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Baby led weaning snacks for babies and toddlers: homemade ice lollies

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s summertime! And for us that’s meaning lazy afternoons round the paddling pool and Eli running about naked (except for a fetching straw sunhat). But this blog is about baby led weaning and we’re not here to talk about pools and hats. We’re here to talk about the perfect snack to round off that perfect summer afternoon. Enter the ice lolly.

baby led weaning - eating an ice lolly

Have you ever met a child who didn’t like an ice lolly? Making them basically means you’re winning at mumming. And they’re sooooo easy! There’s no slaving in the kitchen over a hot oven for this mum. Just pour your ingredients in moulds, freeze and ta-da! You’re done, time to get smug.

Now when I’m not thinking about baby led weaning I’m probably thinking about saving money so the frugalista in me feels compelled to mention that home-made ice lollies will also save you a ton over buying them constantly in the hot weather. Win win!

Where to buy ice lolly moulds for BLW

You can get moulds in most (every?) supermarket and pound shop so they shouldn’t be hard to find cheaply. If you are feeding a baby or young toddler, you might like these Nuby moulds* (affiliate link used) instead – we use them and they are great for a newly weaning baby as they’re the right size and so easy for them to hold.

Ideas for ice lolly flavours

  • Fruit puree – this is our go-to. Any kind of wrinkly fruit in your fruit bowl can be pureed and popped into moulds. Apple & blackberry (or any other berry), mango or rhubarb (sweetened) all work well here.
  • Fruit and yoghurt – layer up your fruit puree with Greek yoghurt for a pretty stripey effect.
  • Fruit and milk – blitz any fruit you like with milk – strawberry, mango or banana would all be good choices.
  • Juice – as a kid we used to make them from fruit juice or diluted squash. Less healthy than pureed fruit/smoothies as it doesn’t have the fibre, squash will also have sugar or sweeteners added. But could be lovely as a treat for the adults who may find the blended fruit or yoghurt versions a little tart.for their taste.
  • Breastmilk – great for babies who haven’t started baby led weaning yet and a lovely way to help little teething gums.

You can sweeten the lollies with a little honey if your child is over one (never give honey to an infant under 12 months) though it’s entirely optional and healthier to skip it. Another option is to combine tart fruits (like berries or rhubarb) with sweeter ones (like apple or pear).

You also can find some different ideas for kid’s lollies on the BBC Good Food site. Or try out your own combos. You can’t really go wrong with ice lollies 🙂

Looking for more snack ideas for your baby or toddler? Check out my exhaustive list here.

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