When my oldest was born I had never heard of baby led weaning (it's a bit of a redundant theme in my posts 😅), so we did all the standard spoon fed purees and slowly introduced chunks. Because of his bad kidneys my second didn't really eat anything until he was 1 so he only did chunks and he self fed right away.
BLW and MontessoriAlthough different from the Montessori approach to feeding, BLW is popular with people who are Montessori-inspired for several reason:
▪︎it is child-led
▪︎the child has the freedom to self feed, and it is one of the first independent self care act they perform
▪︎the child can stop on his own when he is full, therefore learning healthy habits of not overeating
What do they eat?Pretty much the same as us, but with no seasoning. I cut it in little chunks or long strips so he can grab the food.
Here are some ideas:
Fruits: pears, blueberries, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, slightly cooked apples, blackberries, oranges
Veggies: carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, okra (he LOVES it), potatoes, tomatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, bell pepper
Grains: pasta, bread, oatmeal
Meats and dairy: eggs (although mine does not like it), sausages, chicken, ham, turkey, cheese (because we are a French family!)
Also I want to mention regional differences: my first 2 were born on the West Coast and I was given a list of 20 items to not give until 1 year old and a shorter list to not give until 2. We are now in the South and I was told he can have anything starting at 6 months (except honey, wait until 1). So even though I was given much more freedom with my third boy, I'm still not as adventurous as I could be.