Monthly Archives: February 2012

Baby Led Weaning – Ideas for First Foods


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Baby-led weaning, sounds intriguing (and a lot less hassle) but where do you start?

In our group today lots of mums shared their ideas for good first foods (as this seems to be the most scary part).  Here are all the ones I could remember – should have written them down oops!  Please feel free to add to this list.

Full Circle’s guide to Baby Led Weaning First Foods

  • toast soldiers
  • rice cakes
  • crackers
  • all/any of the above spread with humous, or mashed avacado, apple, philadelphia (equally good with other brands of spreadable cheese) etc. In fact any sort of thickish dips with any sort of dippers really work well.  Runnier things like yoghurt are better introduced a bit once they have the hang of dipping (not necessarily with a spoon – fruit or breadsticks – or fingers – make good dippers) though this totally depends on the consistency.
  • potato (or other veg) wedges
  • filled pasta (tortelini?)
  • pasta coated with sauce (warning: very messy and can be a little difficult to pick up at first.  Ella preferred penne as she could pop her finger into it and pick it up that way)
  • pretty much all fruits – particularly things that are easy to hold like strawberries, melon and bananas (smaller things like berries and peas should only be used once your baby has enough co-ordination to pick them up themselves.  Nature’s amazing way of ensuring they don’t choke).
  • vegetables, particularly roots like carrot, swede, parsnip – lightly cooked are easier for them to deal with, particularly if they don’t have many (any!) teeth yet.  Roasted veg works well too.
  • Meats can be a bit more tricky but anything they can manage to bite and move around themselves will be ok e.g. thinly sliced meats or chunks of fish (de-boned).  Mincemeat is a good option (though you’ll need to be patient as they usually pick it up one piece at a time) and can be used to make meatballs, lasagne etc.

For all foods keep the size quite chunky and let the baby handle them themselves.  They will not choke if they have control over what goes in and out of their mouths.  Don’t be tempted to pop something in (or fish something out) for them as this can be dangerous.

Some good ideas (and gorgeous pictures) of BLW in practice here

A more dry but informative take here

The site that links to the now famous book (with loads of info) is here

I hope that’s helpful.  Please do add to this list (I’m sure I’ve forgotten loads).


Weaning your breastfed baby

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Good morning all!

It’s pancake day today and, as our little ones are a bit small to be tossing pancakes, I thought we would do the next best thing (!?) and talk about weaning in today’s meeting.  We will be asking (and hopefully answering):

  • What does it mean?
  • What are the current guidelines (and why do we have them)?
  • Traditional or Baby-led?

There will be chance to ask questions and share our own experiences, as always.  See you there!

Love is in the air…

Author: Bagande

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Ok, so it’s Valentine’s day tomorrow and whether you love it (wonderful opportunity to shower your nearest and dearest with gifts and words of love) or hate it (thinly disguised ploy to exploit the loved up and gullible, and make people not in a relationship feel crap) this year we will be celebrating it full circle style.

Annie has crafty stuff for the smalls (and the bigs if they wish) to make Valentine cards for their significant others (dads, friends, whoever).

We will be talking about what we luuuurrrvvee about breastfeeding (and we may also be mentioning some things which we don’t love about it – like your boobs no longer being your own).

There will also be chocolate, cake and the usual tea, coffee and fruit.

Come and celebrate with us!