When we first started baby led weaning, I researched a ton to find out what to give my son for his first foods. It was hard for me to find a comprehensive list, so I decided to make my own. Here you’ll find a great list of baby led weaning first fruits and vegetables.
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 son, and I wanted to share this list of baby led weaning first fruits and vegetables with all of you!
Baby Led Weaning First Fruits and Vegetables
–Baked sweet potato sticks. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into sticks that are about the length and thickness of your pointer finger. Coat in olive oil (or oil of your choice. We started with olive, but sometimes now use melted coconut or canola oil.) and put on a baking sheet. I like to line it with either parchment paper or foil because I’m lazy and don’t want to clean. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or so, checking often for softness and flipping half way through. Once soft let cool before serving.
–Carrots. I used baby carrots for a while, but I found that they a. took more time, b. cost more, and c. kept a tougher outer layer. Now I peel and cut whole carrots (same size and shape as sweet potatoes) and steam until tender.
–Banana. Bananas are way too slippery for little hands, so I cut the whole banana in half, and gently cut off the peel in rings so as not to cut into the banana but remove the peel, making a handle with the peel.
–Tomato slices. Just wash and cut into slices!
–Green beans. Fresh or frozen (I use frozen due to ease and availability) steamed until soft.
–Snow peas. Same as green beans. You may have to remove strings depending on the child.
–Zucchini/summer squash. Cut into sticks and steamed or roasted.
–Spaghetti squash. Bake at 350 for at least an hour until soft and cooked through.
–Apple slices. Washed, cut into slices and lightly steamed, with a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like. I leave the peel on because it keeps the apple together, and Ryan just spits it out when he’s done.
–Avocado. Also very slippery. I cut it into zig-zag sticks with a paring knife to make it easier to pick up, but you can also use a crinkle cutter. (I’ve read about coating them in crushed cheerios or breadcrumbs but I’ve never tried it myself.
–Roasted pepper strips. Raw or roasted in a 350 oven until soft.
–Broccoli. Frozen is quicker, but you can use fresh. Chop into baby hand friendly florets (long stalks make for nice grips) and steam well.
–Cauliflower. Same as broccoli
–Oranges/citrus. Peel and cut segments in half OR peel off the “skin” of the segment. A lot of work, but TBH I do it for myself so I can’t complain.
–Cantaloupe/Honeydew. Big sticks of very ripe cantaloupe are easy to nom. If not super ripe, just keep an eye out for smaller pieces that come off to see how your child handles them.
–Mango. Peeled and cut into sticks or spears.
–Asparagus. Steamed with woody ends cut off.
–Onion. Roasted until sweet and tender.
–Watermelon. Cut into sticks.
–Peaches, plums, nectarines. Peeled and sliced. (Peeled optional)
–Kiwi. Peeled and cut into sticks. Leave out the white middle if tough.
–Frozen strawberries. When defrosted, they’re the perfect softness for toothless mouths.
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 first steps, the most common recommendation for the softness of food is to smush it easily between thumb and pointer fingers. I went a step further and made sure I could smush it a little between my tongue and the roof of my mouth. I don’t know if that extra step is necessary, but it helped to ease any concern I felt about something not being soft enough before his first few teeth came in.
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!
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