Baby led weaning food size chart

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Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food by Gill Rapley

Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed purees. Self-feeding allows babies to use their natural abilities to explore taste, texture, colour and smell. It encourages independence and confidence by allowing them to experiment with foods at their own pace and helps to develop hand-eye coordination and chewing.

Baby-led Weaning is a practical and authoritative guide to introducing solid food, enabling your child to grow up a happy and confident eater. It shows parents why baby-led weaning makes sense and gives them the confidence to trust their babys natural skills and instincts.

With practical tips for getting started and the low-down on what to expect, Baby-led Weaning explodes the myth that babies need to be spoon-fed and shows why self-feeding from the start is the healthiest way for your child to develop. Your baby is allowed to decide how much he wants to eat, how to eat it and to experiment with everything at his own pace.

Baby-led weaning is a common-sense, safe, easy and enjoyable approach to feeding your baby. No more purees and weaning spoons, and no more mealtime battles. Simply let your baby feed himself healthy family food.
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Baby-Led Weaning

Thinking about starting your sweetie on solids? You may imagine mounds of mushy rice cereal and pureed peas plus lots of time coaxing baby to open that tiny mouth. A growing number of moms are bypassing purees and jarred baby food altogether with baby-led weaning giving their babies control over what and how much they put in their mouths. Popular in the U. It's called baby-led because that's what the premise is letting your little one feed herself the healthy foods she wants to eat right from the start which is why this works only for a baby who's at least 6 months old and capable of self-feeding. And it allows babies to learn how to chew or more accurately, gum first, then swallow.

Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. Introducing your baby to solid foods, sometimes called complementary feeding or weaning, should start when your baby is around 6 months old. At the beginning, how much your baby eats is less important than getting them used to the idea of eating. They'll still be getting most of their energy and nutrients from breast milk or first infant formula. Giving your baby a variety of foods, alongside breast or formula milk, from around 6 months of age will help set your child up for a lifetime of healthier eating. Gradually, you'll be able to increase the amount and variety of food your baby eats until they can eat the same foods as the rest of the family, in smaller portions. If your baby was born prematurely, ask your health visitor or GP for advice on when to start introducing solid foods.

Why wait until around 6 months?

We introduced Harry to solids using a method called Baby-Led Weaning. Most methods for transitioning a baby to solids begin with purees and slowly increase the chunk factor.

Baby led weaning in a nutshell means letting your child feed themselves from the start. Hope this post encourages and motivates you to offer a wide variety of foods in a safe and fun way! Familiarity is a big part of taste and acceptance, and the earlier the exposure to all the different flavors and textures, the greater their acceptance. If your baby stays on pureed textures for too long, it may be much more difficult to get them to accept different textures later. In this blog post, I want to walk you through how to serve age-appropriate foods with respect to size and texture when taking the baby led weaning approach.

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