Baby Led Weaning

Time is flying by and Karis will already be 6 months old on Saturday. She has been doing wonderfully on her diet of breast milk, and I have been thoroughly enjoying feeding her, and hope that our nursing relationship will be an extended one. That being said, it is nearing the time to begin offering her some other nutritious foods.

I was perusing the internet the other day checking out the latest advice for what to offer my little one, when I came across the idea of baby led weaning.

Essentially, baby led weaning consists of preparing vegetables and fruits so that they are soft enough for baby to gum, cutting them into small cubes (to avoid a choking hazard), and simply placing on baby’s tray for them to feed themselves. The great thing is that you completely skip the step where you spoon-feed pureed food into baby’s mouth! As baby gets older and more familiar with different tastes and textures, you simply begin to offer baby more of the same foods that the rest of the family is enjoying.

You can only do this with a baby that has reached the six-month mark or they won’t be ready developmentally for grabbing the food, or for chewing the food.  As well, you always breastfeed baby first so that you know they are getting all of the calories and nutrients that are needed since they don’t actually consume much food in the beginning stages. After they get as much milk as they would like you sit them in their highchair and give them the prepared food to enjoy for themselves. I have read that this can be quite messy, but I think that I’m going to give it a try! Of all of my girls, Karis is the quickest to put anything and everything that she can get her little hands on STRAIGHT into her mouth, so I’m hoping that she’ll do a great job of feeding herself.

Next week sometime I’m going to give it a try and I’m thinking of steamed sweet potato as the first food to introduce – I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it turns out! Also, I would love to hear from any of you who have tried this method out.

Thanks for reading,

Karen

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    1. That sounds like a great idea, and makes sense! I hope Karis will like it, and that it works.

    2. Hey Karen,
      I did this with Hanna! We waited until she was 8 months old, but we didn’t use any purees. We started with finger foods, and just what the family was eating. She loved it, and she did great, never buying any baby food! We did feed her sometimes if our supper was terribly messy, or required a spoon, but most of the time she fed herself.
      Looking forward to seeing how Karis does!

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