Baby Led Weaning Menu Planner: What To Feed Your Baby

Are you wondering what to feed your baby on the baby led weaning process?

Do you find yourself stuck for meal plan ideas?

Have you never tried to make a meal plan for your child before?

In this article, we’ll help you out with all your meal planning needs!

We understand that when introducing solids baby led weaning can be fun and rewarding but also very challenging. That’s why we’ve broken down the process into four different stages and given you five-day meal plans to help set you up for success.

By following our meal plans, we hope you will be able to provide your child with a balanced and full diet that helps wean him or her onto solid foods in no time.

Let’s get started!

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Why Meal Planning Matters: 5 Reasons to Make a Menu

A meal plan can make a big difference in terms of your baby led weaning success. Here are just some of the reasons you might want to spend the time making a meal plan that you and your child can follow throughout the whole process.

1. A meal plan makes mealtime go more smoothly.

Planning meals ahead of schedule means you won’t have to scramble to figure out what to serve every day when mealtime rolls around.

2. Your shopping will be easier with a plan.

You’ll know what to get at the grocery store every week and may save money with your plan, too.

3. Sticking to a schedule encourages better weaning.

Your baby will learn this routine quickly and be able to adjust more easily to new changes in his or her diet.

4. You can plan your family’s meals around the baby’s.

You can serve yourself and your baby similar foods with similar ingredients to save money on grocery budgeting.

5. You can let someone else take over.

With a plan in place, Grandma or the babysitter will have no trouble knowing what to serve your child at every point throughout the day, too.

6+ Months

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Most parents and caregivers get started with weaning at around six months of age. While you can certainly start weaning your baby earlier than this if he or she is ready, this is the most common time frame, so this is where our schedule begins. Follow our baby led weaning meal plan 6 months and up and you’ll have no trouble figuring out what to serve your child at any time of the day or night! Don’t forget that, especially at this stage of the weaning process, your baby is still getting most of his or her nutrition from breastmilk or formula, and this will remain true until your baby is further along on the weaning process.

Day One

Breakfast

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • 1/2 tbsp very soft mashed banana and 1/2 tbsp baby rice cereal

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Two

Breakfast

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • ½ tbsp. very soft mashed banana and ½ tbsp. baby rice cereal

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Three

Breakfast

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • ½ tbsp. very soft mashed banana and ½ tbsp. baby rice cereal

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • ½ tbsp. very soft mashed avocado and a few green beans steamed until very soft

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Four

Breakfast

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • boiled very soft butternut squash fingers

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • ½ tbsp. very soft mashed avocado and a few green beans steamed until very soft

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Five

Breakfast

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • boiled very soft butternut squash fingers

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • a few very soft cooked green beans and ½ tbsp. soft mashed banana

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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8+ Months

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Although the baby led weaning menu 6 months and up isn’t very exciting in terms of what you can and can’t serve your child, things start to pick up a little more when you hit the eight-month mark. You can start to combine flavors and textures a little bit more from this point on out, and you’ll soon find that your child is enjoying some of the same foods the rest of the family is having at any given mealtime, too. Remember that your baby’s stomach is still only about the size of his or her fist at this point, however, so make sure not to overfeed or force your child to eat more solids than he or she is ready for.

Day One

Breakfast

  • baby porridge fingers and 1 tbsp soft mashed banana

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • baby-safe fruit bites and yogurt

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • soft boiled potato, broccoli, and soft cooked shredded chicken

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Two

Breakfast

  • baby porridge fingers and 1 tbsp soft mashed banana

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • baby-safe fruit bites and yogurt

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • soft boiled butternut squash, apple, and rice pudding

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Three

Breakfast

  • toast strips with applesauce

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • 1 small rice cake with almond butter

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • baby pasta with tomato sauce

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Four

Breakfast

  • toast strips with applesauce

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • 1 small rice cake with almond butter

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • breadstick fingers with hummus

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Five

Breakfast

  • rice porridge with banana

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • soft cooked asparagus with hummus

Afternoon Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Dinner

  • soft boiled butternut squash and broccoli with a few pieces of cooked soft chicken

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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10+ Months

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By ten months, your baby led weaning menu planner can get a lot more fun! Your baby should be on much more solid food at this point and should be enjoying a variety of different flavors, textures, and even some spices. As your child moves toward the one-year mark, you’ll want to start easing off of bottle feeding or breastfeeding if you haven’t already and introduce the sippy cup around this time. However, your baby isn’t quite ready for cow’s milk yet, so don’t forget the breastmilk or formula for a few more months!

Day One

Breakfast

  • egg banana bread

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • toast points with hummus and soft cooked carrots

Afternoon Snack

  • soft cooked apple and carrot pieces

Dinner

  • omelette with soft cooked asparagus

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Two

Breakfast

  • 1 small baby pancake with berries

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • soft boiled butternut squash and asparagus with rice pudding

Afternoon Snack

  • toast pieces with avocado spread on top

Dinner

  • soft baked potato with soft cooked shredded chicken and hummus

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Three

Breakfast

  • scrambled egg with small pieces of diced soft sweet potato

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • soft cooked carrots and zucchini with hummus

Afternoon Snack

  • mild cheddar cheese bites and soft cooked apple slices

Dinner

  • noodles with soft cooked small pieces of beef strips

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Four

Breakfast

  • baby oatmeal with banana or soft cooked apple

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • rice pudding with mango strips and soft cooked apples

Afternoon Snack

  • soft mango slices and cucumber sticks

Dinner

  • boneless salmon with soft cooked sweet potatoes

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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Day Five

Breakfast

  • 1 baby pancake with banana and yogurt

Morning Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula

Lunch

  • omelette with mushrooms

Afternoon Snack

  • pineapple and melon strips

Dinner

  • baby pasta with beef and tomato sauce

Bedtime Snack

  • 4 ounces of breastmilk or formula
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1 Year+

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Congratulations! By one year of age, your baby should be eating exclusively solids and should be drinking from a sippy cup. If your child hasn’t quite gotten there yet, that’s okay—he or she will probably catch up pretty soon. Knowing what to feed baby led weaning babies at this stage can be a lot less tricky than it was at the beginning of the process, so be sure to have some fun with it!

Day One

Breakfast

  • yogurt with grapes and banana

Morning Snack

  • baby pasta salad with veggies

Lunch

  • 1 sliced hot dog with sweet potatoes and broccoli

Afternoon Snack

  • rice cakes with applesauce

Dinner

  • tofu scramble with butternut squash and asparagus

Bedtime Snack

  • cheese sticks and blueberries
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Day Two

Breakfast

  • yogurt with blueberries and strawberries

Morning Snack

  • oatmeal and banana

Lunch

  • grilled cheese half sandwich and bowl of chicken soup

Afternoon Snack

  • toast with cream cheese and peanut butter

Dinner

  • small slice of homemade pepperoni pizza with apple sticks

Bedtime Snack

  • carrot sticks and hummus
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Day Three

Breakfast

  • scrambled eggs with broccoli and mushrooms

Morning Snack

  • baby pasta salad with veggies

Lunch

  • appetite-appropriate serving of chicken nuggets with broccoli

Afternoon Snack

  • rice cakes with peanut butter

Dinner

  • spaghetti with tomato sauce and turkey meatballs

Bedtime Snack

  • cheese sticks and mango slices
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Day Four

Breakfast

  • 1 baby waffle with applesauce and banana

Morning Snack

  • oatmeal and berries

Lunch

  • baby pasta with tomato and meat sauce and cooked asparagus

Afternoon Snack

  • toast with cream cheese and berries

Dinner

  • noodle stir fry with tofu, carrots, broccoli, and yellow squash

Bedtime Snack

  • broccoli and hummus
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Day Five

Breakfast

  • 1 baby waffle with yogurt, grapes, and blueberries

Morning Snack

  • baby pasta salad with veggies

Lunch

  • tofu scramble with zucchini and green peas

Afternoon Snack

  • rice cakes with banana and peanut butter

Dinner

  • 1 sliced hot dog with cooked squash and apples

Bedtime Snack

  • cheese sticks and apple slices
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Conclusion

We hope that this baby led weaning meal planner has helped you get a head start on ideas for serving your baby solid foods no matter which stage of the weaning process you have reached together.

Remember that there are a few baby led weaning foods to avoid for the health and safety of your child. For example, never feed a baby under one year of age:

Foods To Avoid

  • honey (to avoid botulism)
  • cow's milk (to avoid digestive issues)
  • grapes
  • chopped or whole nuts
  • blueberries
  • chocolate
  • sugar
  • caffeine

No matter what, always speak to your child’s pediatrician before making any changes to his or her diet. Keep up with regular pediatrician visits throughout the weaning process, too, and you’ll have an even greater chance for success.

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