Baby Led Solids: Research & Experiments

Baby Led Solids: Research & Experiments

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Introduce baby to solid pastaI made a vegetable lasagna for dinner one night and gave Buttercup a few leftover lasagna noodles. They were a bit tricky for her to pick up because they kept suctioning themselves to her highchair tray, but if we moved them to the edge she could pick them up easily enough. Obviously, something like a penne noodle would have been ideal for baby led solids, but sometimes you just have to make do with what you have! I have since tried rotini noodles and they were much easier for Buttercup to hold on to.

I only ever have whole wheat pasta in my house, so that's what Buttercup had. I read something once about making sure your baby doesn't eat too much fiber/whole grain before they're first birthday. Something about nutrient absorption and making them feel full too soon... I've scoured the internet for that article and can't for the life of me find it, so I guess it's not too important? I am definitely not giving Buttercup too many starches/grains. I want the bulk of her solid foods to be fruits, veggies and meats. Her carbs can come from breastmilk, which is still the best food for her.

PROS: easy to chew
CONS: a little tricky to handle


  1. Gill Rapley talks about this in her book. I always have whole wheat bread etc and figure my daughter doesn't ingest much yet anyway.

  2. Thanks, Miriam! I knew I read it somewhere! I'm not too worried about her having whole grains either. Even now that Buttercup is eating more I think it's ok.