This list of baby led weaning first foods includes a variety of naturally nutritious treats that will be easy for your baby to handle.
When you try new foods from this list, introduce each one separately, at least 4 days apart, as per the 4 day rule.
This will help you spot any sign of digestive discomfort or allergic reaction and quickly identify the cause. And remember – you should always check with your doctor before introducing new foods to your baby.
Clicking on the links in this list will take you to pages that offer more information about each type of food. Please note that these pages may contain recipes for spoon-fed babies too!
Just getting started with baby led weaning, or want to know more about it?
Please visit our Guide To Baby Led Weaning which explains more about this exciting approach to introducing solids.
Once your baby has developed the pincer grip…
then you can move on to fruits like blueberries and cut grapes, which may be difficult for younger babies to pick up.
Foods like banana and avocado can be notoriously difficult to pick up and become more slippery the more they are handled.
A good solution is to roll the pieces in wheat germ or sugar-free crushed cereal – or cut them with a crinkle cutter, which makes ridges and gives your baby something to grip!
We find that tossing some vegetables in olive oil and then roasting them in the oven gives them a thin ‘skin’, which makes them less slippery and easier to pick up!
Peas and legumes like cooked beans…
are better when your baby has developed the pincer grip needed to pick up smaller pieces of food. Black beans are one of the most nutritious legumes to try. Our little ones loved chickpeas too!
You can ‘jazz up’ lots of foods on the lists above with the addition of yummy herbs and spices, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
A sprinkle of cinnamon on a piece of apple, for example, or a little dash of turmeric on his veggies can really transform and enhance their flavours!
We have more information about offering herbs, spices, garlic etc here – whilst this page explains why you shouldn’t add salt to your baby’s food.
Baby’s Pasta With Vegetable Sauce
Made with carrots, tomatoes, and beans!
Don’t miss our Guide to Baby Led Weaning for advice about peeling fruits and veggies for baby and other useful tips! And be sure to try our Baby Led Weaning Recipes
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