Before we start discussing everything about baby-led weaning, let’s define what this is first. Baby led-weaning is an approach to introduce solid food to your kid when she or he turns five months old. It a nutshell, it’s all about letting your baby eat and explore new taste and texture by him or herself.
How Does Baby-led Weaning Works?
With baby-led weaning, your kid is the boss. You need to keep your hands off and wait for your little one to eat the food that is presented. Just a reminder, you should buy a high chair before practicing this eating technique.
Dos and Don’ts of Baby-Led Weaning
If you want to try baby-led weaning, you should remember these tips:
- Make sure the chair is stable
- Cut food into long stick strips, so that your baby can easily grasp them
- Stay with your baby while she or he’s eating
- Prepare a towel to clean the mess in the chair and table.
The Benefits of Baby Led Weaning
Many dietitians and pediatricians say that baby-led weaning can be great and it even provides benefits. Here are some of these perks:
Develop Good Eating Habits
Through baby led weaning, your baby may develop good eating habits. Since your little one can experiment with a wide range of food, she or he won’t be picky growing.
Improve Motor Skills
Your baby will learn how to practice her or his motor skills. Since he or she will grab and put food to the mouth, she will also have finesse hand-eye coordination.
Be Exposed to Texture and Shapes
One of the great things about baby-led weaning is that you expose your child to different colors, shapes, and textures. Indeed, this eating habit can improve mental development as well.
Try this technique too, moms!