Disclosure: This segment was sponsored in part by the Texas Beef Council (Beef Loving Texans). All opinions and statements shared are our own and were not scripted by sponsor.
Wendy Jo shared a bit about Born To Eat and baby led weaning on Great Day San Antonio. Here’s a quick recap for those who couldn’t tune into Kens5. We hosted a giveaway of 2 signed book s+ ezpzfun donated a silicone placemat for us to share with a lucky audience member, too! Thank you, Texas Beef Council and ezpzfun!
On the show, Wendy Jo covers…
- Baby-led feeding is revamping the plate of infants across the globe. Have you heard about a baby-led approach? Babies enjoy whole foods from their first bite, meaning no purees or jarred baby food are necessary.
- Wendy Jo breaks down how to kick off this feeding journey with us her Top 5 first foods & why they’re important for our families + Safety tips to get started.
- Wendy Jo shares a family favorite recipe for a beefy quinoa bowl.
What is Baby Led Weaning? Baby-led weaning or short BLW is skipping the pureed foods and introducing whole foods from baby’s first bite. When you think about it logically baby food has really only been around a short time in history. As humans, we would not have survived as a human race if that were the ONLY way to feed an infant. And let’s face it, we haven’t just survived, we have thrived long before the invention of a blender and pureed foods. As dietitians, my co-author and I see BLW as a means of honoring a baby’s ability to self-regulate and empowering them to advance their skills at their own pace. It’s also a lot easier for a family to dish up 1 meal over making baby food. Lastly, a baby learns best by watching; if they are fed they are missing a key learning opportunity. Sit and be present with your baby while you eat together.
Is this safe? Research shows there’s no added risk with a baby-led approach over a traditional approach; however, we cover (in depth) high risk choking foods and how to appropriately modify textures to make them safe, and we break down safety guidelines by age & skill level.
Key reasons why parents should consider BLW: supports self-regulation from baby’s first bite (meaning a baby is naturally an intuitive eater—something all of us could be better at), easier for parents cooking 1 meal for all, & babies learn by example (sitting and eating with them is better to support a positive learning environment)
3 Key Components to Getting Started with BLW:
- Take Infant CPR and know the difference between a gag (which ALL babies do) and a choking infant
- Get a high chair that scoots up to the table and eat with your baby at all times
- Read our book and watch videos the break down appropriate textures by skill level.
5 Top 5 Foods to Kick Off this Feeding Adventure:
- Beef--IRON! This is a key nutrient all babies need around 4-6 months of life, serving up beef is great because 1) it’s a common food already across Texas, 2) it’s a highly absorbable form of iron called heme iron, and 3) although baby doesn’t actually eat the beef they get the iron from the juices from the steak and learn important self-feeding skills, too…and it’s easy & convenient to cook & enjoy for the whole family!
- Avocado—high in essential fats and easy for a baby to gum while they are learning, here I have it rolled in almond meal to help a baby hold on to the avocado wedge
- Kiwi—more vitamin C than an orange (vitamin C aids in iron absorption), easy texture for gumming babies and delicious
- Sweet Potato—Vitamin A is another key nutrient we talk about in our book. Sweet potatoes boast high amounts of Vitamin A while also being a perfect shape and texture for beginner eaters.
- Whole-fat yogurt blended with peanut butter—This may seem surprising, but high allergen foods need to be included right away and here we have 2 high allergen foods—we use whole fat Greek yogurt to deliver nuts—a small amount of peanut butter is great way to start. If you are concerned about high allergen foods, speak to your physician and consider babies first taste in the doctor’s office.
Wendy Jo dished up a perfect meal for the whole family, including a 6-month old baby:
Beefy Quinoa Southwestern Bowls
- 2 cups cooked Quinoa
- 1 Sliced Avocados
- 1-pound Grilled Steak
- 1 large Roasted Sweet Potatoes, diced
- 2 medium Tomatoes, chopped
- Optional items: roasted corn, pumpkin seeds, black or pinto beans, cotija cheese
- Olive Oil & Lime Juice or Creamy Cilantro Dressing (1 cup whole fat Greek yogurt, 1 clove garlic, ½ cup cilantro, 1 lime juiced, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper to taste)