Baby led Weaning – Getting Started

Baby led Weaning – Getting Started


There are a lot of books, blogs, etc about doing Baby-led weaning (BLW), so this is not a definitive guide. This is basically a resource on how to get started and some of the tools you might need.

What is Baby-led weaning?

This is my explanation: It’s basically allowing your child to feed themselves by introducing foods after 6 months of age. There are a number of foods you can begin with, but begin with foods you can cook and make so soft that they can easily swallow the food. Here are a few examples:  Potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.  You don’t wait to introduce new food and you basically allow the child to decide what and when they want to eat. Don’t worry about how much they are eating. By 7-8 months they should get the hang of it.

A benefit we saw is that our child was able to use utensils and a cup earlier. He had a lot of interest in different foods and while he is older now and a little bit more opinionated, he is still a pretty good eater and will try lots of stuff.

Don’t worry about a lack of teeth, they can figure out it out.

With baby-led weaning the child might gag, be sure you know the difference between gagging and choking.

And just one thing, it’s messy!

What do I need?

You don’t need to do anything special for baby led weaning. Just cook what you might already be cooking, but here are some of the things that were suggested that might be useful to you.

A mat for under the high-chair can be helpful to help contain the mess. You could easily use an old vinyl table cloth as well.

I love these Ikea Bibs. I have a bunch and have bought them for Passover and during the regular year. It’s clear which ones are for Meat meals and Dairy Meals. And they go right into the dishwasher.

The Mandoline was suggested as an easy way to cut the vegetables. I am so worried about cutting a finger off, but it really does speed up the process.

A friend of ours suggested these gloves to help protect your fingers.

This is the book about Baby-led weaning, but try your library, you might find a copy there. The recipes also has some great ideas.


Baby Led Weaning – Starting solids with foods straight from the dinner table!




Baby Gift Ideas

Looking for a gender-neutral gift for a baby shower or for a new born baby gift, here are a few ideas:

  • 80% cotton/20% poly
  • Imported
  • Set of 10 soft terry washcloths 9″x 9″
  • Soft and smooth for baby’s tender skin
  • Practical and perfect for bath time
  • Bright color prints in assorted patterns
  • Recommended for all ages
  • Set of 10 soft terry washcloths 9 inch x 9 inch
  • Soft and smooth for baby’s tender skin
  • Practical and perfect for bath time
  • Bright color prints in assorted patterns
  • Recommended for all ages
You can never have too many washcloths.

  • Front 75% Cotton/25% Polyester Back/100% Peva
  • Imported
  • 10 pack knit terry/ water resistant droller bib boy and girl, Knit terry/ water resistant droller bib, 5 app characters/5 embroidered sayings. bib colors: 2- pink, 2-green, 1- yellow, 5- white
  • 10 pack knit terry
  • Water resistant droller bib boy and girl
  • Knit terry/ water resistant droller bib

Funny book: HTML for Babies on Amazon

This is a pretty funny picture of a baby reading a book about HTML. The time have certainly changed and what kids know about computers and technology will be so different that what I and my friends knew. Before they are even two they already know about swyping with technology, even if they haven’t actually touched technology. They know so much.

I wanted to see how much a book like this cost on Amazon and while they don’t sell it directly there are some people who will charge you a ton of money.

Check it out:
HTML for Babies on Amazon

 And don’t forget about CSS for Babies (Web Design for Babies, Volume 2)

Seventh Generation Diapers

I’m a big fan of Seventh Generation diapers for disposable diapers. My children are petite and regular brands like Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, never really fit them correctly. Seventh Generation have been great and for the most part I haven’t really had any problems with them. My second child has been pretty dry during the day time for months, but has large diapers overnight. So I was excited to see that Seventh Generation has put out an overnight diaper. They are great. I no longer have to change the sheets every day. ‘

Amazon is currently running a sale on the over night diapers. You get 20% off for being an Amazon Mom if you Subscribe & Save. Plus there is a $4.00 coupon. This is a good steal.

Seventh Gen. – Baby Overnight Diapers, Stage 4, 24 Count (Pack of 4) = 96 total diapers

Inflatable Bath Tubs

A friend of ours had an inflatable bath tub for their little one in the shape of a duck. I kept it in the back of our mind prior to having kids. So when the time came to purchase an inflatable tub, we purchased the duck as well. It was great for traveling with the kids before we were ready to shower them and before they could sit in the bath. Our duck has now gone through my two children and my nephew. It has been awesome.

If you have girls, you might be interested in the Disney Princess inflatable bath tub. It’s on sale for $12.50.

Disney Inflatable Bathtub, Princess

or you could always go with the adorable duck:

Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

Once they grow out of the duck, I would suggest moving into just using a laundry basket.