Can I Start Baby-Led Weaning At 5 Months?

Yes, you can start baby-led weaning when your baby is 5 months providing that they have achieved these milestones:

  • Able to hold up their head and sit in a high chair
  • Open their mouth when food comes their way
  • Can move food from spoon to throat
  • Weigh at least 2x their birthweight
  • No longer exhibit the tongue-thrust reflex (automatically pushing food out with tongue)

If your child was born prematurely and/or has a pre-existing medical condition, consult your pediatrician before starting baby-led weaning.

First foods for baby-led weaning (BLW)

New to baby-led weaning? Here are some examples of starter foods:

  • Cooked broccoli or cauliflower
  • Cooked zucchini batons
  • Avocado strips
  • Banana cut into wedges
  • Melon slices
  • Soft mango batons
  • Soft-cooked pear wedges
  • Well-cooked wedges of sweet potato or pumpkin
  • Scrambled eggs or a plain omelet cut into strips
  • Cooked tofu strips
  • De-boned cooked salmon flaked into pieces
  • Whole milk plain yogurt

For more information on starting baby-led weaning get The Busy Parent’s Guide to Baby-Led Weaning here.

Baby in a white t-shirt in a high chair eating avocado.

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