A guide to baby led weaning

If you’re a first time mummy, the thought of having to introduce solids to your little one’s diet is pretty scary. Especially as it took so long to master breastfeeding and it only feels like yesterday that their delicate tiny tum finally settled.

Now to add something else to their diet seems just silly, but, as they continue to grow, so too does their appetite and nutritional needs.The good news is there is a long transitional period which will ease you and baby into it.

There are exceptions where early weaning is required but in most cases experts  recommend waiting until your baby is six months old before introducing solid foods. That’s because everything they need until this age is contained in your breastmilk or formula. If you are unsure about when is the best time to wean, it is best to speak with your medical professional.

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So, if the time has come to start the weaning process but mastering the perfect puree or battling with spoon feeding doesn’t sound like you, then you might be thinking about trying out baby led weaning instead.

Baby led weaning

Baby led weaning (BLW) is about letting your baby feed themselves rather than spoon feeding with purees. While the traditional method of weaning encourages babies to swallow first, chew second. With BLW, they will learn to chew before they swallow. Some mummies consider this a better and safer way for them to learn how to eat.

baby led weaning

Baby led weaning is about self feeding and allowing your baby to explore food for themselves.

The baby led weaning process is about allowing them to explore suitable foods by themselves with your careful encouragement. If you would like to give it a try then here’s some tips to get you started.

Top tips for successful baby led weaning

Read our top five baby led weaning tips on the next page…