Raw Babies: Baby Led Weaning




Raw Babies

- by Kristen Suzanne

I’m frequently asked about Kamea’s diet and what first foods I’m feeding her. We are not a strictly raw house, but the majority of our diet is raw. Kamea will likely follow suit. She is 11 months old and still exclusively breastfed for the most part. I’m going to share what I do, and share a raw baby food recipe she likes.

Baby Led Weaning

I’m fond of the principles of baby led weaning, which is letting baby take the lead. Baby led weaning is a relaxed and stress free approach to introducing solids.  I put foods in front of her and give her the option to play, taste, smell, and simply explore the food. The idea is to avoid most pureed foods, and not use a spoon unless she’s trying to use it herself. I cut up foods in small pieces and put them in front of her. I’ve noticed that a few morsels make their way to her mouth, although not often.

Some days are more successful than others. That’s okay. This mostly raw mama knows that breastmilk is treating Kamea’s body to the best nutrition, and we’re going at her pace. I don’t worry if she isn’t eating solids at the same pace as other babies. Heck, this mama is pretty counter culture in most things, why would this be any different? The result? Kamea is thriving and happy.

 

A First Foods Recipe

There is one puree recipe, Cinnamon Apricot Prunes, I make because it has tons of antioxidants, iron, and nutrients that are important for her growing body. Kamea seems to enjoy it, even if it is only a couple of bites!

 

Cinnamon Apricot Prunes

Cinnamon Apricot PrunesIngredients:

  • 4 prunes
  • 2 dried apricots
  • Water to soak
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

Step 1:  Put the prunes and dried apricots in a bowl and add enough water to reach the top of them. Let them soak this for an hour or so… you want them plump.

Step 2:  Transfer the prunes, apricots, and soak water to a small blender. Add the cinnamon and blend to a puree.

 

Note:

Kamea doesn’t eat the entire thing in one sitting. What she doesn’t eat I store in the refrigerator (if I don’t eat it myself!). The cinnamon takes this recipe over the top in deliciousness!

 

Relax & Have Fun!

The important thing in introducing solids to a baby is to remain humble, relaxed, and have fun. There are no rules with the exception of not feeding baby certain foods based on baby’s age. You might receive a lot of unsolicited comments from family and friends, but following maternal instinct trumps everything.

 



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6 Responses to “Raw Babies: Baby Led Weaning”

  1. By tefal on Jul 14, 2011

    my baby loves Apricots alot. thanks..

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  2. By Darcy on Jul 19, 2011

    I want to know if it is better to avoid fruits (because of so much sweet) or if some foods are better to introduce than others in the first year? What foods are good to explore raw in the first year?

    I’ve done carrot, cucumber, celery and pear. But I don’t want to over do the fruits.

    What suggestions do the raw mama experts have?

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    Reply by Melanie on December 22nd, 2013

    There’s ample evidence that shows fruit, particularly tropical fruit, are the best source of food for humans high frequency system. Not just documented research but people who’ve experienced amazing regenerative results.

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  3. By Rachelle on Jul 19, 2011

    For an expert answer, I’d really recommend reading, “Creating Healthy Children Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods”, by Karen Ranzi.
    http://www.terawarner.com/creating-healthy-children

    We just posted a brief review of the book here: http://www.rawmom.com/blog/2011/07/raw-mom-approved-creating-healthy-children-through-attachment-parenting-and-raw-foods/

    Perhaps Kristen or Karen will pop on here to respond to your Q and give their opinions… :)

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  4. By BabyMoos on Sep 14, 2011

    We’ve Baby led weaned from the start & I love it & so does the little one, can’t sing BLW’s praises enough!

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  5. By Fabienne on Jan 21, 2012

    You say: “I put foods in front of her and give her the option to play, taste, smell, and simply explore the food.”
    What foods do you give her? I know about the Rapley-method but you can you only give steemed vegetables, or not?
    My son is 9 months and gets a single fruit (persimon, mango, avocado, pear, apple) but mixed or mashed with some green kamut, and given with a spoon.
    Also some vegetable juice (carrot-apple-cellery)

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