“Your Baby Eats What?!” {Baby-Led Weaning: 50 Non-Puréed Foods for the Toothless Baby}


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When our little guy was five months, I felt ready for him to start solids.  I had read all the books, done a mommy-and-me playdate to prepare a variety of purees, and knew that he had all the obvious signs of being ready: he could sit up independently, tried to eat off our plates, and often seemed hungry.

For the first three weeks of starting solids, I thought I was losing it because a) starting solids required a lot more clean-up and prep work than I anticipated and b) he screamed every time I put him in his high chair. After three weeks, my husband and I would take turns at dinner feeding him from our laps, and although that went OK, it was obviously frustrating and difficult to get through a meal.  Plus, after about two bites of his purees, he would scream to eat whatever we were eating.

Fast forward until he was 6.5 months, and I felt recovered enough to give solids another try.  I had wised up in my ways and started to prepare meals that I thought a baby without any teeth could enjoy.  He not only sat in his high chair like a big boy, but he also pounded on his tray for more when he was done.  Eating non-pureed foods was our answer.

People are often bewildered to hear all the foods our babe is capable of eating, especially since at 10.5 months, he still only has 2 teeth.  But, as we’ve learned, his gums do a great job chomping, and once he discovered where everything in his mouth is located, he quickly became very self-sufficient.  We didn’t intend to follow baby-led weaning, and I don’t claim to be an expert on it, but it’s what worked for our family. The following is a list of foods baby Kev enjoys eating:

1. Brocoli (steamed)

2. Green beans (steamed or canned)

3. Raspberries (whole)

4. Blackberries (whole)

5. Blueberries (whole)

6. Pineapple (cut into bite-sized chunks)

7. Apple sauce

8. Spaghetti squash

9. Pancakes

10. Scrambled eggs

11. Waffles

12. Pickles

13. Meatballs

14. Cucumbers (sliced)

15. Bison burgers

16. Turkey burgers

17. Banana cake

18. Zucchini pizza wheels

19. Avocado (sliced)

20. Veggie burgers

21. Kale burgers

22. Quinoa burgers

23. Shrimp (cut in half)

24. Toast with a variety of add-on’s

25. Cottage cheese

26. Greek yogurt

27. Hummus

28. Peanut butter

29. Veggie straws

30. Sweet potatoes (cubed and baked at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes)

31. Breakfast sweet potatoes

32. Popsicles

33. Black bean burgers

34. Toddler muffins

35. Rice

36. Quinoa

37. Oatmeal (we usually add blueberries)

38. Fish

39. Tomatoes (cut into bite-sized pieces)

40. Bananas (cut into bite-sized pieces)

41. Cauliflower pizza

42. Cauliflower soup

43. Shredded chicken

44. Cheese

45. Puffs

46. Oranges

47. Grapes (halved)

48. Lentil sloppy joes

49. Avocado mac and cheese

50. Avocado hummus


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Katie Q
Katie is a Butler University graduate, who was lucky enough to meet her husband the third day of college. After graduating as one of Butler’s top 10 women, she went on to do Teach for America; South Carolina. She was a second grade teacher in a school with a high Hispanic population and loved every second of it. Never intending to be a stay-at-home parent, she worked until the day before she gave birth, took one look into her son’s eyes, and decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom after all. After re-prioritizing upon the birth of their son, Katie and her husband decided to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in education. She loves to cook, celebrate holidays, watch movies, party plan, travel the world, take walks, and play with her Border Collie. You will likely find her seeking adventure, hunting for bargains, helping others get healthy through her passion as a health coach, or cuddling on the couch with her hubby, baby, and puppy. If you’re interested in reading more about her crazy adventures, check out her personal blog, A Quinning Love.


  1. We had the same experience- starting around 6 months I tried to give my son pureed foods and he wanted nothing to do with them. He would take one bite and turn his head. We started giving him tiny bites off our plates and he couldn’t eat them fast enough! So we just went ahead and skipped the purees and fed him what we were eating, just very very finely chopped.

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