Do you want to start with solids but just don’t know what kind of Baby-led Weaning Meals to offer your Baby?
I felt the same way at the beginning of our BLW journey. That’s why I will share our most recent Baby-Led Weaning Meals with you!
Before we start, make sure you understand The Basics Of Baby-Led Weaning!
Just so you know, we are a plant-based family and offer our baby only vegan foods. However, our daughter currently drinks cow-milk-based formula. Since she weaned herself off my breast, which led to a massive decrease in my milk supply, there was no other option for us. (We decided against using Soy-Based-Formula)
The formula provides her with most of her daily needed iron. Since iron is crucial for healthy development, we are still trying to include high iron foods with every meal she gets and will do so even more once she stops drinking formula. With every food that includes a lot of iron, we try to offer one food that is high in Vitamin C. It helps to increase the absorption of iron from foods.
A quick disclaimer: I am not a professional. The information I share with you is based on my own experience and research as well as the information provided by our pediatrician. If you decide to start BLW, make sure your baby gets all the needed nutrients. In case you also decide to feed your baby only plant-based foods, talk to your pediatrician or a nutritionist to make sure your baby won’t suffer a nutrient deficiency.
Today I will share my daughter’s Vegan Baby-Led Weaning Meals that she had for dinner last week.
Sweet Potato seasoned with a little garlic powder and basil.
Tofu pan-fried with a little bit of linseed oil for her Omega-3 fats.
Pasta with (salt & oil-free) tomato sauce, seasoned with basil. Tofu seasoned with ginger.
Leftover Pasta & Tofu. She really loved this one.
After every dinner, we offer her a bit of frozen fruit for “dessert “. We usually hand it to her in a fruit feeder. She loves munching on that and it also helps a lot with her teething pain.
We try to offer her fruits that are high in Vitamin C. Like strawberries, pineapple, and blackcurrants. Thanks to the fruit feeder we don’t have to worry about her choking on any of these.
I hope I was able to give you an idea about what kind of foods to offer your baby. Just remember:
- never leave your baby unsupervised with any of these foods
- make sure to meet your babies nutritional needs
- lookout for any allergic reactions
- enjoy it!