If you've decided to go down the baby-led weaning route, things can seem a little overwhelming. How do you know which foods are the best for your little one?
The best baby-led weaning ideas
Before you start baby-led weaning, it's important to understand the NHS advice when it comes to weaning your six month old baby with solid food.
- Wait until your baby is ready - before you start baby led weaning your baby should be able to stay in a seated position and hold their head steadily. They should be able to look at food and hold it themselves and be able to swallow the food.
- Avoid giving your baby any foods that could be choking hazards - such as grapes or nuts. Also remember never to leave your baby alone when they are feeding. Once your baby has learnt to use a pincer grip (where they will hold the food between their fingers and thumb) you can introduce berries and raisins or peas.
- Try and offer your baby a variety of different foods but don't overwhelm them - two or three items at a time is enough.
- Remember that for your baby, food is fun, so they are likely to spend a lot of time playing with their food before they eat it. Don't worry, this is normal.
- Use food that is easy to pick up like some of the options below! Read more top tips when it comes to successful baby-led weaning here.
Because we know you're always on the lookout for fun baby-led weaning ideas, we caight up with Julie Clark, a nutritionist and author of Baby Led Weaning Step By Step to find out more about the best finger foods for your little one.