How I discovered and embraced Baby-Led Weaning/Feeding (BLW)

A few weeks ago I sat at the dinner table and watched Clara furrow her brow as she focused on a centimeter square piece of omelet that was sitting on her dinner tray. She reached a chubby arm and closed her dimpled hand over the egg, raking it closer, before clutching it in her tight grip and transferring it to her mouth. It took some effort, but she succeeded, and thoughtfully chewed and swallowed the omelet before looking around for more. I actually blinked back a few tears in awe and pride.

Clara is not quite six months old and is eating on her own like a little champion. She is slow, messy, and doesn’t actually ingest all that much, but gracious me, she is not picky! In fact, quite the contrary, she wants to eat everything. In solid form, too.

How did we get here? No drippy rice cereal? Brown-colored puree? Well, while I was still pregnant with Clara, my doula tipped me off to a method for introducing solids called Baby-Led Weaning, or as I like to call it, Baby Led FeedingI have no intention of weaning Clara yet, but have been supplementing her diet for a month or so now using BLW.

Baby-led feeding is the common-sense practice of giving your baby soft, palatable whole foods and letting her feed herself her first ‘bites’, while continuing to breastfeed. The theory is that babies will experiment and discover food at their own pace, as well as develop new abilities including chewing and keen hand-eye coordination.

I’ve certainly seen firsthand the benefits of skipping purees and moving straight to solids. Not only is it less work in the kitchen, but Clara is continually astounding us with her early ability to chew and participate around the dinner table. And of course I’m hoping in the long run that she’ll be open to a much wider range of food than my boys were.

What are the advantages of BLW?

Skipping purees and going straight to solid food sure sounded attractive to me, as I never enjoyed the spoon-feeding days with my boys, but I have to admit, I wondered if it would really be a success. It only took a few days for me to observe that a baby who is ready and eager to eat, as Clara was, is completely capable of handling, chewing, and eating solid foods.

In brief, here are some of the advantages of BLW versus jarred baby food/purees:

  • Baby eats what you eat. So, no extra meal prep, dishes, etc.
  • Babies are in control of what they are eating. They stop when they are full, or continue when they are hungry. There’s no (less?) power struggles.
  • Babies are more likely to be better eaters as toddlers and young children because they have been exposed to such variety of taste and texture, and been in control of their eating, from such an early age.
  • Babies feed themselves, leaving you free to use a knife and fork of your own – while supervising, of course.
  • Babies learn to chew first, and then swallow, as opposed to just letting the puree slide down, which, in my opinion, makes for a difficult transition to chunkier food and real solids.

Getting Started

Whether Clara is a budding ‘foodie’ or not, I have to credit BLW for giving me the confidence to set whole foods down in front of my tiny little girl – and allowing her to swipe an occasional slice of tomato off my plate.

We started, unofficially, at 4 months, when she tucked into an ear of corn and proceeded to give it about 20 minutes of her time. From there we moved on to chicken bones, with shreds of meat attached. I had noticed the signs of early teething, so likely the corn and the bone felt good on those sore gums; still, she was obviously interested in food. I just wasn’t sure if her tummy was ready.

By 5 months she was holding a peach and sucking the juices from it. We moved on to vegetables, some braised meats, and pancakes and her chewing improved drastically. A favorite food was oven-roasted zucchini sticks.

Hand-eye coordination and dexterity already surprised us at (almost) 6 months. She now eats as if hungry, although food is still like a toy for her and she gets most of her ‘food’ from breast milk.

Tips for Baby-Led Weaning

Watch for signs that baby is ready.

We eat together as a family every evening as a way of creating a healthy family food culture. While sitting on my lap at the dinner table, Clara would take my hand and gently redirect my fork to her mouth. It doesn’t get more obvious than that.

Other signs we noticed were:

  • intently watching others eat
  • making little noises and sucking motions with her mouth
  • drooling

BLW and a Whole Foods Diet

Families that are striving for whole foods diets are already on the right track to Baby-Led Weaning. Most of the foods on your table are suitable for baby, too, meaning they feature organic ingredients, and are for the most part, unprocessed.

What a time-saver when the entire family can sit together and eat the same dinner!

Clara’s Diet:

I’m starting slowly with Clara, so although she’s been grazing for almost two months, her diet is still limited. I’m holding off on grains (difficult to digest) save for a triangle of French Toast here and there, as well as dairy, although I may try goat yogurt soon.

I’m also waiting on very sweet fruits such as banana, blueberries and pineapple. I’d prefer if she formed an attachment with vegetables and savory flavors before going ‘bananas’, as it were, on sweeter food.

  • chicken, usually braised until soft and tender
  • beef, some steak, some ground beef (easy to pick up and chew)
  • salmon
  • peaches, pears, whole or sliced, very ripe, peeled
  • strawberries
  • broccoli, whole steamed florets
  • sweet potato, zucchini ‘fries’, baked
  • avocado
  • corn on the cob
  • carrots, roasted
  • scrambled eggs & omelets
  • French Toast, pancakes

Right now we’re waiting for Clara to be a little stronger when sitting up, and then it will be time for a whole new menu! Squash, apples, beets – fall has so many lovely foods that I can’t wait for her to try.

Here’s what a few ‘real food’ mothers have to say about Baby-Led Weaning:

Nicole, The Art of Simple.

“BLW has been super fun. I’ve been amazed at the dexterity Hallee has acquired in less than two months. I like that with BLW I am teaching my baby to put food in her mouth and chew it (or suck/gum it to start), rather than teaching her to swallow first, which is actually a little backwards if you think about it.”

Katie, Kitchen Stewardship.

“Baby-led weaning may mean that my 12-month-old eats like a carnivore who loves fruit but I’m okay with that. It feels really good and natural to trust his instincts (except when he throws food overboard onto the floor), and I haven’t missed the special cooking and reheating of “baby food cubes.” My little guy hardly ate anything until 10 months old and then had 4-5 foods he enjoyed, and I’m so glad I didn’t feel like I had to feed him so much food and so many choices. Those power struggles over the highchair tray aren’t worth it.”

Brittany, A Healthy Slice of Life.

“Hailey eats what we eat! I make sure it’s modified to fit her needs (soft, long pieces with no spices), and we can all eat together. And if we’re out? She can eat off our plate- no spooning her food! So far, I love baby led solids.”

Looking ahead

I’ve been told to expect a bit of a lull around 7-8 months as babies get over the novelty of handling and eating foods, but pick up with renewed interest around 9 months. We shall see. I think once Clara discovers how her mama can cook she won’t want to leave the table! *wink*

For me, there is no haste to make and freeze cubes and bags of frozen puree. Clara will eat what we eat and celebrate the seasons and the variety they bring. I’ll definitely be reaching for the The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook along the way.

Now, if only we had a dog to take care of the mess under the high chair…

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Comments? Questions? Experienced BLW parents, I’d LOVE your input!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I LOVE baby-led weaning! My child (13 months old) has never accepted eating from a spoon. He loves to feed himself, and he eats everything. He is a little slow in the teething department, but he can eat practically everything we eat. The other day he ate 4 or 5 apple slices (including the skin) without any problems chewing. We are still breastfeeding (and plan to continue for a while) but dinner has become his favorite time of the day because of all the new tastes, textures, smells, and colors he gets to explore. Eating is more than nutritional for him. It is a total sensory experience.

  2. We follow this same approach with our 5-month-old. Audrey is eating avocado, banana, salmon, etc.

    Quick question for you: Do you worry about choking? I tend to feed little bits of whatever we’re eating to our baby instead of letting her hold the food. A whole ear of corn or bone of chicken would make me a little nervous. Your thoughts?

    • Stephanie,
      In this method, it’s fine to let baby hold BIG pieces of food. It takes some getting use to. A whole ear of corn won’t harm her, she’ll work out her hands and suck the corn juice off of it. Bones should be BIG with no loose skin , meat or bones. She’ll suck and gnaw. As baby gets older and has teeth, that’s when I feel more comfortable with smaller pieces of food. The point is for baby to play, learn, test and work out her hands, mouth and tongue. AND have fun!

      • The signs you said that showed your LO was ready mine is already displaying at two and a half months. I feel it is still too early so given that she is already displaying interest should I just start at four?

        • I would NOT start at 4 months honestly. Despite signs of readiness I would wait until 6 months. When you read the book by Gil Rapley (available on Amazon) it speaks of studies they’ve done that indicate babies under 6 months old just don’t have a stomach for food yet, literally. While some may do fine, I prefered to wait until I was sure her digestion was ready.

    • Hey! I’m enjoying this post. I didn’t realize the way we have always fed our babies (our third is 11 months old) was a “thing”! I just wanted to say re: choking hazards – we let our kids eat big chunks of soft foods, too, but we also cut things up into pieces. But lots of foods are good as is – like one of our favorite “easy” dishes is “cheesey quinoa” (instead of mac-n-cheese) and it sticks together in perfect-size clumps that are impossible to choke on, but stay together well enough to get to the mouth. BEANS! Our kids have always loved beans! And black beans are a perfect size to just eat. Sometimes I still chop a kidney bean in half, though.

      That said, we also do some spoon feeding too – at least once a day our little guy gets yogurt or a puree or something fed to him with a spoon. But then while we finish OUR food, he eats / plays with the food on his tray, and the rest of us enjoy our meal.

  3. This is great! I wish people would talk about this more. I LOVE this method. I did it with my first and now I’ve started it with my 2nd (currently 7 months). We call it BLF at our house, too! It makes feeding the whole family less stressful. It also encourages us to keep our meals fresh and healthy!

  4. Found this on Pinterest. I think this is the first post I’ve seen of a baby actually going through BLW/F, not just the information. Great information! I like you’re terminology of feeding better than weaning, because we aren’t weaning yet, just adding solids to the diet. We did modified BLW, since apparently you’re supposed to soft cook the food first, with my almost 3 year old and she is an amazing eater. Our second is two weeks from 6 months and starting to show signs of interest, gonna start on the green peppers and broccoli first.

  5. I absolutly LOVE this method. At about 5 months we started this with my now 14 month old daughter. We got a lot of negative comments from people who did not know about this method. I stuck to my guns and followed my little ones lead. It has been the best decision we have made. At 14 months old she eats EVERYTHING! She is in no way a picky eater. Baby led weaning has so many benifits, I wish more people would learn and embrace it.

    • I used this method with my son as well ( he is now 5) he is and always has been a great eater. never picky. and every doctors appointment from day one, i am told that he is in absolute perfect health. im glad that i also stuck to my guns with the way i chose to feed him and ignored the many negative comments i would receive.

  6. Be careful! I successfully did this with my first, then did this with my twins sons and ended up in the ER with anaphylactic shock due to a milk and egg allergy after trying a pancake. With my 4th I plan to do this but stick to only meat and veggies/fruits. Can’t be too careful!

  7. My daughter is 6 months and we have been doing BLW since 4.5 months. My first has a feeding tube, my second was spoon fed and now we are BLW! I love it so much! She was an early sitter and showed interest at 4.5 months. I couldn’t believe such a tiny babe could eat whole foods! Thanks for the post. I’ll be repinning it for my skeptical friends to read!! 🙂

  8. I love the idea of the method and we are starting my little girl on it. She is 5 1/2 months old. I have her a carrot last night when we ate. It was steamed and soft, but not mush. After just a few tries, she successfully got the carrot in her mouth and began gumming it. A small piece came off and she gagged until she spit the piece out. Is this normal, or should the food be very mushy? My husband freaked out and declared that he “doesn’t like this,” but I really want to give it another try. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • I asked a lactation consultant who told me about BLF about this, and her response was: It’s important to remember that gagging is NOT choking. Gagging is the reflex babies rely on to prevent them from choking. In fact, in very small babies, the gag reflex is triggered much father forward in the mouth (which is why when you spoon-feed very early, they often spit out half of what you put in). It’s how they protect themselves as they learn to eat.

      I don’t like seeing a baby gag, but in my experience, they gag all the time when being spoon-fed purees, so I’m not sure BLF is going to result in any more or less than any other method. *shrug*

  9. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing between BLW and purees. I do some of both. For example, I give my 7 month-old lots of finger foods such as apple slices (to suck on and gum), big slices of avocado, steamed broccoli, soft tofu cubes, pieces of roasted squash or sweet potato, etc., but I also puree up things like peas and give it to her on a spoon. There’s a way to follow the baby’s lead here too. I simply hand her the spoon and she feeds herself. Sometimes I just lay the spoon down on her tray and she picks it up and puts it in her mouth herself. Other times I thicken up something pureed with rice cereal to the point that it becomes thick enough for her to actually pick up with her hands. I did this with some lentil soup we were eating, for example.

  10. Amanda Blaquiere says

    We’re planning on doing baby led weaning/feeding as well.
    I was just wondering when you give Clara eggs, is it the whole egg or just the whites or just the yolks? I’ve heard different things about eggs.
    Thanks 🙂

  11. Hey there… interesting post. We’re just discovering a more “natural” way of living. So, can someone help me out…
    1. What stops a baby from shoving the whole thing in their mouth and choking?
    2. What about common allergens like eggs and strawberries? Do you just not worry about that stuff?
    Thanks! Blessings!

    • Hey Charity,
      Thanks for your questions!
      1. In the early stages, the baby is usually breast fed first, so they are not ravenous when placed in the high chair. It is most exploratory at the beginning, and my Clara pretty much picked at her food, squished it, and put a little in her mouth.
      2. One still follows the basic method of introducing foods as they would with purees. Not too many new ingredients at once, so you can isolate a food if there is a reaction.

      Hope that helps.

  12. Hi Aimee!
    I love your entry! 🙂
    We just started BLW with my 6 month old baby boy. We started with avocados, then carrots and now potatoes. My baby doesn’t like to hold the food, sometimes he holds it for a second, food gets squished in his hands then he eats his fingers. Is that normal for early days of BLW? I’m really clueless! I’m learning all this with the baby.

    • hiya, its perfectly normal for babies to just squash food and lick it off teir fingers, same as not wanting to hold it. he will get there eventually. in the early stages of BLW its all about getting used to to look and feel of food, and occasionally getting it into their mouths, for a while they will not eat a whole lot of it so keep up with either bottle feeding or breast feeding whichever you are doing.
      we started very late with our daughter as we didnt know anything about BLW, she was having purees and hated being spoon fed, the shock on my face when emily picked up her first lump of food and ate it!! she began just squashing and licking off her hands until she was ready for attempting the chewing, keep up with whatever you are doing and good luck

  13. I’ve done baby-led weaning with my first two (now ages 5 and 2) and will start soon with my third. My two older children are fabulous eaters — they love sardines, anchovies, vegetables, meat, and just about everything else. They’re happy to try new foods and we rarely have battles. They only thing they flat out refuse is spicy food (totally understandable) and they get tired of eating the same thing over and over (like oatmeal for breakfast). I don’t know if BLW is the cause but I certainly won’t be changing to purees!

  14. Very interesting running across this idea. My youngest, 8 mos, has been doing this since about 4 mos. We didn’t plan it though! She was always watching us eat and trying to get at our food. I did some puree bc that is what you are “supposed” to do, but I’m lazy and it was much easier to just let my girl nom on what we were eating. She has a wide range of foods she likes and I’m thrilled because we love cooking and trying new dishes. If we go for baby four I will definitely be letting my LO lead the way. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  15. Although it didn’t have a formal name when my daughter was born, my mother taught me about letting my daughter feed herself from the table. I also believe it’s a lot easier and healthier than using jar foods. We started with mashed potatoes and green beans and moved on to other foods, allowing her to try whatever she wanted that we felt was safe. She even loved lemons, and still does to this day! After her first year, she never touched ‘baby food’ again after eating bits of turkey, dressing and other goodies at Christmas. Sh

  16. Hi there! Just ran across this googling about 7 month old feeding schedules. We’re doing the whole puree/jarred baby food thing, mainly because of WIC but I’ve been looking into letting Genevieve try out new textures and holding her food. So far, we’ve tried banana and she wasn’t too keen on touching the sliminess, haha. After reading this I’ve been wondering if why she refuses fruit so much is because it’s the same old stuff and it’s always mixed with oatmeal. I worry about allergies and such but at the same time, I question the food charts that say when to try a new food. Do you have any good suggestions about foods to try for a new baby to BLW/F? I thought about maybe steaming a carrot and letting her pick it up and nom on it. I know she’s ready to move beyond purees because she’s always so interested in our drinks and food. Speaking of drinks, how has your transition to the cup gone? Do you use sippies or just straight to a regular cup? Gen is bottle fed so she’s being super picky about her cup. The doctor and WIC both are already nagging that she needs to be off the bottle completely before a year old. Any suggestions or should I just ignore them and let her do what she wants? I think they say it just because of their teeth.

  17. I discovered BLW 3.5 years ago, when my twins were 6 months old. THANK GOD! I am so grateful that I didn’t have to mess with all those purees. As almost 4 year olds my kids are completely normal in their eating habits. Yes, they eat things I wouldn’t have expected (my daughter loves grape tomatoes and my son is a fan of salads!), but they can have their pickiness too. My daughter will not eat potatoes in any form but as a french fry frozen or from a restaurant (won’t touch my baked fries at home!). We still have eating battles (they want dessert with every meal, which is an ongoing struggle), but I do think BLW helped my kids develop a taste for a wider variety of foods than many other children I come into contact with. I’m always so excited to hear of others going the BLW route. 🙂

    • I almost forgot to add my favorite quote from the BLW world. “Food is just fun until one!” This mantra helped me to remember it was okay for them to not eat some days and just relax and let them take the lead instead of trying to shove food into them. They got their nutrition from formula and did not *need* the food. It was simply an exploration and learning experience.

  18. Hi, I just came across this from Pinterest! I have a 2 year old who loves to eat! He has been obsessed with Bananas since he was like 4 months old or so! I did not know about this theory. I wish i did. He used to love cabbage, lettuce and some other different foods. Now i am having trouble getting him to eat that. Im not sure if its because i didnt try this or what. I wish i had known about this sooner! 🙂 Do you have any advice to get my son to eat the stuff he used to? I hate to think he might become picky!!

    • I’ve found that around 2yrs old they start to become a little picky, as they learn to exert their independence! Keep offering things (in our household, you get what’s made for the meal, you can choose to eat it or no) and eventually he will try things again!

      I’ve also found it helpful to have them help with the meal prep- whether it’s tearing up some lettuce, washing something (in a sink of water!), stirring something, picking it from the garden. choosing it from the store… when they’re involved, they’re more likely to try things!

  19. i think this is awesome! I’ve tried it with my 10 month old unsuccessfully though. he’s a preemie, born at 29 weeks and he has several food intolerances – dairy, soy, corn, egg, tomato and peanuts. his adjusted age is 8 months and he loves to eat, but every time i try to give him anything ‘solid’ he chokes. i’ve tried semi-mashed bananas, baked sweet potato and regular oatmeal. he chokes every time. he loves to suck on apple slices, but all he gets off that is the juice. any tips for us?

    • It’s fairly common for babies to gag on foods, especially at the beginning. They have a gag reflex that is more in the middle of their mouth which slowly disappears.

      I would continue on, but give him larger pieces of food he can hold (like a stick of banana or roasted sweet potato for example) rather than mashed up stuff. That way he can hold it and suck on it like the apple, and will slowly gum off bits of it and learn how to manipulate food in his mouth. Steamed broccoli and cauliflower are also great beginning foods, as they have a built in “handle”. And if he loves apple slices, maybe try some steamed with a little cinnamon- my girls love those! 🙂

  20. Kelly Fuller says

    I loved this article!! I have never heard of BLW but this is what I have done with both of my children — my daughter is 21 and my son is 2. 🙂 They both started teething around 4 months and it just felt right. We went slowly and were very careful. My doctors flipped, several members of my family flipped. I have a pic of my son eating ribs when he is about 7 or 8 months old. When several people found out it was real, they were beside themselves. He is now 2 and eats almost anything I give him — tries it at least. He stops when he is full — even his favorite ice cream. I am so glad that I have a name for what we did!!

  21. I really hope people talk to their pediatricians before deciding to take advice from someone on the internet.

    • Talking to your doctor is great, but in my experience a lot of doctors don’t have much knowledge surrounding infant nutrition. I’ve found it more effective to do my own research. 🙂

      • i agree with chelsea, as an emergency room provider i dont believe you should be feeding steak to a child of this age. the elderly have difficulty swallowing it at times, and more times than not when there is a retained foreign body, it is meat. even in small pieces it can present a problem. my doctor is very educated on nutrition and is all for new ways of doing things. i let my child explore and eat table foods, but i stay away from tough meats, such as steak, and dont turn your head for a second because that “gagging” can quickly become choking, and then you have a real problem.

  22. We discovered BLW when my 3y/o was learning to eat. She was determined to be baby-led as she would only open her mouth if SHE was directing the spoon. We soon gave up on purees and moved to pieces of food and later found out it had a name. We’re full on BLW with our 7mos and she is LOVING it! I can’t get over how much this little person LOVES to eat, and the skills she is so quickly gaining!

  23. Question…is 7 months too late to start BLW? My little guy is 7 months and has been eating some purees but, I haven’t been pushing it. I wanted to originally start with BLW but, I was nervous about him choking. What do you think?

  24. I am a pediatric feeding/swallowing specialist and I see children with various disorders and conditions regarding feeding daily. It is nice to finally read a common sense approach to feeding. Thank you.

  25. This seems crazy!!! Bunch of hippie moms who think they know more than everyone else! Listen to your pediatrician. I’m almost positive that no respectable doctor endorses this. But again, you all are a bunch of geniuses!

    • Lol! It’s such a natural way to feed children, 100 years ago do you think people were going to the market and putting mush down their children’s throat saying oh my pediatrician says to do this so I must. Don’t just blindly follow what one person says you should do to raise your child. Research things…

    • Letting a human child eat when they are hungry, not when you sit them down and feed them? What a strange, awful idea! Maybe if everyone started eating the way BLW encourages, obesity rates would plumit.

    • Jay, see the pediatrician/feeding specialist, Nancy’s, comment above.

  26. We “accidentally” did baby led weaning with our kids. It seems so natural to me. While our kids did have some purées it was very limited or something I had on hand in case we weren’t having a very baby friendly meal. My one year old hasn’t met a food he doesn’t like. My almost three year old has started rebelling against some foods, but I think that’s because she’s a toddler who sees a way to get power. People always comment on the fact that she loves broccoli and other veggies. It always amazes me because there’s really no reason she shouldn’t like broccoli, it’s good stuff! People also think its amazing foods with lots of strong flavors.

    Baby led weaning is just do natural I don’t get why it’s a thing and not everyone does it.

  27. While I too have embraced baby led feeding, motly due to the fact that my baby wants to feed herself, your advice is seriously lacking. Even with this method of feeding, foods should be introduced one at a time. Salt and sugar content matters. The problem with whole eggs is not where they come from, but that the white is more allergenic than the yolk. A a parent of children with food allergies, it upsets me to see someone putting out advice that is only based on their own personal experience. All professional medical advice is not bad or wrong. Please talk about this with your doctor before going forward.

  28. As a health professional who specializes in infants and children, I can assure you this type of diet is a bad idea. Infants’ digestive systems are immature and unable to process solid foods until at least 6 months of age. Providing them with “adult foods” before then is placing them at high risk for developing many problems including allergies and digestive trouble. I recommend consulting a pediatrician before initiating this type of diet.

  29. It’s funny that this has a name. My mom raised all 9 of us this way, partly because you just don’t have time to puree things all day when you have 4 or 6 or 8 other kids to handle. Typically we got whatever the rest of the table was getting, mashed up or cut small. (or very large, as you said.) When we started getting chunks off the big things, it was more sticky/squishy food we could swallow without much chewing. It’s like you said- how on earth did people ever feed their kids without a doctor to tell them how! (The only pediatrician I ever knew had the slowest, least self-efficient, sickliest children I’d ever seen.

  30. Hi there,

    Just came across your blog through a link on Pinterest. I really enjoyed this post, definitely some food for thought;) Thanks for sharing!

    M.

  31. Do you have to be breast feeding to BLW? What about mamas who couldn’t BF and had to use formula? Thanks!

  32. Love this idea! I do want to mention that parents should watch out for common allergens & hold out on those until the little one is at an appropriate age. Eating certain foods too early can kick start an allergy if the child’s digestive system is not mature enough or that food. I only bring this up because eggs were mentioned, and it’s recommended that children hold off on them until they’re a bit older. The top 8 are: Milk, Egg, Peanuts, Tree nuts (such as walnuts or almonds), Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat. If parents choose to feed these to their young children they should keep an eye out for allergy symptoms & discontinue these foods immediately if symptoms arise.

  33. After reading this I have realized that this is exactly what I did with my daughter without any outside help. It just happened this way.

  34. Actually that is false, trying new different foods at an early age can offset so many allergies. Don’t beleive everything you read in “baby” books.

    • This, just like every piece of advice on the Internet, has some positives and some things that aren’t quite right! Its not a matter of opinion when years and years of research show that giving children certain foods could be harmful! Strawberries, egg whites, nuts, honey, and especially milk!! A baby can not digest cows milk and will cause an iron deficiency…once again not an opinion its how a baby’s body works!! Exposure to high allergy foods might not come on right away but show up in later years. Once again research and studies show this to ne true! Why wouldn’t you follow a suggested list for foods to avoid…you aren’t harming your baby by doing so but you could possibly cause harm by not following these few foods to avoid. Isn’t the possibility reason enough…this is your precious baby!

      • My pediatrician recently told be that the nwest research points to more food allergies caused by delaying possible allergenic foods for too long. He advised introducing things like peanut butter earlier rather than later. Which would make sense considering how many more food allergies you see now compared to 20 years ago.

  35. I LOVE THIS. I did this 2 years ago w/ my little one. At the time I just had a vague idea. I didn’t know there was a real name for what we did.
    I had fed homemade baby foods to 4 previous babies and HATED it. Seriously, it is my least favorite baby care chore. I did this w/ baby #5 and can’t imagine feeding a baby any other way. It just made sense. He is now 2 and will eat just about anything. I’ve never had a food battle w/ him–he just eats!

    I’m already seeing the early signs w/ my baby girl- who is 4 months old. I will not be using any baby food w/ her.

  36. I am so glad I stumbled on your blog. My son just turned 5 months and trying to get him to eat cereal has been a nightmare. Everyone has been trying to give us advice and honestly I hate all of it. He is very much ready to eat something but doesn’t like purees. I have never heard of this method for introducing solids and can’t wait to try and learn as much as possible. Thank you for bringing my faith back to this whole process.

  37. Hi there this is my first time ever hearing about this just wondering if there is a no-sh list of foods that could/should be used for this and how to prepare them?

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