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3 Reasons to Do “Baby-Led Weaning” to Introduce Solids

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3 Reasons to Do “Baby-Led Weaning” to Introduce Solids

 

What is baby-led weaning?

“Baby-Led Weaning” means giving a baby table food and allowing him to feed himself, rather than spoon-feeding him purees. A baby’s gums can mash the food before any teeth come in. I’m talking about steamed broccoli, avocado, zucchini, etc. Not pizza, fried chicken, or French fries.

3 Reasons to Do Baby-Led Weaning - A Wandering Vine

Why should I do baby-led weaning?

  • It’s easy. Baby can eat with you, and eat what you eat. You don’t need to feed him/her, or buy/make purees.
  • It’s safer. A baby’s gag reflex is further toward the front of the mouth, helping to prevent choking. The gag reflex moves back as baby gets older. This helps him/her learn how to eat safely.
  • It creates better eaters. Baby develops a taste for the food your family eats. This leads to easier mealtimes in the future. Baby also learns to stop eating when he’s full.

Click here to starting bluuming today!How do I do baby-led weaning?

Starting around 6-months of age, cut healthy foods (steamed carrots, steamed broccoli, etc.) into pieces around 2-inches long. This enables the baby to grip it on one end and gnaw on the other end. Once the baby can pick up small things with his thumb and pointer finger (“pincer” grasp), you can give smaller pieces (like peas).

 

Is there anything else I should know?

 

What do you think? Would you do baby-led weaning with your kids?

 

24 Comments

  1. Linda

    These are great suggestions. I wish we would have done this earlier with my grandson. He dislikes alot of food. Thank you for sharing this information

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  2. Terry

    These are great tips.

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  3. krystel

    These are very great ideas this would be great for new parents

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  4. Tricia

    What an awesome guide for new moms.My Mom never breast fed any of us,and was not able to help much with advice for me.

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  5. Marthalynn

    This is such a great book! Unfortunately I got my hands on it too late. It would have made weaning such an easier transition for us if I’d have read this first. I’ll get this for my friends, though, so they don’t make the same mistakes I did with their new babies!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Sorry to hear that . I’m sure your friends will appreciate it, though!

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  6. Lana simanovicki

    I love these tips

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Thanks!

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  7. Cheryl Layshock

    I made purées with my first but with my second, I just don’t have the time! I love this so much better. My lil one is 4 months and I’m looking forward to trying this!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      It’s so much easier! Hope it works well for you

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  8. Debra Holloway

    These are awesome suggestions for women with little ones. I wish all these hints would have been available when my daughter was this small.

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  9. gale mccarron

    I did this with my Daughter and was surprised how well she was able to utilize the spoon while eatting. People were astonished.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      That’s awesome!

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  10. Jenna

    Interesting!

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  11. Cathy Jarolin

    This is really a great Concept if you can stand the mess and also make sure its soft food they eat. My Nephew Died when he was a baby getting a pretzel log logged in is windway! :(( This was so heart Breaking!! My Sister has never been the same~ So it does Happen.. Just be careful of what they eat!

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Oh, wow, I’m so sorry to hear that. I can’t imagine losing a child. I definitely agree, I would not recommend pretzels, chips, nuts, etc.

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  12. Jenna Niel

    Something to think about for sure

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  13. Judy

    My kids weaned at all different ages from 3 months to 6 months because they were ready to eat. All kids are different .

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  14. Jenna

    Great advice!

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  15. Erica D. Williams

    It’s true that you decided to do baby-led weaning. We should do that to adapt the baby to the food they’re about to eat when they’re able to chew things. Thanks for sharing the ways to do weaning. I will surely follow these tips to feed my baby. Hope it works well.

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  16. Rosalee Jacklin

    Thanks so much for the tips! My sister has been trying to figure out how to move up to solids.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Hope it’s helpful!

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  17. Deborah D

    Learned a lot from this post.

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    1. Tiffany (Post author)

      Glad to hear that! Thanks!

      Reply

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