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Baby Led Weaning

The Department of Health recommend that you start weaning from 6 months as that is when your baby needs the extra nutrients and their iron stores need to be replenished.

**Don’t ever leave your baby unattended whilst they are eating**

What is baby-led weaning?

Baby-led weaning is when you introduce finger foods right from the beginning – rather than starting off with spoon feeding purรฉes. However, feeding your baby purees does not make you a feeding failure. All babies are different and some prefer to be spoon fed rather than feed themselves.

The difference between baby-led and spoon-fed weaning is the order babies learn their feeding skills. With traditional weaning, babies learn to spoon feed first and chew later. With baby-led weaning, babies skip the smooth food phase and learn to manage lumps and chew from the beginning.

Why could baby-led weaning be good for my baby?

There are many potential benefits to baby-led weaning, including improved dexterity, early oral-motor skill development, self-regulation, ease for parents, decreasedย fussy eating and more.

What are the downsides of baby-led weaning?

  • Mess – there’s no doubt that BLW can get very messy but photos will also make good memories to look back on.
  • Time – it will take longer for them to eat and you can be unsure of how much they have eaten.

What do I need to get started?

You will need a highchair for your baby to sit in and your baby!

Make sure you check our Baby Led Weaning section for lots of lovely recipe ideas.

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