Many parents are terrified of feeding their baby beyond pureeds: “Won’t my baby choke if I feed him “real” food?”
Many proponents of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) believe babies are actually at less risk of choking if they feed themselves rather than being spoon-fed by a parent. This is because the baby is in full control. There also may be less confusion on the baby’s part by using BLW. When starting with pureeds, babies just suck the food off the spoon and swallow right away, just like a liquid. When there are chunks introduced into a puree, babies have not yet learned how to chew and may be confused about what to do with it.
Another benefit of BLW and introducing full foods sooner, is that the gag reflex is further forward in the mouth and it moves back as baby ages. So the gag reflex effectively keeps larger food pieces near the front of the mouth, only allowing very well chewed foods to the back to be swallowed.
However, BLW does have the potential...
Check out my interview (featuring two of my children as 'models!') from Global TV Edmonton. The clip also includes the owner of a spice shop, discussing how it's so great to introduce spices (other than salty spices) to babies when starting solids. Agreed! Giving them a varied palate may help to decrease the chances of picky eating later in life. And I discuss (again!) the benefits of a no-pressure/forcing attitude when feeding picky eaters.
Click on the image below to watch my Facebook Live on this topic, or read on below.
Weaning’ is the process of introducing solid foods to your baby. ‘Babyled Weaning’ is when you skip the pureeds and go straight to “real,” or finger foods. Baby feeds him or herself, and joins in with family meals from the start!
A common practice I've seen is to feed baby just fruits and veggies for days or weeks. And while fruits and veggies do contain vitamins, they are too low in both energy and other crucial nutrients like iron, to be the sole offering. Concentrate on sources of iron and higher calories, in safe size and textures.
"Food Before 1 is just for fun." If you have a baby who's recently started solids, you've probably heard this saying many times! Is it really true? Watch my video here to for more details:
Here's the link to my Top 3 Mistakes with Babyled Weaning" video I mention.
Want to learn more about BLW? Catch my free webinar" How to get started with Babyled Weaning" here.
Have you heard that you can skip the mush, and start your baby on solids using finger foods? It's called Babyled Weaning and it allows you to enjoy your meal along with your baby!
As a dietitian and mom of 3, I teach parents how to start solids using Babyled Weaning in a way that's both safe and nutritious. Today I wanted to discuss 5 reasons why you'll love Babyled Weaning:
For more details on these benefits, click on my video below:
Purees can be a nutritious progression to finger foods, if you decide to use them. But maybe you want to skip the mush and use Babyled Weaning to make starting solids fun, easy and healthy! If you have no idea where to start, click to register for my free webinar "How to get started with Babyled Weaning"
One of the most common questions I get in my online Facebook Babyled Weaning group is: "How can I stop my baby from throwing his food?!"
Throwing food is a stage most babies go through, at least once. Early on, they are learning to open and close their fist and might drop food on the floor while they practice this new skill. Later on, they are still developmentally learning what happens to food then they drop it. And if your toddler is throwing food, it's likely to illicit a reaction from you! Toddlers love your attention - whether it's positive or negative.
While it's a stage that will eventually end, throwing food still super-annoying. Nobody likes cleaning spaghetti sauce off the curtains!