- Be prepared, it's going to be messy! Long sleeved bibs are strongly recommended as is an apron for you! If you don't have wipeable floor make sure you put down a splash mat
- Make sure your baby isn't too hungry when you offer them food as they may get frustrated if they cannot feed themselves as quickly as they would like to. It is a good idea to make sure they have had a milk feed approximately half an hour before being offered food
- Sweet potatoes lightly roasted with a drizzle of olive oil are great as a first food, make sure you cut them in wide finger shapes as they shrink when cooked. Leave to cool on kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil and check the temperature before giving to your little one. Avocados and bananas are also great, just make sure they are nice and ripe. With bananas you can leave a bit of the skin on the bottom, like a cone for an ice-cream, so your baby has something to hold onto
- Offer your little one cooled boiled water at mealtimes
- It's possible your baby may gag the first few times they try solid food. Gagging is a retching movement that pushes food that is too big to be swallowed away from the airway. The gag response is triggered near the back of the tongue in adults. However, on the tongue of a six month old this reflex is triggered much further forward and hence is activated more easily in babies than adults. It is thought that this reflex exists so babies learn how to manage food safely. And it is good to keep in mind that when a baby of six or seven months gags it does not mean the food is too close to their airway and it very rarely means they are in danger of choking.
Super exciting times at Little One Led headquarters as we have a second little chap ready to start baby led weaning. Besides first foods, here are some additional tips that we thought you might find handy for those early days when it's all new for both of you: