The week in baby led weaning

I literally trawl the internet looking for photos of babies eating and real-life experiences of baby led weaning. If you are similarly inclined, read on.

Lamb and vegetable pot-roast-stew-thing.

Probably a bit too fatty but Talitha absolutely loved it. In fact I think she kept forgetting she already had stuff in her mouth but, hey, if she doesn’t mind spitting things out and putting them back in her mouth, who am I to criticise?

Homemade bread and hummus.

She wolfed the bread but obviously wasn’t a fan of the hummus. She didn’t seem to get much of it in her mouth so I thought I’d let her test it out on a spoon I loaded and handed to her. She was so not impressed. I’m in two minds about the bread. On one hand, she obviously enjoys it. On the other, I’m reading scary things about gluten and it just doesn’t seem like wheat is the best thing I could be introducing her to this early in her life. Hmm, will have to do some more thinking.

Rice and red bean vegetable stew.

I thought I’d let her try this because it allows her to practise her pincer grip (I keep wanting to say sphincter – which radically changes the meaning). She still hasn’t worked out to do with rice despite it being sticky. She ate everything else though. I did find one red bean whole in her nappy (you’re welcome for the details!) but other than that it seems that she actually managed to put it away properly and do something with it.

Jacket potato and hummus.

Again, I really get the impression that she doesn’t like the hummus. I may try adding more garlic and lemon to it. To me, it’s obviously missing the secret ingredient: salt. That shouldn’t matter to her, I’m guessing. As always, potatoes are her thing. A true Brit.

Cottage pie.

The mash was made with potato skins left in, which Talitha really struggled with. The first time I just couldn’t bear to watch her continue to chew, gag, try to spit out and repeat so eventually I reached in and pulled it out (which is dangerous). She just picked up the skin and did it again but this time she successfully maneuvered it. I’ve got to learn to just trust the baby. All in all this meal was a success as she alternated between shoveling the mince into her mouth and picking it up one tiny bit at a time.

(Please excuse the annoying lighting in most of these photographs)


  1. Anonymous
    February 11, 2012 / 11:51 am

    I love this – such a great idea that I want to nick it! Amy only likes new potatoes for some reason, everything else she refuses but she also really loves her lamb. I have found with her that she is really into flavoursome food rather than bland foods – I keep saying that we’re raising a little gourmet. She’s her parents’ daugher 😉

    • February 11, 2012 / 11:59 am

      Do it! I want to see what Amy has been eating too! If we get enough people interested we could do a linky or something. x

      • Anonymous
        February 11, 2012 / 1:16 pm

        Definitely, great idea. I’ll better get taking photos then 🙂 x 

  2. February 11, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    Love these pictures! So cute. Btw, I read somewhere about introducing your baby to mainly green coloured food rather than white to help develop a healthier eating pattern for later in life. So spinach and green fig over potatoes and such. 

  3. MsXpat
    February 11, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Your pics really capture her enjoyment. She clearly loves her food! 

  4. Tracy
    February 13, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    sphincter grip hahahahahaha xx

  5. February 18, 2012 / 11:07 am

    Fabulous! I love BLW and love that so many people are doing it nowadays and I get to see loads of photos of babies really getting into their food. 

    If she’s turning her nose up at the chick pea, she might have a reason to. They’re supposed to know what they’re allergic or intolerant to naturally. I really can’t remember now, but there was definitely something Eleanor avoided. I think it’s advisable to leave it out for a while and then try it again a month or so down the road.Then again, it’s been a while since I read up on it all and there wasn’t much at all to read at that point, so you probably know better than me! 

    • February 18, 2012 / 12:39 pm

      I’d forgotten about that. That’s still the current advice. Thanks for that, I’ll leave it for a bit.

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