Choo Choo trains and aeroplanes are out, baby led weaning is in, but what is it?
Forget spending endless hours trying to get your baby to eat from a spoon, it seems they are taking things into their own hands. Literally. Baby led weaning in the latest way to feed your child. Or as the name suggests, letting your baby feed themselves. This means no more purees, food processors or strange fruit and veg combos. Whatever you want to eat, your baby will want it too.
How does it work?
Babies naturally reach for food at around six months. By this age, children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves proper food, which for parents means no more mush. If you hand them food in suitably-sized pieces, they will then eat the food they like and leave the stuff they don’t. Simple.
If you’re worried this could stop your baby from breastfeeding or take formula, that’s not the case. It’s not about weaning babies off breastmilk or formula, it’s about weaning them onto solid food. When a baby is breastfeeding, they are introduce to food tastes through breastmilk. So baby led weaning is considered to be the next developmental stage and because breastfeeding is considered a baby’s first lesson in self regulation, it sets them up to be able to feed themselves. However, this doesn’t mean a formula-fed baby won’t adapt to the weaning process. Baby led weaning allows any little one to explore new tastes and textures, but removes the pressure of eating a set amount of food.