Baby led weaning vs baby food
Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food by Gill RapleyContrary 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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Purees vs Baby-Led Weaning?
Introducing solids to your baby is an exciting, messy and enjoyable milestone that marks the beginning of a long and tasty journey. As adults, taking food to your mouth, biting, chewing, and swallowing is automatic, but we must remember that our little ones need to learn how to eat step by step. Weaning has changed a lot over the past few generations and differs between cultures, for example mashed pasta as a first food in Italy and hand mashed mild curry in India. Irrespective of the weaning method used, the goal is the same - start your baby on solid food at around six months and have them consuming a nutritious family diet by twelve months. It is the steps to get to family foods that may differ. Either way, feeding your child should be an enjoyable and positive experience for both the parent and child. There are two main approaches to introducing solids.
My first two kids were introduced to solids using a traditional puree approach. When my third baby was born this past summer, I decided to give Baby-Led Weaning a try. Baby-Led Weaning originated in the UK. It promotes offering babies long graspable, large coin-shaped, or soft, mushy, and dissolvable finger foods instead of feeding purees with a spoon. The basic premise is that if you wait to start solids until 6 months, babies will be ready to eat finger foods, and the puree stage can be skipped altogether. Babies can eat purees, but with their fingers or utensils, not spoon-fed by the parents. There has been very little research done in this area, but most of the studies I found had optimistic conclusions, suggesting that Baby-Led Weaning strengthens self-regulation, increases exposure to family foods, and even helps kids be more adventurous eaters later in life.
The idea is that babies are given small bits of different types of solid foods and will self-feed. Some parents argue that babies will grow up to be more adventurous eaters if they explore different tastes and textures on their own. On the other hand, conventional wisdom argues that it is harder to choke on a thin puree, so they may be safer to introduce earlier. There is no research to say what foods to introduce first. For most babies, starting with purees or doing BLW is probably fine! That means he or she has good head control, can sit in a high chair, opens his or her mouth when food approaches or seems interested in food, and is at least double his or her birth weight.
Time to start feeding your baby something other than formula and breast milk! Unfortunately… not so much. Baby-led weaning BLW is a method of introducing your baby to solid foods.
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Are you wondering if you should do Traditional Weaning or Baby-Led? Like every aspect of raising a child, there are so many opinions out there and it can be difficult to decide what is best. This is a summary of my experience with both methods. Of course, everyone is different, as is every baby. What is great for one person may not be for another. There are two basic approaches to weaning: the traditional method , where you offer purees to start with, and the baby-led method. I went down the traditional weaning route with my eldest, Finn, and I am now three months into weaning Rory, my youngest, using the baby-led method.