Baby-led weaning is a way of introducing solids into an infant's diet. It involves allowing them to feed themselves freely, rather than being spoon-fed pureed foods. Typically, this style of feeding begins around the age of six months old or when your baby is developmentally ready for solid foods.
The concept behind baby-led weaning is that it allows infants to explore and learn about food through their senses. Specifically taste, and touch. This encourages self-feeding and gives your baby the opportunity to learn to chew and swallow more foods. It can also assist with the developments of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, which is a definite plus!
In order to practice baby-led weaning, you might offer your infant a variety of soft, age-appropriate foods, such as cooked vegetables, fruits, and grains, and allow your baby to feed themselves using their hands. Even though this method encourages independence for your little one, it is still highly important that you continue to supervise your baby while they eat. It is important to remember that infants should be supervised while eating, as they may not have the coordination to safely chew and swallow all types of food.
Some benefits of baby-led weaning include:
Encouraging self-feeding and independence
Allowing babies to learn about food through exploration
Promoting the development of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
Encouraging the acceptance of a wide variety of foods
It is important to consult with a healthcare provider or a pediatrician before starting solid foods and to discuss any concerns or questions about baby-led weaning.
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