Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a way of introducing solid foods (complementary foods) to babies. The traditional puree stage is skipped and babies eat pieces of food like meatballs, roasted vegetables and fresh fruit. The foods offered are complementary, so breastfeeding continues on demand. Babies are usually ready to start exploring with pieces of food at around six months of age.
Babies typically start by playing with the food when they are initially introduced to solids and won’t actually eat much. However, don’t worry as this is all part of the process! Babies will explore the many tastes and they will eventually become better able to feed themselves. They didn’t eat much of a certain food the first time? Try offering it again at another time (without forcing). They may eat more of it the next time around (or maybe not and that’s ok). Babies will familiarize themselves with various types of shapes and textures, making use of their five senses. Many parents think of this as a discovery and learning process for babies where they practice their motor skills. Could babies be less picky and more comfortable with a larger range of foods with BLW?
When babies feed themselves, they will have the independence and autonomy to eat as much or as little as they need. Babies know when they are full and have had enough food. They’ve actually known since birth! With BLW, they are being given the opportunity to listen to their own hunger cues and appetite instead of the parent trying to decide how much their child should eat. Could BLW be part of the solution to the prevention of obesity?
With BLW, babies are also able to enjoy their meal at their own pace. This autonomy makes it easier for parents because they don’t have to spend time spoon-feeding them. The baby eats with the rest of the family. This leads to a pleasant, pressure-free atmosphere for babies to discover the many sensory experiences that come with consuming a variety of foods.
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