Baby-Led Weaning: The Beginning

As with his older brother, we decided to introduce Baby J to solid food around 6 months old. And once again we decided to follow the baby-led method of weaning. Although we hoped J would choose something healthier than pizza as his first food, which is what N chose!

babyled weaning beginning

J usually sat on my lap while I ate and as we approached 6 months old he began to reach for things on my plate. I let him take some of my food to see what he would do with it. Nothing actually reached his mouth though. He would hit it, wave it about, throw it. Anything but eat it. Which was fine by us!

Two days before he turned 6 months old, we went to my friend’s little boy’s first birthday party. As always, J was sitting on my lap while I sat down to eat. I had chosen egg sandwiches, cucumber sticks, houmous and grapes. I was well aware that any day now J might decide to eat something so I was very conscious of choosing food that would also be suitable first food for a baby!


As I began to eat, J made a grab for my plate. I let him take a cucumber stick, thinking that would keep him amused while I ate. My friend came over to sit down and as she did said, “ooh, so you’ve started weaning then?”

I looked down to see J merrily chomping away on his stick of cucumber! He had gnawed away most of the juicy flesh and was chewing on the cucumber skin. Yep, he was definitely eating it!

So at the age of 5 months and 28 days old J chose to begin his baby-led weaning journey. With a VERY healthy stick of cucumber! Hurrah!





16 comments

  1. Congrats. My eldest loved food and he was a joy to wean. Different story for my youngest though.

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    1. So far J is doing better than his big brother, hopefully it will continue!

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  2. Yay, well done baby J! We didn't go down the baby led weaning route, I was always so worried because he had the worst gag reflex - I mean he even managed to choke on the 7+month jars! I still can't get him to eat cucumber now, like his mummy he just diesn't really like it. He eats all other veg though and tons of fruit so I have no worried about him now! Enjoy the rest of the weaning process! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. I did a CPR course before weaning my eldest as I was so worried about choking!

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  3. What a good way of doing it! :D And well done baby J! hehe
    I am a firm believe in letting them do this all by them selves, and here's to BLW! :)

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    1. Thank you! It makes so much sense this way, I don't think I could wean any other way

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  4. Aww well done baby J. Thats the best way, to let them do it by themselves. Sadly we weren't able to do that with Emily. She has to be weaned at 3 months :( x
    Steph | www.raisingemily.net

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  5. Yey cucumber :) my little one screwed his nose up when he tried it first time round - hope it goes well I am sure it will I think its a great way of doing things :) xx #kidscorner

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    1. So far, so good! I hope it continues! x

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  6. thats great that he made the decision sounds like he enjoyed they cucumber it was always one of the first foods my girls tried as well so easy for them to hold and munch on! Thanks for linking up to #kidscorner x

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    1. It's perfect isn't it! Thank you for hosting the linky x

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  7. Aww I cannot believe he is eating, bless his cotton socks. Cucumber is a great one and both of mine always loved it too. Can't say I love it though haha! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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    1. How can you not like cucumber, it tastes of nothing! Thanks for hosting x

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  8. Yey that's great it was cucumber, what a healthy first choice. Thanks for linking up to #weaningwednesdays x

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