Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a term coined by Ms. Gill Rapley, co-author of “Baby-led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods.” Popularized in the U.K, BLW approach involves allowing infants to self-feed family foods. Now, enthusiasm for bypassing purées and waiting until baby is ready to self-feed is also growing in many countries.
Baby-led weaning is an approach to introducing solid food where baby is allowed and encouraged to self-feed solid finger foods instead of receiving purées via spoon. For those of us in urban cities, baby led feeding may be a better term as BLW is not about weaning babies off breastmilk or formula, but is weaning them onto solids. But with BLW, the baby is in charge.) BLW babies:
Are encouraged to join the family at mealtime and self-feed appropriate finger foods.
Choose what, how much, and how quickly to eat.
Are given the freedom to explore new tastes and textures without the pressure to eat a set amount or a specific food.
Supports the development of eye-hand coordination, chewing skills, dexterity, and healthy eating habits
Continue to nurse (or receive a bottle) just as often. Solids are to compliment milk, and baby is trusted to know when to increase solid feedings and decrease milk (usually later in the first year).
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