What is Baby-Led Weaning? June 16 2014, 0 Comments

 

Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. The term was originally coined by Gill Rapley, a former health visitor and midwife. The distinct advantage of weaning at around six months is that by then, our children are developmentally capable of feeding themselves proper food, in other words – no more mush!

What are the benefits of Baby Led Weaning?
According to Babycenter, BLW gives babies the chance to explore foods for themselves. It means they can cope with different food textures from the beginning of weaning.

Parents who have tried BLW are generally passionate about its benefits. They say their babies will eat anything and everything and that this helps to take the worry out of starting solids. But although there's plenty of anecdotal evidence about BLW, not much formal research has been done.

What are the down sides of Baby Led Weaning?
The process is very messy, and there is a lot of waste. If most of your baby's food ends up on the floor, there may be a limit to the number of nutrients she can get from her food.

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