The Department of Health
**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 purées. However, f
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, decreased 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.