What is BLW and is it Right for your Baby?

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All this talk about BLW. What is BLW and is right for my baby?

This week we are talking about solids and the beginning stages of feeding our littles. If you’re a first time mom you could be like me, having no idea what BLW and every post on it is about recipes and not about what it actually is.

Well guys, that’s what I’m here for.

So let’s get right into it.

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What is BLW and is it right for my baby

What is BLW?

BLW, or baby-led weaning is the process of giving your baby full control over feeding him/her self with finger foods instead of spoon feeding your baby, and later introducing a spoon to your baby but only allowing your baby to use the spoon.

It’s a common misconception that giving your baby finger foods is BLW.

You are only BLW if you begin with finger foods only. If you spoon feed your baby at any point, you are not BLW.

The method of baby-led weaning was published in 2010 by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. Clancy Harrison shares the benefits of BLW in her work Feeding Baby. Below I’m listing an excerpt but you can catch the entire article that I found this information from right here.

The benefits of baby-led weaning can be great, says registered dietician Clancy Cash Harrison, author of Feeding Baby. For one, it helps fine-tune motor development: “Baby-led weaning supports the development of eye-hand coordination, chewing skills, dexterity, and healthy eating habits,” she says. “It also offers babies an opportunity to explore the taste, texture, aroma, and color of a variety of foods.”

Why do Some Mom’s Choose BLW?

  • Convenience. A self feeding baby trumps messy 30 minute spoon feeding. 🤷
  • It is believed to promote better feeding habits.
  • It gives babies independence.

I didn’t BLW with my twins to start solids and it’s not recommended to your baby is 6 months old, we’re getting to that part.

Is BLW Right for your Baby?

Before starting solids make sure that you understand AAP guidelines. Which states to start solids at 6 months of age to avoid the risk of health issues. A babys stomach is not fully mature until 6 months old and could have complications trying to digest solid foods.

So if your baby is under 6 months old and you are eager to start now, BLW might not be for you.

You might want to try the link below here, on how to make your own baby food. Purees can be started at 4 months of age, just not “solids” yet.

Related: How to Make your own baby food

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What can your baby eat?

Your baby can eat soft foods that are easily mashable by their gums. I actually have a BLW cookbook that includes 50 BLW recipes and when you sign up for a free meal planner, you can receive my cookbook for 80% off.

So make sure you check that out below.

Toddler meal plan

I also linked one of my favorite baby recipe bloggers below:

My kids licked the bowl

Great Foods to Start with BLW

  • Banana
  • Avacado
  • Steamed apples
  • Steamed carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Baked potato
  • Mash potato
  • Cheerios
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Peas
  • Chicken breast
  • Pasta

Make sure to cut all of your baby’s finger food into small finger like slices to avoid choking.

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  1. Phoebe says:

    I tried BLW and it didn’t work for us. I think a child will eventually reach that point wherein they would want to be independent and feed themselves. I also wrote about our experience with BLW.

    1. admin says:

      Send me a link phoebe, I would love to collab and add our links to each other posts.

  2. I had no idea what BLW was before reading this post but now I do! And I feel like I could actually engage in a convo about it with my friends who are still in the baby-phase of motherhood. Thanks for the information!

  3. We didn’t do this with my oldest, but we did with my youngest, and life was SO MUCH EASIER with it. My youngest was so into it!

  4. Both my kids started solids at 4 months and were eating (with supervision, of course) on their own at around 8 months. They both are toddlers now and I am so proud to say that they are in full control of their meals already! Thank goodness for BLW!

  5. My baby refused to let me feed her with a spoon so I introduced BLW at 8 months!

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