Baby-led weaning, is an exciting and natural approach to weaning, based upon things that people have done all over the world for centuries. In this process you let your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning, alongside breast or bottle feeding.
According to the most recent research most babies reach for food at around six months, which is also the time that mothers are being encouraged to start solid foods by health professionals.
The distinct advantage of weaning at around six months is that by then, children have the coordination and motor skills to start feeding themselves proper food. This means you don’t have to mash everything up into purees and feed your child with a spoon.
You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t.
One of the best things about baby-led weaning is it supports the development of eye-hand coordination, chewing skills, dexterity, and healthy eating habits.
It also encourages babies to learn self-regulation. Baby-led weaning helps babies to learn to stop eating when they feel full. With spoon fed purees, parents can sneak in a couple more spoonfuls even if the baby is full. This means babies learn to overeat and not recognize the body’s signals that they have had enough.
If you feel that this is the right method for you and your baby and are fed up with purees then Baby-Arabia says – “give it a try”. Here are some guidelines on how to get it right.