When it came time to start feeding solids to little man, I knew that I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on nasty canned foods. I decided I would never feed him anything I didn’t want to eat myself! After spending hours on Pinterest (come on, I can’t be the only one who can get lost on there!), I found the wonderful world of baby led weaning, or BLW!
Essentially, instead of giving your baby purees with a spoon, you introduce foods that they can feed to themselves! This saves us time, and teaches your little one about textures and hand-eye coordination. Babies who are introduced to food this way have also been shown to have better appetites and are generally less picky. No sitting there for an hour begging your baby to eat! Granted, this way can be a LOT messier, but I usually just strip him to the waist and keep baby wipes handy during clean-up. Also, these silicone bibs are a MUST when it comes to BLW.
During my research, I also found that many of the dietary age limits and allergen restrictions have changed! Check out this journal article so you know what foods are okay and which aren’t.
Muffins are an easy breakfast or snack food, and this recipe is one of my son’s favorites!
Mini Blueberry Banana Muffins
Makes: 20 Mini Muffins
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 mashed bananas
- 4 tbsp melted unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp milk, breastmilk, or formula
- 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the butter, egg, and milk. Mix in the bananas, and then lastly fold in the blueberries GENTLY, or else your batter will turn blue.
Grease your mini muffin tin, and drop the batter by tablespoons into the pan. You can add more blueberries to the top if you would like!
Cook 15-20 minutes, or until the tops start to brown.
Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan.