of weeks and this video has helped me feel ready and confident. Thank you.

  • Here’s another tip
    If you’re ever eating something and he really acts like he wants a bite, but you don’t want to share, just say it’s spicy and he’ll run away hahaha! Jk Erin you’re doing a great job. Mines almost 3 now and honestly the rule that matters the most is letting them do things their own way. Sometimes it’s challenging but you can always make them think they are doing it all by themself, and teaching them how to ask nicely for helpas well as always being there to help, will be great to keep on your mind. These babies just grow up so fast. Babies love smoothies. ������

  • While he is taking finger food, do you still spoon feed him purée aside? Since the food is all on floor and messy around the table than inside baby’s mouth?

  • Thank you so much for making this video im on my first vegan pregnancy and i really needed this information please keep making stuff like this! You guys are so amazing and have helped me so much never stop the great work that you are doing!

  • My baby’s pediatrician is anti baby led weaning. I was only asking her about what she thinks about baby led weaning and she imediatelg got a bit angry with me telling me “do you think a 6month old baby can chew?” No we already talked about weaning stick to that! �� i still tried to give my baby a steamed carrots and she loves it!!! And contrary to what she said ny baby can chew! She never gagged not even once! Im thinking of changing her dr very soon!

  • Sophie, I’d love to know your thoughts on how and at what age to serve the following foods to a baby in blw:

    Tomatoes inc cherry tomatoes
    Citrus fruit inc satsumas
    Grapes
    Green leafy veg such as spinach, kale, lettuce, cabbage.

    Thanks for great videos I’m already more confident with Blw because of this video.

  • I’m indian and broccoli and avocados are very expensive here but my baby wont eat any of those expensive food and will only eat potatoes. She even hates bananas or apples. She literally throws all of her food and she is almost 1.5 years old. I’m so sick of her not eating and it’s so depressing.

  • “POI” IS THE PERFECT BABY FOOD. Hawaiian dish made from the fermented root of the taro which has been baked and pounded to a paste.

  • My baby recently turned one & I really wish i had known about this led weaning. I’m having an awful time getting her to eat solids. Thanks so much for this video! Love your content ❤️

  • I would make sure the peel on the cucumber is tender enough, but I’d still probably peel most of it and see how good they can chew. But I don’t mean to be critical at all. I’m glad to see you introduce solid foods a bit later and are a nursing advocate. And I only weaned at the “magic age” of one with my first child (it was the early 80’s, so nursing past one was looked down on a lot…). The longest I had a child nurse was 18 months with this method (self weaning). The shortest was 9 months with #6…he was just done. I was more broken up about that one:D. But think raising children to be adventurous eaters and to recognize hunger and their appetites is a great goal.

  • Love the video, liked seeing the progression. Did you experience lots of spit up after breast milk, either from nursing or bottle, then also lots of spit up continuing after purées and or food? Baby is 7 m and the spit up is never ending. Happy spit up tho. She also just got 4 teeth up top in about 2 week time frame and already has 2 teeth on bottom. She loves food it’s just the spit up that follows basically thru nap time and until next time she is hungry. ��‍♀️

  • He’s adorable! My daughter is 8 months old and can’t eat nearly that much food. I never thought of doing the eggs in a strip ����‍♀️ that would make clean up so mulch easier. I need to let her try more stuff. I’m always so nervous. ��

  • Thank you, I’ve watched this video a few times, it’s great! Did you do a follow up video on first foods, Rupert favourites and preparing foods? X

  • I think to get more water in I just kept the sippy cup everywhere we were & more grabable & always in vision�� but he’s getting breast milk & water from all the fruits he eats too so that is great. It will slowly shift overtime��

  • Great video. Will follow your advice and tips when I start weaning my baby in a few months time. Also her baby classes are fantastic. Really informative and fun. Some great ideas for playtime! Beth Webb

  • Please make sure babies have all 20 teeth before you introduce raw salads. It will prevent choking and aversions to foods in adulthood.

  • For a clueless first time mum this video is fantastic! Still nervous (obviously) and looking forward to some ideas on recipes but feeling a lot more reassured that it isn’t as scary as i thought and quite looking forward to the mess:-)! thanks again Sophie!

  • Sophie thank you again for your amazing knowledge and encouragement on BLW. We are just starting our weaning journey so this is very helpful for me and my hubby. You are so good at explaining things and keeping it in simple ‘mum’ terms that make it easy to understand. Thank you for all your videos and for the daily and weekly classes. You are a star �� ❤️��

  • How cute! So fun to see how they progress!
    My son is 7 months and 9 days, I wanna start introducing solids. So nervous and I don’t know what to try first lol

  • I love how you recorded all of this! I wasn’t vlogging when we did BLW. This is a great way to remember these precious times.

    Also, baby led weaning for the win ��

  • I hope everyone’s having a good day. I just wanted to say Jesus loves you all, He is the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, and He is coming back soon to judge everyone on the earth!! So many bible prophecies have been coming to pass (just look it up), and everything is aligning up and pointing towards the second coming of the Lord Jesus. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, just know that He has given you time today to repent, because tomorrow is not promised to anybody (not even Kobe Bryant). Everyone, Jesus is the one and only person who can save you from hell and give you eternal life. We’re all worthy of punishment and absolutely no one has not sinned, making us all unworthy for heaven, and we would all be in hell right now if it weren’t for Jesus (Romans 3:23-28). But Jesus has given us all time to repent and turn to Him in our lifetime. Jesus died for all our sins, He took the punishment for sin so we don’t have to. God is holy and just, and any and all sin MUST be punished and accounted for, and everyone who has not been justified by the punishment of Jesus will face punishment for their sins. Real and true faith in Jesus is the only way to be saved, and for your sins to be forgiven before God. If you would like to turn to Jesus today, live your life for Him, get to know God’s love for you, have Him break all the chains from sin and death, and receive forgiveness and holiness from God (because without holiness, you cannot enter His Kingdom, Jesus gives you that holiness), then pray these words to God, and mean it with all your heart:

    “Dear Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I believe you died on the cross for my sins, I ask you to forgive me of all my sin, cleanse me of all unrighteousness, I repent. I put all my trust into you! Come into my heart to be my personal savior. Amen!”
    Seek Jesus through the Bible and through prayer, and He will reveal Himself to you ❤️ Time is short! Jesus is coming soon, repent!

  • I saw the video this fella went on about on how you were starving Max with so much false information. It made me sick. I’m a new vegan. My hubs & I decided to do 40 days just to see what may or may not happen. We’re on day 26. I’m loving it, where he is having such a hard time. So I did a little more research. From what I’ve learned our blood types need different foods. He is meant to be a meat eater where I’m meant to be vegan. Having said that if you guys are an A blood type meat and dairy can do so much more harm then say a person with O blood. I’ve had stomach issues most of my life and never knew why. For me vegan is not just a diet, it’s a life style and I’m loving it!

  • Thankyou so much for this video, it’s come just in time as we are starting weaning in a couple of weeks!! So excited to get started now ��

  • Is it safe to baby led wean if you have already started puréed foods? My baby has had home cooked purées for about a month now. Another question, do you give them the food raw or steam/cook it the first times?

  • Hi! I am a member in Brian Johnson group on FB and I just supported you ��

    Btw, i chose that thumbnail as well when you asked for opinion in the group!

  • I stumbled across this video and am SO thankful I did! My son just turned 7 months and is doing the motions you mentioned whenever I eat. I think he’s ready for solids! I was just too scared to switch it up, until I saw this video. Thanks so much, super helpful. Do you happen to remember what other solid foods you’d give your son? I know you mentioned avocados and bananas.. I have to learn to venture out of my comfort zone and I’m stuck in the Apple, pear, sweet potato, zucchini phase.

  • Really helpful video to tackle the minefield of baby weaning.
    I found this video after doing some of Sophie’s online baby classes, which are equally as brilliant. Thanks so much Sophie ����

  • And so if they don’t stop gagging it’s considered chocking? When do you scoop your fingers in and take the food they are gagging on out?

  • Omg first of all you are such a wonderful mom!! And you have one happy adorable baby:) This information is so helpful, thank you for this!

  • I’m japanese.I will try to challenge BLW,but there is no Japanese book.
    This movie helped to understand!
    Tank you so much for makimg to this movie!

  • Love the plant based feeding for Baby Max!! Super informative content.. thank you! I love that you’re supporting fruit for baby ��

  • That video has really helped me. I’m 1.5.months into blw but my baby has gagged a few times and i was beginning to feel scared and stressed that Id made wrong choice or was doing it wrong. Yet I can see my baby is enjoying blw and it seems so much better than purees for getting a baby properly familiar with food and the experience of eating.

    I can’t wait for your video on the actual foods….I need to see some ideas and feel less alone in what I’m doing.

  • I am a first time mom and my baby just turned 7 months today. I was curious if babies need to have teeth in order to start BLW? Thank you!

  • Just found your channel and absolutely love it. So much great info about feeding a vegan baby. I have a little Max too (Maximilian). The Pediatric Guide is great. Thank you for great content. Justyna from Scotland.

  • You said you gave the baby scrambled eggs… My boy is now 71/2 months old.. But I have started with giving egg yolk only… Can we give whole egg and one more doubt please can you tell after giving egg after how many hours can i give him milk. Thanks

  • Why do you people do that?
    Transforming eating time into a struggle when it should be a relaxing moment.
    Do you think that without this, he won’t be able to eat by himself when he grow up?

  • hi lindsey…..hello my friend…beautiful video….your channel is amazing my friend……i subscribed you…i draw 3D illusion drawing….have a nice day….

  • thank you so much for your channel! I am mixing foods with purees for my baby because my husband isnt on board and I am hoping your channel helps him become more comfortable with more solids. She is so curious at almost 7 months and I want to facilitate and do what is right and healthy for her development.

  • my son started with pureed foods. Now, when I try to let him eat by himself, I’m scared that he might choke because he bites big chunks. also, he still doesnt have teeth at 8mos.

  • Thanks for the video! I’m planning to start BLW with my baby soon.

    Would you mind telling me how do you season your food? I’m always worried about their salt intake.

    Thank you!

  • I found this video so helpful as a first time mum, and I’m now super excited to start weaning my little girl in a few months so thank you �� my daughter also has a cows milk protein allergy so a video on your experience weaning a baby with a CMPA would be great (once you’re a few months into that journey perhaps) thanks again! X

  • Hello Sophie!
    Thank you for all you do to keep us first time mummies sane during lockdown. Absolutely love your content classes, play idea, weaning everything!

  • Love this! I just found your video since my baby will turn 6 months next month and this helped give me ideas. When did you first give him water? My daughter is still nursing, well she’s only 5 months afterall but I was just curious as to when he had his first cup of water.

  • LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this video! This is so helpful! My son drinks a lot of water! He actually has the same cup as Max. Our son love to drink water, maybe you can get him to drink water before you change his diaper (before and after) and with snacks? Thank you again for all these tips!

  • Thank you for this video! You’ve made it seem a lot simpler just what my lockdown brain needs! I’m so excited to start Rosie’s BLW journey soon!

  • Just came across your video cause our granddaughter is 9 months old and also led weaning and her dad my son’s name is Teran as well. In the
    22 yrs only have heard 3 times a boy named Teran. Your little Teran is gorgeous

  • Can u taste seeds in smoothies or are they mashed up? Just asking if seeds can be eaten/drank whole in smoothies if blender is not powerful enough

  • As in vegan diet lifestyle myself overseas how about this recommendation try lentil sprouts as part of daily diet, takes only an overnight soaking and eating the next day with salad dressing or raw tahini or any nut cheese.

  • I was looking forward for this video. Thank you so much, this is amazing and now I feel more more confident, starting my baby weaning soon…well done with Max, he is an amazing lovely boy

  • Hey i have a question for Erin. I wanted to ask before having your beautiful baby boy, have you ever struggled with your periods? I am currently struggling with mine and my doctor told me i need to gain weight eventhough my weight is healthy just not enough for periods. Have you ever faced a similar problem in the past? All i want to be is fit and healthy like you guys look and feel:)

  • This will be very useful in a few months time… loving all the videos that i can use to help develop not only my 4 month old but also my 2 year old too ��

  • So wonderful to hear/see your take on plant based baby feeding. It has reassured me that I’m doing all the right things with my 8 month old lil boy. ❤️

  • Hi great video. I was wondering if you can share what you use to record? I want to start recording my 6 month old and make a little video like this one
    Thank you!

  • Even though my son is now 42 yrs. I still love watching you with Max. I did the same as you are doing now with Max. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to nurse as long as you have but I did feed him plant based. Because of that he loved all foods. He was not a picky eater at all and still is not. He still eats like a horse. LOL. Thank you for sharing your world with us and encouraging the new moms to feed their babies healthy and getting a great start in life. My son rarely got sick growing up and has not had any cavities. I know it is because he had a good healthy foundation to build on. Keep up the good work.

  • This has calmed my nerves so much. Thank you for sharing!
    My baby has 2 teeth and her 3rd is cutting, but I’ve been so nervous to start transitioning away from purees because I’ve been worried about how she would chew with only 2 teeth. She has shown all the signs that she’s ready but I’ve been nervous about how and when to transition.

  • This is really helpful Sophie, thanks! We are doing Baby Led weaning since she was six months and it’s been great because we can all eat the same meals and adapt how we serve it to her. Less fuss for us!

  • This was helpful. My son just turned 11 mo and im still On purees. Im so nervous he will choke. I try to give him prices of food but i think im making it too small bc he cant seem to move it around and he gags. This is hard ��