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Things We Love: Edition Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning Essentials

Emma’s been eating “solids” for about four months now, so I figured it was time to share a little bit about how and what she eats. If you’re not familiar with Baby Led Weaning, the elevator pitch is that you skip purées and go straight to “grownup food,” which gives babies the opportunity to self feed and generally makes life easier on you as parents. It’s very possibly the lazy way to feed your baby real food. And I’m totally on board with that. 

I plan to do a full post on the hows and whys of BLW eventually, but for now I’ll just share a few things that have made our BLW journey a little easier.

1. Bibs with pockets: We use both of these bibs. The Oxo version usually lives in the diaper bag for restaurant meals and the Tommee Tippee version stays at home. The best part of each of them is obviously the pocket- most of the food that gets dropped by little fingers (or ejected from a little mouth) lands in the pocket. Then when she runs out of food, we scoop up whatever’s in the pocket and put it back in front of her. Recently she’s discovered the pocket and its food-catching abilities and she’ll feed herself right out of it. The perfect pocket bib would be a mashup of these two: the softer silicone of the Oxo (and its fold-up ability) paired with the all-one-piece silicone design of the Tommee Tippee.

2. EZPZ Happy Mat: I have a real problem when it comes to Kickstarter. There are so many ingenious ideas out there, and sometimes I just get sucked into the black hole that is Kickstarter and I’m ready to back all the things. The Happy Mat is one of my most recent Kickstarter backs. It sticks to the table with magic suction. We do use it, but honestly it’ll be a better solution for when she’s older- for now, she can’t quite reach all of the compartments. But I still think it’s totally awesome and I wanted to tell you about it. 

3. Stokke Tripp Trapp: I fell in love with this highchair when I was pregnant and wrote it off as something we wouldn’t be able to purchase because it’s pricy, y’all. But lo and behold, people offload these on Craigslist all. the. time. It was just a matter of waiting and stalking before I found the perfect one! We love it because it pulls straight up to the table—no need for a tray— and it’s super easy to clean. Also, it will grow with her so she’ll be able to use it long after she’s left the highchair stage. And it’s pretty good-looking, no?

 4. BLASKA Dust pan and brush: Here’s the thing about BLW: it’s messy. Like super messy. I’ve heard people say that if your kid and your floor aren’t a mess, you’re doing it wrong. So this little broom + dustpan set has been really useful for us. Plus, you know, it was $1.49 at Ikea. I hear that having a dog also helps with the whole floor-cleanup thing.

5. Green Sprouts Glass Sip ‘n Straw cup: We really try to stay away from plastic in the kitchen, given concerns about BPA and other potentially harmful components. I didn’t think I would be able to find a glass sippy, but this one has a plastic sleeve outside and glass inside, so it works well. It’s pretty durable so far, but not totally leakproof, so I don’t know that I’d put milk or juice in it and just throw it in my bag. We also have the stainless Safe Sippy 2, but I really prefer to be able to see what’s inside and I just think water tastes better in glass. Emma hasn’t quite figured out the straw learning curve yet, but she’ll get the hang of it eventually. Since all of her hydration still comes from breastmilk, I’m not in a hurry for her to use the cup. I also just learned about SipSnap lids, which are little silicone lids that fit over any cup and turn it into a straw cup or sippy. Perfect for mason jars! I may have to order a set and try them out. I’m thinking they would work well for grownup smoothies and iced coffees in said mason jars, too.

Whole30 Recap: Week Two

So we’re halfway through our Whole30! If you’re wondering what a Whole30 is or curious as to why we’re doing one, check out my Whole30 Recap: Week One

Here’s the nitty gritty for week two:


  • Trying to use fewer potatoes, at least for James- and not always succeeding, ha! I love potatoes and do eat them purposefully to help maintain my milk supply. But if you’re focused on weight loss, you should probably eat fewer of them.
  • I’ve linked to recipes where I used them.
  • We are loving the Whole30 version of bulletproof coffee- our regular black coffee blended with a spoonful of ghee. Tastes incredible and counts as a fat serving for breakfast.
  • I ate a little more fruit this week, but tried to have it with meals and/or pair it with a fat.

Tuesday, Day 8IMG_2971.JPG
breakfast: sausage, spinach, potato hash with bulletproof coffee
lunch: salad with romaine, power greens, beets, blueberries, cucumber, tomato, grilled chicken, pistachios, olive oil and lemon juice for dressing
dinner: roasted garlic chicken soup, apple, almond butter

Wednesday, Day 9
breakfast: nothing. slept in and wasn’t hungry (skipping meals is not recommended! but i’m just being honest here.)
lunch: leftover roasted garlic chicken soup
dinner: Slow Cooker Squeaky Clean Beef Bourgignon (fantastic!) over mashed potatoes
snack: macadamia nuts, blueberries

Thursday, Day 10IMG_2992.JPG
breakfast: frittata with asparagus, prosciutto, and mushrooms. bulletproof coffee
lunch: spicy tuna cakes, avocado, sugar snap peas
dinner: bora bora fireballs (these were tasty but dry. probably because I misread the recipe and made them with ground turkey instead of pork. facepalm), Asian slaw (I just kinda winged this one- cabbage, red peppers, carrots, cashews in a dressing of coconut aminos, rice vinegar and sesame seeds), sweet potato. raspberries and coconut butter
snack: macadamias

IMG_3012.JPGFriday, Day 11
breakfast: sausage, sweet potato, zucchini hash. bulletproof coffee
lunch: kalua pig, sweet potato, sugar snap peas
dinner: burgers with roasted portobello buns, bacon, tomato, avocado, sweet potato fries

Saturday, Day 12
breakfast: sweet potato, spinach and sausage hash
lunch: leftover roasted garlic chicken soup
dinner: burrito bowls (leftover chicken/steak over cauliflower rice, peppers & onions, guac)

Sunday, Day 13
breakfast: hardboiled eggs, green smoothie (smoothies are not recommended, but it was a crazy morning for us and i was scrambling to get veggies+fat in an easy portable breakfast. must plan ahead next time! shoutout to my Instant Pot for three-minute boiled eggs, though.)
lunch: Chipotle salads, plantain chips, guac (Chipotle carnitas are compliant, along with the guacamole and all of the salsas except corn)
dinner: hash browns, fried eggs, homemade sausage

Monday, Day 14
breakfast: pig in a skillet. bulletproof coffee.
lunch: taco mason jar salad with salsa and plantain chips (James). roast beef rollups with veggies, avocado and Tessemae’s Cracked Pepper dressing (me)
dinner: kalua pig, sweet potato, avocado

So far, we’ve noticed a few NSVs (that’s Whole30-speak for non scale victories), including more energy—James says he’s not experiencing an afternoon crash anymore, body composition changes—I had to wear a belt to keep my jeans on the other day, and I feel like I’ve nearly gotten a handle on my sugar addiction/cravings.