First fruits and veggies for baby are exciting, but can be confusing. Here you’ll find a fully comprehensive list of baby led weaning fruits and vegetables. Make the transition to solids easier and less stressful
The most exciting part about starting baby led weaning is choosing your baby’s first foods. So what are good options for whole, clean foods the first month or two?
I found a ton of options when we started using baby led weaning with my oldest son, and I wanted to share this list with all of you!
What to serve as baby’s first food?
- Generally speaking, you want to choose a single, whole food every 2-3 days to eliminate the chance of an allergic reaction. This way you’ll be able to pinpoint if one does occur.
- Most pediatricians will suggest starting with a vegetable over a fruit in order to encourage baby to try vegetables. Fruits are sweet and easy to get baby to enjoy.
- Finally, make sure to avoid known family allergens for a while and honey. Honey can be dangerous to babies under 1 year old.
How to prepare food for a baby?
We chose to introduce food using baby led weaning and I suggest trying it out as well! As with all decisions regarding you baby, talk to your pediatrician, but here are some resources on baby led weaning.
- Baby Led Weaning – What is it, How to do it, and is it right for you?
- Baby Led Weaning Benefits
- When to Start Baby Led Weaning
- How to Cut Food for Baby Led Weaning
First Vegetables for Baby
- Sweet potato
- Green Beans
- Snow Peas
- Snap Peas
- Yellow Squash
- Spaghetti Squash
- Peas. (Great for the pincer grip!)
- Broccoli stalks
- Roasted Onion
- Spinach (great for iron!)
- White Potato
First Fruits for Baby
- Apple. (Apples are often a choking hazard – always steam or bake them for babies! We have a great post on baby led weaning apples here. )
- Nectarines. Peeled and sliced. (Peeled optional)
- Kiwi. Peeled and cut into sticks. Leave out the white middle if tough.
- Blueberries (always quartered to avoid choking)
- Grapes (always at least quartered to avoid choking)
When first starting out, it’s important to stick to softer foods that your baby can pick up and essentially smash with his gums.
Like I noted in my post about baby led weaning, the most common recommendation for the softness of food is to smush it easily between thumb and pointer fingers.
I go a step further and made sure I can smush it a little between my tongue and the roof of my mouth.
What did you give your child for his baby led weaning first fruits and vegetables? Do you enjoy the baby led weaning method? Let me know in the comments!