by Justine Deputy, RN, MSN

Photo Credit: Kasey Stacey, Birth Center Mama

Time to start solids? There are various options for where to begin. Some families do purees, some baby-led weaning, and others a combination of the two. For learning more about what might be best for you and your child, how to do baby-led weaning safely, at what age you can introduce certain foods, and what foods to be sure to include or avoid we recommend Balanced Breastfeeding’s Marathon Mama’s program. Marathon Mama’s includes everything you need to know to navigate the second half of breastfeeding so you can achieve your long-term breastfeeding goals. The course includes integrating solid foods into your breastfeeding relationship.

Today, we want to share some baby-led weaning food recommendations from the Mamas in our Birth Center Mamas Facebook Group. Enjoy!

  • Steamed baby carrots
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced and steamed peppers
  • Apple slices
  • Plum slices
  • Pear slices
  • Bread or toast
  • Pancakes (add fruit and veggies such as berries and kale to the mix)
  • Nut butter as a spread
  • Jam as a spread
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Hummus
  • Beans
  • Chicken
  • Tuna
  • Steamed squash
  • Steamed zucchini
  • Scrambled eggs (can add cheese and spinach)
  • Stir fry with ground turkey, squash, zucchini, and spinach
  • Tofu
  • Veggie Muffins
  • Banana Bread
  • Meatballs (with hidden veggies)
  • Pasta (can add a tomato or pesto sauce)
  • Peas
  • Steamed green beans
  • Steamed/baked/fried wild-caught fish
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Steamed sweet potato or white potato sticks
  • Steamed butternut squash sticks
  • Veggie burgers
  • Chickpeas
  • Cucumber slices
  • Shredded cheese
  • Roasted beets
  • Olives
  • Banana
  • Pumpkin
  • Smoothies in a sippy cup
  • Purees in the Nuby Nibbler or another self-feeding tool

Want to join the Birth Center Mama’s Facebook group? Email thebirthcenter@thebirthcenter.com to request to join.