Baby-led weaning is a family food-focused approach for the discerning – and hungry! – independent bub.
Baby-led weaning hits the ground running, skipping the traditional mushy purees and heading straight for more solid foods. This allows your tot to take the snacky lead – and share the kinds of foods the whole family enjoys eating.
It’s a no-extra-meal-prep win-win all ’round!
While it may seem like this puts the onus on your child to ensure they’re well fed, it’s really a team effort. The “baby-led” part of this term simply indicates you watch and learn from your baby’s cues, as you continue to feed them via the breast or bottle.
Here’s ten points to note on your baby-led weaning adventures:
2. Milk (or formula) will still reign supreme
Breastmilk (or formula) provides all the nutrients your baby needs until six months of age.
During baby-led weaning your child will continue to get most of their nutrients from the bottle or breast, until they are at least 10 to 12 months of age, so keep offering those regular feeds!
That said, it’s great to choose foods that are high in nutrients and healthy fats as first foods, to provide a boost and start as you mean to go on.
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