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Why Should I Follow Baby Led Weaning?

Are you thinking of doing following the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) eating method? You might be a little worried or concerned about how everything works – Well, worry no more, I’m sharing all sorts of information in regards to why we did BLW with Emmett.

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This is the very FIRST time we gave Emmett solid foods.


First, you may be wondering why we chose the BLW method in the first place, right? Or maybe you’re wondering how I came across this method?

Well, similar to how you’re getting this information right now, I got it from one of my favorite blogs, The Art of Making a Baby. She used this method with her daughter and was seeing such success that I decided to read up on it. You can read my review of the Baby Led Weaning book here.

I was hooked right from the start. One of the big things the method touts is that since your child is in charge of feeding themselves, they’re never forced to eat anything they don’t like nor will they eat too much. As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I struggle with Binge Eating Disorder and emotional eating. I do not want Emmett to ever have to suffer through this, and wanted to take every precaution and in ensuring his eating health. Number one was to breastfeed him from birth, and now number two was to follow Baby Led Weaning.

Another big important thing to note about BLW is that they recommend you start with veggies (not fruit or cereal), broccoli in particular. It allows your child’s pallet to develop to the less sweet foods (including fruit), that they then typically end up wanting more of. We did eventually get to bananas, apples and strawberries, but Emmett’s first foods was steamed broccoli, followed by steamed baby carrots and roasted sweet potatoes.

An Effective Way to Feed Your Child

I truly believe that BLW is one of the most effective ways to feed a child who is 6 months or older. They learn how to feed themselves right off the bat, rather than being spoon-fed (though, Emmett did use a spoon, but on his own). In the beginning, since babies love to put everything in their mouths, you just place the foods on the high chair tray in front of the baby, they naturally want to pick it up and mouth it. Since this is all about exploration, if you are feeding your 6 month old breastmilk or formula, them filling their belly with veggies is completely unnecessary.

A couple of other things of note, it is super easy to prep food for your baby when following BLW. Baby eats what you eat! This can lead to a more experimental child when it comes to food choices, even as they grow. Children learn to feed themselves earlier, so they learn to stop eating when their bellies are full.

You will still have a thriving, healthy baby if you don’t follow BLW – but by following it, you will find it MUCH easier to get your baby, turned toddler, turned 4 or 5 year old, to try new things. Emmett (now almost 2 1/2), may not eat or like everything we put in front of him, but 9 times out of 10, he will at least try it – and many times he’s learned that he likes it (cherry tomatoes is an example of this, for us).

When I first came across BLW I was very skeptical. I always thought, how is a baby not going to choke(more to come on this aspect in a future post)!? I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Right off the bat, Emmett was successful with it. We started with broccoli and he ate it immediately, picking it up and putting it into his mouth. He gummed it a bit and probably got a few leaflets down, but he didn’t have even the slightest problem with the taste (and NO gagging!).

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A Couple Additional Things to Remember

  • You should not begin using the BLW method until your baby is 6 months of age or older. The child’s stomach is just not ready for ANY food prior to that. It can cause stomach distress or an onset of allergies.
  • On that note, remember your baby makes the decision on when he/she is ready to eat. You can offer them food, but if they’re not interested, that’s okay, because….
  • Until a baby is 9 months old, they don’t REALLY need solids. They should be getting most of their calories from breastmilk or formula. Naturally, by around 9 months, your little one will start to notice how the solid foods taste yummy and help keep their bellies full longer.
  • You should always serve your child food in a high chair. You want them sitting upright and contained.
  • Gagging is NOT choking, but a productive means that the baby uses to keep himself from choking (there’s a whole section in the book dedicated to this).
  • Even though there will likely be gagging, there will probably be less than if the baby is spoon-fed, bc the child is in control of how much and the speed at which they eat.
  • Most foods are not off limits. Since you don’t start BLW until the baby is at least 6 months, your child’s stomach is developed enough to handle any food. (You should avoid milk and PB if you have a family history of allergies).
  • There’s no need to prepare for BLW. As long as you have a high chair, you’re ready. Make your 6 month old child some extra soft broccoli or maybe even sweet potatoes, place them in their high chair at the table with you and watch the magic happen. 🙂

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking of following this method, I highly recommend you read the book Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett, it will answer any possible questions you may have about the process. I know there are tons and tons of forums and blog posts (like this one) that are helpful, but I think it is very important to read the book, as there are loads of tips, that are not included here.

I personally read through the book twice, and then certain sections, 3 or 4 more times. I highlighted, tagged and wrote on many of the pages. I wanted to be well prepared and well-versed before we began the process (I read the book when he was 5’ish months old). And, I’ll be honest, the first few times Emmett gagged were kind of scary, but we were right there, watching his every move and, just like the book says, he gagged twice and the too large food was back in the front of him mouth.

It is important to mention that gagging is NOT choking! Gagging is a defense mechanism and the baby’s gag reflex starts at about the center of their tongues, WAY before it reaches their throat, so babies are very good at protecting themselves.

Trust me, I completely understand the nervousness that surrounds feeding your child this way – you’re worried that they’re going to get enough nourishment or maybe that they’ll choke. Just remember, your child will not start devouring food at 6 months they don’t need to, it is more for exploration, and getting familiar with feeding themselves. Around 9 months is when your child will begin actually eating with the intent to fill their bellies.

Even, despite all my worries, I don’t regret feeding Emmett BLW style, and I honestly think it was one of the BEST decisions I ever made as a first time mommy. Now, he’s an adventurous eater and will try most things we put in front of him.

Your turn!

Have you tried BLW? What was your experience like?

Have you thought about following the BLW method, but you’re nervous? What other information would be helpful to know?


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Delicious Zucchini Pasta

Hey everyone! I thought I’d do something a little different today and let a good friend of mine take the reigns and share a delicious (and gluten-free) recipe with you today! 

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Hi all! Adrianne here. I’m super excited to be sharing this recipe with the Baby Doodah community! It’s a perfect light meal for these hot summer days, and you will exponentially increase your chances of getting non-veggie eaters to eat their veggies (this is obviously backed by science). (This post first appeared on my blog adie-cakes, but it was just to good to keep to my own little corner of the blogosphere!)

In my (seemingly) never-ending quest to be the poster child for health and wellness (or, more realistically, offset those crazy days), I’m always on the lookout for interesting healthy meals.

Enter: vegetables masquerading as pasta.


Now I know some lend themselves better to the task (like spaghetti squash, an obvious choice as the name would suggest), but I like to make things difficult. Zucchini? Without a mandolin? Why not?


While cutting zucchini into thin strips may be an annoyingly tedious and time consuming process, it was absolutely, totally worth it. As someone who loves her carby carbs, believe me when I tell you that you won’t even miss the pasta.

Now, don’t go in expecting the zucchini to taste like pasta, because that would be delusional. But, it makes for a pretty decent substitute, as a veggie with a relatively low flavor profile.



I used my zucchini pasta as a sub in my previously-posted pasta with sautéed leeks and mint (link to come later if you don’t feel like searching, but I can’t figure out how to get a link in when posting from the good ol’ iPad), which made for a very Springy green dinner.

So. Gather thee thy patience and a good sharp knife, and a few zucchini (duh), and make some pasta without the guilt!

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Zucchini “pasta” (1-2 zucchini per person, depending on size (of the zucchini, not the person))

Cut off the ends of your zucchini. Slice it lengthwise to about 1cm thick (aka thin – you’d be crazy to think I used a ruler). Slice each piece into matchsticks. Bring a pot of shallow water to a simmer, and simmer the zucchini for about 4-5 minutes. The zucchini should be cooked, but not soft and mushy like it can get (think al dente). Strain out water and toss zucchini with whatever sauce you’re using. I threw it into the pan with my leeks and sautéed for a couple minutes, for reference.



I’m linking this yummy recipe up with Peas and Crayons and What I Ate Wednesday and Weekend Wind Down.

Husbando Grande’s Garlic Guacamole

Happy Belated Cinco De Mayo! I’m super excited to share my family’s delicious guacamole recipe.

In case you’re wondering about the title of the post, this is my husband’s recipe that I just can’t get enough of. He requested that the name be Husbando Grande’s Garlic Guacamole, who am I to say no!?

I’m a wee bit late, getting this posted for Cinco De Mayo, but let’s be honest, is there ever a bad time for guac? I love the stuff and this right here is my FAVORITE recipe. I thought, why should I hoard it, share for all to enjoy, so here yah go!

best-guacamole-ever---baby-doodah-2We make this as frequently as possible, and it gets devoured in pretty much one sitting. I wish I could remember the very first time that Seamus made this for me, but I don’t. What I do remember is falling instantly in love. It was so garlicy and oniony that my mouth did a little dance. Then when you add in the salt from the chips, woo-wee is it good! This is probably why we don’t make it on a weekly basis. Ha!


Any time we’re celebrating anything, or there’s a reason for snacks, I recommend that Seamus make his guacamole. There was one year that my mom was having a New Year’s Eve party, I wanted to help with the food, so we made this guac. It was a hit! My sister and mom still talk about how good it was. Which makes me think that we should make it again next time we’re visiting.


So I should probably stop yapping and get to the guacamole, right?  🙂 Here you go!



I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for hosting WIAW, Jenn!

Your turn!

What’s your favorite Mexican food?

If you’ve tried the guacamole recipe, what do you think?

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My Favorite Big Game Snacks

Delicious Big Game Snacks

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I’m not the biggest of football fans, I’ll occasionally watch the Bills play, but no matter what I always watch the Superbowl. When I was a little kid it was always an event, we’d be allowed to stay up and watch the big game (our bedtime was 8:30 at the time), but we had to take a nap in the middle of the day so that we weren’t so tired or cranky come Monday morning. It was always so much fun!

I remember a couple of years in a row that we ordered pizza (for delivery) and it never showed up, and when you’d call the pizza place they’d say they lost the order. Great business, right!? This year, so that we don’t have to wait for delivery, we’ll be making snacks at home!

My Big Game Snacks

  1. Seamus’ Guacamole – Number 1 on the list for any superbowl is this guac. I LOVE this stuff! It’s a fairly simple recipe that hopefully I can share in the future, but it is a MUST for during the game.
  2. Cheese and Crackers – Another old stand by. If you don’t have a lot of time or don’t enjoy cooking cheese and crackers are a great choice. I remember my mom always having different kinds of cheeses, pepperoni and crackers out.
  3. Blue Cheese Ranch Dip – I’ve never met a single person who doesn’t love dip, I’m sure they exist, I just have yet to find them. Anyway, for all those dip lovers in your life, why not give this delicious dip from Lemons for Lulu, a try.
  4. Football Deviled Eggs – I honestly never thought of deviled eggs as a football appetizer, but when made this way they totally work. Yum!
  5. Pizza Bites – So that you don’t have to order out, why not try these delicious pizza bites?
  6. Pizza Dip – A personal favorite of mine! We make this frequently, but it would fit in perfectly at your Big Game party.
  7. Cheese Steak Dumplings – I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE dumplings, so making them with cheese steak filling just seems like a completely genius idea!
  8. Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites – Oh my drool… These sound absolutely out of this world! The spicy sour cream dipping sauce kind of puts this recipe in the range of most delicious thing EVER.
  9. Loaded Baked Potato Rounds  – If you know me, it’s no secret that I love potatoes. These are are quick and easy, and the perfect accouterments to your game day menu.
  10. Chicken Bacon Artichoke Dip – Three wonderful recipe ingredients, that will make one amazing dip!

And then to combat all of those calories, try this Super Bowl Workout put together by Skinny Mom.


Your turn!

What are your favorite snacks to have at the Super Bowl?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkey to yours!

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Hey ladies, wanna come over to my place for some turkey?


You can see Emmett’s bruise from his fall this weekend, really well in this picture. 🙁

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 Check out and compare, my big boy, this Thanksgiving to last Thanksgiving.

What I Ate Wednesday – #9

We are entering our third month of What I Ate Wednesday! How fun!

I woke up in a stupendous (there’s a word you don’t hear regularly) mood. My alarm went off and I dreaded crawling out from my cozy blanket, but I did it anyway. BUT don’t think of me as any kind of hero, because I just went to the couch and slept until quarter to 6. 😀 I just didn’t want to reset my alarm and have it go off again and wake Seamus up. I knew the couch would work just as well for additional sleep for me.

My What I Ate Wednesday Eats:

Breakfast was the same as last week and just like last week, I was so hungry that I ate it before I thought to snap a picture. Either way, I had a whole wheat english muffin with a slice of cheese and a scrambled egg. It was (and always is) delicious!

Snack, (OH MY!) let me tell you about my snack. It was an extremely decadent maple bacon donut. Oh how delicious, and dare I even say pretty, it was. Mmmmm


what-i-ate-wednesday-911-6Does anyone else plan 1 meal for lunch and then just eat that for everyday? I used to try and choose something different so I didn’t get bored but I was spending so much money on groceries and having so much waste, since I wasn’t using everything, that now I just choose one meal for the week. I either make enough for the week on Sundays, or choose something that I can throw together each night while I pack my lunch. This week I did the baked potato and some yogurt.




I grabbed a couple of carrots and a scoop of hummus before I left work. I hate getting hungry in the car, it makes it really difficult to avoid stopping for junk.

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I decided to give Wegmans Cilantro Jalapeno hummus a try! It was really really good, I definitely recommend it.

Dinner was something quick and comforting, ravioli and garlic bread. With getting home from work so late and trying to get in some workouts (or at least a walk), we just don’t have a lot of time. That’s when we tend to settle for something quick and maybe not quite so healthy, we try to have a nice balance. Unfortunately, I forgot to get any pics of dinner. Sorry about that!

I’m pretty sure Emmett enjoyed his meal, what do you think?

what-i-ate-wednesday-911-7And finally, I’m super excited because we finally ordered Emmett’s big boy car seat and it came in today. We haven’t put it in my car yet, but I can’t wait to be done with the infant one, no more lugging that thing (and Emmett) around.


Your turn!

Share your What I Ate Wednesdays!

Thank you to Peas and Crayons for hosting, What I Ate Wednesday. Stop on over there, give her some love and LINK UP


What I Ate Wednesday – # 5

It’s that time of the week again, that time for What I Ate Wednesday.

It wasn’t an exciting day for eats but still yummy nonetheless. Let’s get started right off with breakfast, I had two slices of Wegmans 100% Whole Wheat bread, with eggs that were supposed to be overhard but both yolks burst as I was flipping them (boo!). On the bread was some Trader Joe’s Goat Cheese, avocado and some absolutely delicious locally grown, never been refridgerated, tomato. Yes, I’m being very descriptive because I love tomatoes, but more specifically those that are grown and picked in WNY that have never once seen the inside of a fridge.

Let’s take a step back for a second, when I was a little girl my grandma did canning, she’d make homemade BBQ sauce, tomato sauce and tomato juice. I loved being a part of it, we’d do all of the work in her basement and crank the tomatoes through the grinder by hand. She was always so cautious, worried that one of us might lose a finger in the grinder so we (mostly my sister and I) did the cranking and she’d push the tomatoes in. We’d also then help her scrape the screen where the skins and seeds got caught, some of that would be saved and used in some of her recipes. As I retell this story, I am putting myself right back in her basement, smelling the already ground tomatoes boiling down on the stove for one of the three recipes. But my favorite thing of all would be when she’d let us grab one of the tomatoes straight from the bushel and eat it like an apple, no washing or slicing. The taste was out of this world, I can still feel it hitting my taste buds today.

When I went to the Farmer’s market this past weekend and realized that it was fresh tomato season, I did a little cheer to myself. I bought a bunch of the larger ones for salads and just for eating (like an apple) but then also bought some cherry tomatoes. When I first threw one of those in my mouth, it took me right back to my grandma’s basement. Mmmmm

Alright time for some pics, here’s my breakfast.

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As you can see I also had two yellow plums and that one has a bite out of it. Well, the external flash on our camera needs new batteries and we don’t currently have any in the house so when I need to use the flash, it takes forever to warm up and I was very hungry this morning. I couldn’t wait! 😀

I completely forgot to get a photo of my lunch. I had a luncheon at work, I had 2 slices of vegetable pizza, a bowl of salad and one too many brownies.

Dinner was one of my favorites! Pulled pork with a slice of American cheese with horseradish on a Marco Polo roll, so delicious. We do it pretty easily in the crock-pot, just throw half a pork shoulder in with some salt, pepper and BBQ seasoning for about 8 hours. Then, about a half hour before you want to eat, pour a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce in and let it cook on high for about 30 minutes. Finally… enjoy!


We also had some roasted broccoli, where, yes, I put a slice of American cheese on it. I couldn’t resist, I haven’t done it in ages and thought, what the hell!?



I also had some Polar Triple Berry Seltzer Water. I’ve been really into the setlzer lately, but my favorite flavor has to be the vanilla. It tastes almost like an Italian soda. Yummy!



And finally, I work from home on Wednesdays. I’m pretty fortunate in that Emmett does a great job of entertaining himself and leaving me to get work done. However, today, he wanted to be as near as possible while I was working.


He laid like that for quite some time, while I was just typing away. Such a sweetie!

Your turn!

What did you enjoy on this What I Ate Wednesday?

 As always, a huge thank you to Peas and Crayons for hosting!
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