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    Default BLw - first foods

    DS will be 6 months in a month and I'm planning on doing BLW (well giving it a go) and I was wondering what's the best food to start with, pumpkin?
    Do I just cut it up into stocks then steam it?

    Any hints and tips would be awesome, TIA

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    And when can I introduce yoghurt? My mum seems to think he can't have it until at least 10 months but I know a lot of people here give it earlier.

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    I started with steamed (or roasted) pieces of carrot, pumpkin and also slices of avocado. DS definitely played with it all at first and not much went in his mouth, but he got there eventually and I guess that's all part of BLW.

    He tried plain greek yoghurt well before 10 months. Can't remember his age exactly though sorry. He ate it plain but also liked it with some fruit mixed in (berries or banana usually).

    Chunks of water melon are a good fruit to start with as bub can hold it quite easily and have a good suck/chew.

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    Make sure if you are steaming veggies that they don't go too soft otherwise they fall apart and it's hard for bub to pick up the pieces.

    Theres a BLW weaning book (and a recipe book) which I found useful when I first started to give me ideas.

    http://www.babyledweaning.com

    This website is great (and mentions the book).

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    My DS first foods was cucumber sticks dipped in goat yogurt!
    They can have yogurt from 6 months, just make sure it's plain ( jalna is good) or plain Greek yogurt or I had plain organic goats yogurt and just added my own fruit

    Have you read the BLW book? I definitely recommend it as it explains everything

    You really can try all foods but our first few foods in the first 2 weeks were:

    Steamed broccoli
    Roasted sweet potato ( in chip size peices)
    Steamed carrot ( chip size peices)
    Avocado ( slice in half , skin on so they have something to grip)
    Grilled salmon ( flaked into little peices)
    Steamed bok Choy stems
    Egg pancake ( mix 2 eggs with fresh herbs , tomato and fry into pancake size and cut into strips)
    Brown rice cakes
    Rockmelon ( cut into chunky long peices)
    Quinoa porridge with pear or banana

    Don't be afraid to add garlic to your roasting pan, ginger in the steamer , use herbs in everything and I splashed a little flax seed oil on his steamed veggies and brushed the roasted ones with black strap molasses , not only do these things add flavour but nutrients as well
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    Thanks guys!! I haven't read it yet but I'll definitely order it an give it a read before we start.

    I have an egg allergy so I am a but weary of introducing egg, although they say not to delay it, yeah?

    This sounds silly but I'm excited haha we use a lot of herbs in our cooking so I don't have an issue with that!

    Oh and can you steam fruits (apples, pears etc) or do they need to be cooked in hot water?

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    I stewed apple and pear slices for DS (without adding sugar)

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    DD is 7 months and she has tried so many foods in the past month! I have an oral allergy to pineapple but other than that we haven't held back on anything except for nuts (also we are vegan - so no eggs/dairy/meat etc).

    She's tried pretty much all fruits and vegetables, her favourites are cucumber, zucchini, broccoli and the winner by far has been roasted mushroom. She goes nuts for it! I haven't cooked any fruits but just given her soft ones, very ripe pear, mango, watermelon, banana. She loves mango. Grapes and strawberry are popular too.

    Quinoa porridge (very messy!), banana/blueberry pancakes, potato and pea rosti was a HUGE hit, toast, rice noodles, chunks of potato out of dahl, hommus is a favourite, just about anything. It is SO much fun.

    She thoroughly enjoyed chewing on a big basil leaf for ages yesterday!

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