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- Baby led weaning recipes your whole family will enjoy
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Busy families are always looking for new recipes and meal ideas to keep things simple and easy. When there is a baby in the house, it’s often assumed you have to do a whole other round of food prep in addition to the normal family meals.
Baby led weaning is a great option for introducing solid foods to your new baby. It allows the baby to develop healthy and strong eating habits while enjoying foods that the rest of the family can also enjoy. I’d like to share some very simple, family-friendly meals that we made a lot while my kids were very little. We still make a lot of these today actually and my kids are 3 and 6 years old. Eating meals as a family is a very important part of our day. Especially right now, during times of high stress and uncertainty.
Studies have proven that eating family meals together promotes healthy eating habits and overall improved psychological well-being. While most of these studies have been focused on children and adolescents, there is no reason to think that babies should not be joining their family during regular meals. It is easier on the parents not having to designate another period of time from their busy day for feeding the baby. Plus, it’s safest for a baby to eat alongside other people to ensure they are eating correctly and not choking.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing baby led weaning meals for the whole family. While babies can enjoy a lot of the same foods we do, some regular cooking habits should be avoided during infancy:
- Omit salt. Small babies should have a low-sodium diet and avoid adding salt to their food. As an adult, you can always add salt to your dish on your own.
- Always cut the food into baby-friendly sized pieces and be sure it’s soft. You should be able to “chew” or break apart each bite with your own tongue. That is a good gauge for seeing if it’s safe for baby.
- Avoid added sugars and honey. We do not need to sweeten our baby’s food. We want them the develop healthy eating habits and avoid craving sweet foods. Honey is also not safe for babies under the age of one year.
- Use lean proteins and foods rich in iron and fiber. Lean beef and chicken are great options. Beans are also a great source of iron and fiber and are soft enough for babies to enjoy.
Baby led weaning breakfast recipes
Baby led weaning lunch and dinner recipes
Baby meal prep does not need to be a separate, daunting task. Starting easy with these simple recipes is a great way to introduce baby led weaning menu planning into your weekly regimen.