Baby led weaning is an approach in which a baby is allowed and offered to eat solid foods instead of semi-liquid foods like cereal via spoon or bottle. Although some doctors suggest that you start semi-liquid type food when your baby is 4 months old, it is best to consider the baby led weaning approach on their own.
There are numerous benefits of baby led weaning for both kids and parents. It develops the oral motor skills of your baby, it improves the dexterity of chewing and save a lot of time for parents. It also creates a sense of control in babies that they can eat how much they want. This way they can trust their own cues if they are hungry or full and you don’t have to force them to eat. But it comes with the risk of choking. So, it is necessary that you take full responsibility to watch your kid while he or she is led weaning.
The babies start on their own when they are about 6 months old. They start from finger foods and skip the spoon feeding eventually. It is their age when they start to feel like chewing on something hard. It is also the age when your baby starts teething. Just wait and see how they approach. It is fine even when your baby doesn’t prefer solids and asks for puree, just give them time to figure their own calling. Some kids like purees and finger food, and this can also help as you start introducing solid food to your baby.
There are some important things that you must be aware of before your baby starts led weaning. Have a look:
• Your baby will gag a little:
Too much gagging in children is not a good sign but if your baby has been gagging once in a while then it is okay because the gag is a normal reflex to take the food down the throat easily to prevent choking.
• Don’t freak out on your baby
Babies are sensitive, and if they suddenly eat something big, or choke, or talk while eating, please stay calm, assess the situation and don’t freak out on them because it could lead to further choking.
• Don’t force your baby to eat your food
Some parents think that if the baby is up to eating solid food then they can eat the normal food of an adult, but that is not always the case. Some babies might not like or able to digest adult food.