WHAT IS BABY-LED WEANING?

Baby-led weaning is where your baby is encouraged to explore and pick up food with their hands to feed themselves. It usually involves skipping the purees and going straight to finger foods.

WHY BABY-LED WEANING?

Baby-led weaning has been shown in studies to reduce fussiness as it allows your little one to be in charge from the start, exploring and choosing what they decide to pick up and eat. Being able to hold and explore their food your little learner becomes more confident and happy at mealtimes as they're more likely to take food into their mouth, move it around and swallow safely.

WHEN TO START BABY-LED WEANING?

There are usually 3 signs that your baby is ready to move on and try solid food. But don’t worry if it takes your little learner longer it’s important to trust your instincts and tune into your little one as they’ll let you know when they are ready!

 

  1. Coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth
  2. Can stay in a sitting position, holding their head steady
  3. Swallow food (rather than spit it back out)

HOW TO START BABY-LED WEANING?

Solid food will feel strange at first, start slowly and simply with soft finger foods such as soft banana slices. Do this each day until your baby is looking for more. Over the next couple of weeks gradually increase the amount you are giving, whilst continuing with milk feeds and slowly introducing new flavours and textures.

BABY-LED WEANING FOODS

When your little one is ready to start try finger foods that are soft to eat and in a finger shape like slices of avocados, as your baby grows along with thier confidence you can try more tastes and textures such as: