By utilizing baby led weaning food prep, you’ll be able to cut out what can be seen as a large time commitment. BLW is a great way to introduce babies to solid foods, but it can be time consuming to create baby friendly meals each day. These baby led weaning meal prep tips will help you prepare BLW food for your little without spending hours each day chopping, steaming, and cooking.
When I first started baby led weaning with Ryan, I was so excited to get going. I steamed a few sticks of sweet potato and off we went. And then I did the same thing for his next meal. And the next. And then as I started to add more and more different fruits and vegetable to his diet, the time each meal took to put together started to seem daunting and outrageous. Soon I was trying to figure out why on earth I had decided to do baby led weaning any way – those store bought baby foods were looking more and more appealing.
Eventually I came to my senses – what was I thinking, making each and every meal from scratch? Sure he was eating bits of what we were eating, which made his meals a little bit easier, but since I was very adamant about giving him a wide range of foods and some of my meals were not suited to babies (salt, processed, too spicy, I simply didn’t want to share….)
Once I started a weekly baby led weaning food prep session, life got so much easier.
We’ve all heard about meal prepping, right? Chop up veggies for the week, make some quick snacks, maybe all of your lunches, some jar salads, overnight oats. These little things make your week and your meals healthier and easier. So why don’t aren’t you applying these ideas to baby led weaning food prep?
Baby led weaning meal prepping will 100% make life simpler. The biggest question I got from friends and family about baby led weaning was always, “doesn’t it take so much time?” And yeah, if you’re making every single meal from start to finish for your baby and making a meal for yourself, it’s going to take a while. But my answer was always no. I just learned to work smarter.
For example. Are you steaming some broccoli for yourself or a few florets for baby’s next meal? Steam the whole bag! Throw whatever you aren’t using into a container and use over the next few days. Just pull a few out with each meal. Rinse and repeat, people.
Once a week, do one huge baby led weaning food prep session. Maybe it’s the same day or time you do your meal prep for your dinners or lunches. Maybe it’s a time you set aside just for baby. Make a list of
Simple steps for baby led weaning food prep
- Make a list of your baby’s favorites that you’d like to make that week.
- Add a few new fruits or vegetables that you hope to introduce.
- Make note of any meals you are having that you could make BLW friendly. For example, if you’re doing spaghetti and meatballs, don’t add salt to the sauce until you remove a cup or two for the baby and set it aside. Same with the meatballs – season the meat after you form a few unsalted ones for your little.
- Stock up on quick frozen veggies that you can quickly steam in case of emergency.
You may need
Zip loc containers
This is what a typical baby led weaning food prep session looked like for me in general.
In those baby led weaning food prep containers you can see:
- Steamed green beans
- Steamed broccoli
- Steamed cauliflower
- Steamed carrot coins
- Steamed Brussels sprouts, sliced in half
- Poached chicken, chopped into BLW appropriate shapes.*
- 2 containers eggs squares (scramble eggs and pour over cooked veggies in a large pan. Bake until set and cut into sticks or squares.)
- Baby cookies
*this is totally going to depend on the stage of baby led weaning your child is at. I would start with “sticks” and move on to shredded chicken before moving to diced chicken.
This all took me about an hour and a half, while doing other things like cleaning, dealing with nuggets, and wasting time on Instagram. But that small time investment saved me time and stress before each meal. All that needs to be done is to reheat, chop fresh fruits and vegetables, and assemble.
Baby led weaning food prep was a real game changer for my family. It took the stress out of something we loved for our family. I think one of the reasons people are so hesitant to try baby led weaning is because they fear that making a meal for their child will take so much time, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Between meal prepping and chopping the (unsalted) ingredients of whatever meal you’re making yourself up into BLW appropriate sizes and shapes, there is little to no time suck in baby led weaning.
Not only that, but you also get the peace of mind in knowing exactly what your child is eat for every single meal – no weird ingredients, no preservatives, no worries about allergies.
Baby led weaning meal prepping makes your life simpler. The biggest question I get from friends and family about baby led weaning is “doesn’t it take so much time?” My answer is always no. I just work smarter.
For example. Are you steaming from broccoli for yourself or a few florets for a baby meal? Steam the whole bag! Throw whatever you aren’t using into a container and use over the next few days. Just pull a few out with each meal. Rinse and repeat, people.
I do a huge prepping session each Monday or so, getting together everything I need for the week, and I usually do another, smaller session on Friday. This is what my baby led weaning meal prepping looks like, after I’m done:
This is what I made:
-Steamed green beans
-Steamed carrot coins
-Steamed Brussels sprouts, sliced in half
-Poached chicken, chopped
-2 containers eggs squares
This all took me about an hour and a half, while doing other things that distracted me. But, now I’ve saved myself time and stress before each meal. All that needs to be done is to reheat frozen pancakes, chop fresh fruits and vegetables, and assemble.
Baby led weaning meal planning was a real game changer for my family. It took the stress out of something we loved for our family. I think one of the reasons people are so hesitant to try baby led weaning is because they fear that making a meal for their child will take extra time, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Between meal prepping and chopping the (unsalted) ingredients of whatever meal you’re making yourself up into BLW appropriate sizes and shapes, there is little to no time suck in BLW.
Do you meal prep? Do you meal prep for your kids? What are your favorite make ahead meals?
If you’re new to baby led weaning, or just want more information on the process, check out the other posts in my baby led weaning series:
Why We Chose Baby Led Weaning
Baby Led Weaning: The First Steps
Baby Led Weaning: Step 2
Baby Led Weaning: First Foods, Fruits and Vegetables
Baby Led Weaning: On the Go
Baby Led Weaning: Clean Snacks
Baby Led Weaning First Proteins
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