In recent years, Baby Led Weaning has become a popular method of introducing solid food to babies. You might hear the word “wean” and immediately assume it means taking away baby’s milk. However, “weaning” in this case simply means adding in food. And in Baby Led Weaning, adding in food means serving normal, suitably sized pieces of food and letting baby decide what to do with it! Once you’ve read up on the facts of what Baby Led Weaning is, here are some reasons you’ll be glad you took the plunge.
There’s no time added to your meal prep because baby’s menu is the same as your menu! You don’t even need to buy extra food in the early stages because baby will mostly be exploring the food (maybe not actually eating it yet), as they still are getting the majority of their nutrition from breast milk and formula.
You don’t need all of the extra kitchen gadgets that most parents stock up on to make pureed foods. Bonus- you don’t have to clean all those extra prep dishes after dinner, either.
When you think about it, our little ones are out of control with just about everything in their little lives. From getting dressed, to activities you do together, we make all the decisions for them! Baby-Led Weaning gives baby the chance to be in the driver’s seat and move at their own pace. The new found independence will excite you both!
Baby-Led Weaning is all about letting baby explore and learn. Simply holding or touching the food is a victory because they are gathering information about the sight, smell, and texture of normal food. The more they learn, the more comfortable and excited they will become about eating!
Baby-Led Weaning is perfectly safe. In fact, it allows baby to build safe habits that will ensure food safety as she begins to eat more. With traditional purees, baby learns to swallow before chewing. This can be confusing for baby when they are later served solid food. With BLW, baby immediately learns the proper routine of chewing food and then swallowing.
The essence of Baby Led Weaning is simply eating and enjoying food together. It creates a bond between the two of you, as sharing meals with people often does. Let this be a fun learning experience for you both, and enjoy every bite along the way!
For more information on Baby Led Weaning, visit www.babyledweaning.com