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Valentine's Day 2015- first meal- pureed carrots!We started with purees at 1 week prior to 5 months old. I had planned on waiting to start feeding her solids until 6 months but she had different ideas. Some of her first foods were pureed carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, kale and peas. She took to eating like she had been doing it her whole life.
Baby led weaning pretty much means when you give baby whole pieces of food instead of purees. We started this at about 6 months old. We still give Adalyn a bit of pureed food here and there such as applesauce, spinach and yogurts.
When we are eating a meal, most of the time, Adalyn gets some of what we are eating. She eats way more than I ever knew a baby could. She will eat for 45 minutes to an hour straight each time. I am so proud of her that she is a good eater because good nutrition is so important.
*Note: she is 9 months old now, we started baby led weaning at about 6 months
-Raw: tomatoes, cucumber
-Steamed: zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, green beans, peas, turnip, eggplant, sweet potato, regular potato, asparagus
-Pureed: kale, spinach
-Peaches, plums, nectarines
-Grapes, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
-Kiwi, mango, cantaloupe, watermelon
-Peanut butter, almond butter
-Beans (black beans are one of her very favorite foods)
-Chicken, venison, pork, beef
-Dairy (cheese, plain Greek yogurt)
-Whole wheat pasta
-Iron fortified baby oatmeal (to ensure she doesn't get a deficiency)
-Cheerios- she loves to pick these up and feed herself.
There are a ton more foods that I am forgetting but these are a good representation of some of the foods that she eats. I know that a big concern with baby led weaning is the potential for choking. You should always watch your child when they eat and never leave the room. A few times. Adalyn has had issues but was able to cough everything up okay. I think it is all part of learning.
This way, Adalyn can get enough nutrition in even away from home. Also, when we go out to eat, there is too much salt and sugar in the food and these have no added salt or sugar (they do have juice concentrate in them). She tried the sweet potato apple carrot and cinnamon and loved it! I could not feed it to her fast enough. Therefore, she took it into her own hands (literally) and fed herself. this was the first time that she fed herself something like this with a spoon. Except for being messy, it actually went quite well. She liked the little bits in it too.