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101 Baby Led Weaning Recipes

Baby Led Weaning Meal

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By the time that your baby reaches around six months old, it is time to think about offering solid food in addition to the milk that they drink, either from breastfeeding or a bottle. Traditionally this process, usually called weaning, has meant that parents will begin by trying to offer their baby some food on a spoon and putting the food in baby’s mouth.

However around 2001 the term baby-led weaning was introduced by Gill Rapley and it refers to the concept of allowing baby to try feeding themselves right from the start rather than having food introduced by an adult.

What Is Baby Led Weaning?

Baby–led weaning refers to an unstructured process of allowing a baby to try to feed themselves from its very first introduction to anything other than milk.  The main advantages are thought to be that as the child is in control it can make them more adventurous in what they will eat and less likely to become picky eaters. Also because they only eat as much as they want, they are less likely to become overweight.

The main disadvantage of baby-led weaning is that it is very messy, especially at first when baby may lack the co-ordination to get the food in their mouths, or simply want to play with the food rather than eat!

What Makes A Recipe Good For Baby Led Weaning?

Baby-led weaning recipes generally avoid the purees and mashed up foods that are the most common weaning foods for babies. Instead they jump straight to soft finger foods and whole foods such as vegetables and fruit so that baby can eat the same foods as the rest of the family.

This collection of baby led weaning recipes is divided into three categories:

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Of course whether you are wholeheartedly jumping into baby-led weaning or are just looking for some tasty recipes to make for your little one, this list of weaning recipes is full of great ideas for things to fed your baby between the ages of 6 months and 1 year.

Baby Led Weaning Recipes For 6 Months Old

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These are recipes that are perfect to start weaning your baby, selected to be easy for babies with no teeth, and to start getting them interested in solid food.

  1. Baby Pasta Sauce
  2. Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
  3. Simple Applesauce Muffins
  4. Instant Pot Sweet Mashed Potatoes
  5. Hash Brown Potato Cakes
  6. French Toast for Baby Without Milk
  7. Air Fryer Carrots
  8. Easy Kids Omelette
  9. Baked Cheesy Polenta Fingers
  10. Overnight Weetabix
  11. Homemade Yogurt Melts
  12. Roasted Vegetable Finger Foods
  13. Spinach Muffins
  14. Cauliflower Cheese Cakes
  15. Roasted Courgette
  16. Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites
  17. Ice Lollies
  18. Easy Baby Pasta Sauce
  19. Apple and Cinnamon Wedges
  20. Homemade Baby Puffs
  21. Zucchini Slice
  22. Broccoli and Carrot Tots
  23. Spinach Apple Baby Puffs
  24. Chickpea Fritters
  25. Blueberry Muffins for Baby
  26. Apple & Cinnamon Pancakes
  27. Veggie Pasta Sauce
  28. Broccoli and Courgette Savoury Muffins
  29. Roly Poly Sandwiches
  30. Sweetcorn & Spinach Fritters
  31. Raspberry Muffins
  32. Pasta With Avocado & Pesto
  33. Butternut Squash Creamy Pasta Sauce
  34. Frittata with Avocado
  35. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
  36. Banana Toast for Babies
  37. Lentil and Spinach Pancakes
  38. Spinach, Chickpea and Sweet Potato Sausage Rolls
  39. Broccoli Tater Tots
  40. Vegan Muffins
  41. Baby Led Weaning Recipes For 6 to 9 Months Old

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    Once your baby is getting more interested in food, confident about eating and maybe has some teeth, here are some recipes suitable for this age range.

  42. Sweet Potato and Lentil Hearty Family Soup
  43. Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Kale Patties
  44. Spinach Fritters
  45. Child Friendly Easy Vegetable Curry
  46. Fish Pie Bites
  47. Flourless Sweet Potato Muffins
  48. Blueberry Yogurt Drops
  49. Rainbow Vegetable Fritters
  50. Beetroot Pasta Sauce for Babies
  51. Sweet Potato Frittata Fingers
  52. Banana Oat Pikelets Recipe
  53. Beetroot, Spinach, Feta and Quinoa Burgers
  54. Apple And Cinnamon Pancakes
  55. Tofu & Veggie Bites
  56. Banana Waffles
  57. Quinoa, Zucchini and Feta Fritters
  58. Sweet Potato and Kale Croquettes
  59. Pea Fritters
  60. Broccoli, Chicken & Potato Bites
  61. Mango Overnight Oats
  62. Baby Omlette
  63. Superfood Veggie Croquettes
  64. Baby’s First Bolognese Sauce
  65. Healthy Banana Bread
  66. Pizza Muffins
  67. Butternut Squash Creamy Pasta Sauce
  68. Mini Chicken & Carrot Meatballs
  69. Banana Oat Zucchini Waffles
  70. Salmon & Broccoli Croquettes
  71. Baby Food Popsicles
  72. Super Healthy Baby Doughnuts
  73. Easy Turkey Meatballs For Baby
  74. Baby Led Weaning Recipes For 9 to 12 Months Old

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    By now your little one should be able to eat a lot of the same food that the rest of the family are eating, so here are some recipes perfect for babies approaching one year old, including some that all the family will enjoy.

  75. Easy Baked Avocado-Turkey Meatballs
  76. Popeye Pasta
  77. Baby Chicken and Veggie Burgers
  78. Marinara Sauce and Italian Meatballs
  79. Sweet Potato, Kale and Black Bean Patties
  80. Mini Baked Salmon Balls
  81. Lentil Bites with Yogurt Dip
  82. Tuna, Sweet Potato and Spinach Burgers
  83. Chicken Meatball
  84. Vegetable Muffins
  85. Yoghurt Pancakes with Berries
  86. Mini Beef Meatballs with Carrot & Apple
  87. Curried Lentil Bake
  88. Baked Mushroom Risotto
  89. Spiced Meatballs
  90. Mini Tuna and Sweet Corn Quiches
  91. Creamy Chicken, Leek & Spinach Puff Pastry Pies
  92. Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
  93. French Toast With Berries
  94. 3 Ingredient Spinach and Banana Pancakes
  95. Dairy Free Cinnamon Waffles
  96. Fish Goujons with Avocado Dip
  97. Baked Beef & Veggie Rissoles
  98. Spinach and Feta Frittata
  99. Mini Energy Balls
  100. Strawberry Pancakes
  101. Fruity Chicken Curry
  102. Tuna Fish Cakes
  103. Pasta and Pea Pesto
  104. Sweet Potato Meatloaf Boats
  105. Mini Chicken Balls with Apple & Carrot
  106. Beef and Bean Taco Platter

If you are finding that baby-led feeding can get rather messy, here are some tips for messy mealtimes, on how to protect your child and your home from food mess while your baby learns to feed themselves.

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