Welcome to my lovely little lunch box, a mother’s guide to baby led weaning.
My name is Kayla and I am a mother, wife and food blogger living in beautiful Brisbane, Australia.My life’s passions are cooking, baking, photography, writing, food and family and I love to share recipes and stories that inspire and excite me and my family’s taste buds. As a mother of a beautiful baby girl I have a huge passion for creating healthy and nutritious food for children and here you will find a delicious collection of baby led weaning recipes that I nourish my gorgeous growing daughter with.
The my lovely little lunch box journey began when at six months of age we introduced solids in the form of pureed vegetables to my daughter Grace. In the beginning Grace was fantastic, at mealtimes she would happily gobble up her mashed pumpkin, avocado or banana. However it wasn’t long until meal times became a source of frustration and disappointment as Grace refused to be spoon fed. My once happy and eager to eat baby now pursed her teeny tiny little lips in a very successful attempt at ensuring nothing would get into her mouth. Grace spent mealtimes thrashing her head from side to side avoiding any spoon that came in close proximity to her and I would use the little energy I had left singing silly sing songs in an attempt to coax Grace into taking one bite from the ‘choo choo train’.
Finally the frustration surrounding meal times reached an all time high, I was completely sick and tired of persuading our lovely little daughter to eat with the use of sing songs, bribes and trickery and my mothering instincts knew there had to be a better way and thanks to a quick search online I was very relieved and forever thankful to discover baby led weaning.
For us baby led weaning has been a true blessing, being in charge of her own feeding Grace is a completely different bubby at meal times! She now lunges at her foods and happily ferries what is offered from plate to mouth and to see the diversity of foods she now enjoys completely amazes me! Meal times are now a joy for our family, it’s once again a sacred chance for us to sit together, catch up on our days and to eat and enjoy the same delicious food! And a lovely bonus for me is that I no longer have to spend time steaming/pureeing/packaging/freezing/thawing baby food. As the home cook I simply prepare our regular family meals and that’s it! IMPORTANT: Prior to beginning baby led weaning please consult your family health care practitioner/doctor to ensure this form of weaning is appropriate and safe for your child.
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