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How do I start baby-led weaning?

How do I start baby-led weaning?

If you’ve decided to start your baby on solids the baby-led-weaning way, follow these basic principles:

  1. Continue to nurse or bottle-feed.
  2. Skip the schedule.
  3. Keep it soft.
  4. Prepare food according to your child’s age.
  5. Dine together.
  6. Offer a variety of foods.

How much does BLW cost?

Hear this out loudPauseWhen working out how much food to give your baby, aim for portions the same size as their fist, with one fistful of protein, one fistful of carbohydrates and two fistfuls of vegetables or fruits. Your baby will enjoy sitting and eating with you and your family, so share family mealtimes with them as much as possible.

How long do you do baby-led weaning?

Hear this out loudPauseThe Benefits of Baby-Led Weaning In a nutshell, baby-led weaning means skipping spoon-feeding purees and letting babies feed themselves finger foods right from the start-at about age 6 months.

How is BLW safe?

Hear this out loudPauseBLW may protect children from excess weight gain later in life. Experts believe this may be due to babies being much more involved in the eating process. With BLW, babies are allowed to grasp foods and bring them to their mouths at their own pace, with little influence from parents.

Can I start BLW at 5.5 months?

Hear this out loudPauseWhen to Start Baby Led Weaning Some babies may seem ready at 5 ½ months, while others may not be ready until 8 months of age. It’s important to take into account ALL readiness signs for each individual child. As always, consult your child’s pediatrician if you are unsure or have questions.

What are the disadvantages of baby led weaning?


  • Potential safety concerns. Giving babies certain foods before they’ve developed the needed oral motor skills to eat it could lead to gagging, vomiting and potentially choking.
  • Potential negative mealtime experience.
  • It’s harder to pinpoint an allergic reaction.

At what age should a baby have 3 meals a day?

Hear this out loudPauseFeeding your baby: from 10 to 12 months From about 10 months, your baby should now be having 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and tea), in addition to their usual milk feeds.

Can I start BLW at 5 months?

When should I start BLW weaning?

  1. The recommended age to start baby-led weaning is from six months onwards (NHS Choices, 2018).
  2. To try baby-led weaning, your baby will need to be able to grasp whole pieces of food and bring them to their mouth.
  3. First, you need to sit your baby upright facing the table, either on your lap or in a highchair.

Do pediatricians recommend BLW?

Hear this out loudPauseBaby-led introduction of complementary foods is a practice gaining in popularity among families with infants ready for the change from breast milk or formula to table foods, but it must be done in a developmentally appropriate way. Pediatricians, therefore, need to be aware of the best practices for BLW.

Does BLW increase choking?

Hear this out loudPauseThe American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing babies to solid foods when they are between 4 and 6 months of age. A new New Zealand study found that baby-led weaning did not cause more choking than traditional spoon-feeding. Still, the researchers discovered that both styles led to unsafe accidents.

Is 5 months too early to start baby-led weaning?

Hear this out loudPauseSo is it safe to start baby led weaning at 4 months or 5 months? This is not recommended. Expert Adele Stevenson, explains, “It’s very unlikely that a baby will reach these milestones and be ready for baby-led weaning, much before six months.