When our children reach a new milestone it’s often really exciting for parents! However, it’s not uncommon for new parents to get a little stressed and anxious when their baby hits the stage of being ready for solids. It doesn’t help that there is a lot of conflicting advice out there with many different techniques. One of these is baby led weaning.
This technique isn’t for everyone, but it can be extremely helpful in teaching children how to feed themselves and encourages them to explore on their own. While it might be a little more nerve wracking, it does save a lot of prep time as opposed to pureeing foods. Again, there is no one right way to introduce solids to a baby, but for those who are interested, here are some tips for baby led weaning…
What is Baby Led Weaning?
Baby led weaning (BLW) is a way of feeding your child that involves letting your child take the lead and feed himself at his own pace, rather than you pureeing food and feeding your child. It allows your child to eat at her own pace, and also helps to support independence. Feeding oneself also helps to develop fine motor skills, which will later be used for writing.
When my older daughter was about four months old, I remember having a brief discussion with my Doctor about when and how to begin with solids. She told me that some parents puree foods and some just give their child a chunk of banana. I had already done my research and had my mind set on trying out baby led weaning so I was happy to hear this. For us it went really smoothly, but I also had a great Mom friend who was just a few months ahead of me in the process who provided tips and tricks for success.
My daughter also was very eager to feed herself, and quickly began to eat a variety of different foods. She is almost two years old now, and I’m happy to report that she still eats most things given to her, with a few of her favorites being salad and olives!