Are you thinking about baby led weaning? Maybe you’ve started weaning and you would like some help to make it go smoothly? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for top tips from 11 real Mums who have been through Baby Led Weaning and learn what they wish that they had known before they got started.

My top tip would be to learn the difference between gagging and choking. It is completely normal for babies to gag frequently when they are first learning to eat because their gag reflex is much further forward than an adult, but it’s rare they’ll actually start to choke. Taking a baby first aid course can definitely ease your mind of knowing what to do if your baby did start to choke.

Abi – somethingaboutbaby.com

Avoid buying a highchair with lots of padding and creases and places for food to get stuck. Opt for something like the IKEA Antilop which is super easy to clean -you’ll be glad you did!

Rhi- mummyoffour.com
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Is your baby a climber? Mine is. 3 out of 4 of them showed little interest in climbing, but Zara, baby number 4, is a little climber / escape artist. My top tip to parents of fellow little adventurers – pop a long sleeve bib over the highchair straps making it far more tricky for them to wriggle out. The fact that the bib will also keep their clothes clean at meal times is an added bonus. 🌸 The bibs from @SillyBillyzUK are the best ones that I have found. (No, this is not sponsored by them, I just think they are fab). They come in various sizes and colours, and having tried many different brands, these are now the only ones I use. 🌸 On top of the long sleeve bibs, I find it handy to pop on a “dicky bib” (not even sure if that’s the right name for them, but that’s what I call them). It is amazing how much food that collects in these bibs, food that would otherwise have fallen in their laps / on the floor. 🌸 Bonus tip – if your baby is out and about in a high chair without a tray / table, you can pop food straight into the scoop bit of these dicky bibs as a sort of little plate for them to eat out of. 🌸 And if you do have a highchair with a tray – you know what I’m going to say. As you can see in the picture, Zara uses an @Easy_Tots EasyMat for every meal. These awesome little mats stick directly onto most surfaces with powerful suckers to stick down the plate so that you can avoid plate flinging. Head over to the EasyTots site and use code MUMOF4 for 10% off your order and free P&P #affiliatepartner . . . . . #parentinghacks #mummylife #mummyproblems #adventurousbaby #babyhack #mummyblogger

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My children are older now but I loved BLW with them and they eat so well that people comment all the time. My top tips are: All sit together for mealtimes and just offer a small variety of options directly on the highchair tray to make it easy to pick up. Make toast fingers, cucumber and cheese sticks or pieces of fruit that are the right shape to be held in a fist and gnawed on. Then as they get older, you can give them some of what you’re having. Don’t be disheartened if they don’t try anything for ages and just play with the food. It’s all part of the learning process.

Louise – pinkbear.com
Photo credit : sophiesnursery.com

I tried BLW with my 2nd baby & I cannot say enough how glad I am I did it, it’s worked so well! My top tip would be to try & give them what you are eating as a family (without added sugar or salt). It saves so much time & effort for you as a parent PLUS it makes them feel more involved, they can watch how you eat your food & they can just have as little or as much as they want. Also, let them play with a spoon – they like to try & eat with it themselves & it’s great for chewing on & gets them used to the idea of using one later. h

Lauren – sophiesnursery.com

Top tip: Food is fun before they are 1 
Try not to get hung up on how much they are eating. Have fun giving them different foods to play with. Babies still get all their nutrients from their milk.

Sinaed – sinaedlatham.com

Make sure that you only start when you are relaxed yourself, even if that means being later than friends or family. Otherwise it makes the whole process much more stressful for you and baby

Gemma – mummyswaisted.com

Don’t worry about how much they are eating at first, or even if they are eating any of it. You’ll soon find out when it’s time for a nappy change!

Kate – countingtoten.co.uk

I didn’t do BLW with my first and he is the fussiest eater. He is now 5 and I still battle with him over textures and certain tastes. My baby is a year old and he chose to go to food by lets say, showing a lot of interest in what I was eating! (He wrapped his mouth around a piece of pear when we were on holiday and that was that!) He will try anything, he adores his food and he’s thrived from it- born at 32 weeks at just 4lb 2oz he is now weighing at 50th percentile for a one year old. My tip would be to give everything a go and let them take the lead. If they don’t like a food, that’s fine, move onto the next item. But do make sure all the foods are easy for them to hold and grasp so they can do it all themselves. It can be so much fun watching them learn!

Emma – emmareed.net

We loved baby led weaning and were the only ones in our NCT group to do it. So much less hassle than the others had when out and about with other babies and mine wasn’t fussy like many of the others.
My tip would be to read up about it and make sure anyone else who’ll be involved with feeding them, also understands and will try it. My mum and MIL didn’t get it at first but were amazed at how good it was going so then bought into it. The OH didn’t agree with it at first but he didn’t do the bulk of the feeding so just went with it. And nursery were very impressed at how well my baby fed himself and ate, when he went to nursery at 11 months.
Tip 2 is to introduce a spoon straight away. Preload the spoons with porridge or weetabix or yoghurt. It gets them used to using a spoon and you’ll probably be moving faster onto proper cutlery.

Emma – bubbablueandme.com

Buy one of those squidgy floor mops. Life saver!

Georgina – georginaclarkeblog.com

Invest in a couple of coverall style bibs; baby led weaning can be really messy (our dog LOVED it though!) at first compared to traditional weaning and it’s so much easier to just whip the coverall off, rinse it under the tap and voila, clean baby!

Hayley – devonmama.com

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