Baby-led weaning is the concept of feeding a baby modified versions of what everyone else is eating as long as they meet all of the readiness signs. I didn’t do this fully with either of the girls but took to it more around the 8 or 9 month mark for Little T as I started reading the book. (<– affiliate link)
The first quick solution is as a side. Even when you’re baby-led weaning, you should still introduce soft foods. I have done a combination of BLW and purees so I tend to feed her the puree. Also it’s easier since I don’t have to worry about the mess because when Little T is done eating, she wants down. Now. So it makes cleaning easier!
I usually do it when I give Miss Sassy applesauce as it’s really no different. I’ve given the purees to her as well but not as often.
I’ve also put the puree in reusable pouches! The ones I bought off of Amazon are no longer available however the spout cleaning brushes are! (<– affiliate link) I definitely recommend the brushes if you get the pouches as it makes cleaning easy!
These are great for on the go! Usually, I’ll take it in a lunchbox like I did when I took the above picture because I don’t know how they’ll hold up in a diaper bag and the puree technically needs to be eaten within 24 hours of opening. So I’ll make them one at a time.
The girls love it when I put the puree in the blender with frozen fruit and sometimes a little frozen spinach as a smoothie!
This is one of my favorite options as well!
It makes it so simple to use up multiple little jars/cups and you don’t taste the carrots or sweet potatoes if you use a veggie one! 😉
This one had a bit of frozen spinach, 2 cups of peaches, some frozen peaches, a couple of large scoops of Greek yogurt and a cup that was labeled sweet potato, mango, kale but all we tasted was peaches! Girls looooved them!
I haven’t used any green veggie cups though like green beans or peas. I can’t bring myself to put that in my smoothie. Hehe…
I’ve also mixed it into pancake batter to replace some of the liquid like when I made the pumpkin pancakes a couple of weeks ago or mixed it into the baby cereal. I get the multigrain and mix it into a kind of oatmeal. I did this before when I first started transitioning to BLW and it was easier for Little T to eat because the texture wasn’t as thick as regular oatmeal.
I think I’ve done it in other batters as well such as muffins. But I’m not positive.
My last simple idea is as a dip. I’ll toast a slice of bread and dip it in the puree for Little T and then hand her the strip. It allows her to eat the puree a little more independently but not as messily! Just be sure to toast the bread so that it doesn’t fall apart and it doesn’t turn super gummy and become a choking hazard. Especially if your baby doesn’t have any teeth yet. It also works with waffles and pancakes if your baby is older with teeth!
Which of these ideas is your favorite? Have you ever used purees for something different? Share your ideas in the comments below for others to use! And let me know if you use any of mine!
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