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Goostacean Fri 15-May-20 08:02:37

I’ve not tried it before; did a mix of purées and then moved onto chunkier things with my first. Second child is currently 5m1w, no teeth emerging yet. Gearing up for BLW weaning this time but have no experience of it, although a couple of friends swear by it.

What’re your best tips please? I don’t want to be jumping up from my seat worrying about choking. What are the best foods to start with? Anything else I need to know? Thanks!

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SnowdropFox Fri 15-May-20 09:17:58

It's really simple, just serve what you're having just cut appropriately. Just watch salt content, no whole nuts or honey. That's it, seriously. My LOs first meal was chicken satay and rice. It makes life so much simpler not having to puree things or buy pouches.

Table cloth under the high chair, there is usually mess
If you usually send you lo to nursery, see if they are able to facilitate baby led.
Dont cook extra for them to start, theyll just eat a tiny bit of yours usually.
If you are anxious about choking people book onto a baby first aid course.
This video is useful:

as is this article:

Lastly, dont stress! It can be a slow process and lots of cleaning up but I wouldn't have done it any other way. Baby led isn't a new thing, the term is just new. My parents did baby led with me in the 80s.

Good luck!

OnlyLittleMissOrganised Sat 16-May-20 06:32:03

Get the Gill rapley baby led weaning cookbook and cookbook vol 2. They have everything in you need to know.

Goostacean Sat 16-May-20 11:43:49


I held a slice of chorizo for him to chew on yesterday which he loved but it made me nervous in case he choked. So then I mashed up a bit of banana, and that made him throw up... not a good start!

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SomeoneElseEntirelyNow Sat 16-May-20 11:50:38

Banana made my DD vomit too! Weird! She had penne with home made pesto the other day (i felt like i was being an absolutely ridiculous FTM but that was what was in the fridge) and some rice and fish which i spoonfed her, and i kept thinking she was choking but she was absolutely fine!

Goostacean Sat 16-May-20 12:00:45

That’s good to know. Yeah, he really doesn’t seem to like it- I’ve tried tastes of it for him several times now. Maybe we’ll try other foods instead. How old is your DD @SomeoneElseEntirelyNow?

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OnlyLittleMissOrganised Sat 16-May-20 12:10:03

Chorizo is probably a little too salty for a small baby. They should only he having 1g of salt a day maximum.

SnowdropFox Sat 16-May-20 12:10:28

It can take up to 20 times for a kid to like a food. Dont disregard anything at this stage. Unless it's clear they are allergic or something!
My lo didn't seem to like banana for ages then started nicking some from my husband. Now she'll chomp through a whole large one herself.

Goostacean Sat 16-May-20 12:20:05

I think you’re right about the chorizo, actually. He was only sucking on a slice, but still.

I think I’ll do a bit more research and then draw up a little menu, I find it a bit stressful just winging it now that we’re juggling our toddler too and usually season food when cooking, which I didn’t do when the now-toddler was weaning.

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