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Guide to Baby led weaning

Baby led weaning means letting your baby feed themselves. Baby led weaning is advised to start after 6 months. Begin with organic pureed foods. Please note that your baby still relies heavily on breastmilk or formula. Start in small bits and see your baby’s reaction to the food. And gradually increase the dosage as your baby grows. Disclaimer: please ask your pediatrician before baby led weaning.

Food

Ways to know baby is ready for weaning.

  1. Baby can sit upright
  2. Baby gets hungrier than usual after milk
  3. Your baby watches you chew as you eat
  4. Baby can hold her/his neck steadily
  5. Baby can move her/his head from side to side
  6. Baby reaches out for your food

What you will need for baby weaning. Baby weaning is a messy job.

  • A feeding table
  • Shallow baby spoons and bowls
  • Bib
  • Masher
  • Newspaper to place under the feeding table
  • A blender if you want to make your own purees
  • Protect yourself from the mess as well
  • Patience

First foods include:

  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Carrots
  • Papaya
  • Pears
  • Sweet potato
  • Butternut
  • Peas
  • Banana

The following High-Risk Foods should be introduced after 12 months +

  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Cow’s milk
  • Gluten
  • Honey
  • Kiwi
  • Berries
  • Citrus foods
Signs of allergic reaction include:
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Swelling of the eyes, lips and face
When you have successfully introduced purees to your baby, you may begin your baby on finger foods.
  • Finger foods
  • Offer well steamed veggies
  • Offer soft fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Green beans
  • Potato
  • Peaches
  • Plum
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Other foods to try
  • Chicken
  • Plain yogurt
  • Baby cereal
  • Pasta
  • Liver
  • Rice
  • Sweetcorn
  • Pancakes

In conclusion

  • It’s important to note that when baby weaning:
  • Don’t leave your baby unattended. Keep a watchful eye. Most babies don’t make a chocking sound, so you must watch for chocking signs.
  • Chocking signs include bluish skin color, difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, inability to cry, weak, ineffective coughing, soft or high-pitched sounds when inhaling. Read: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000048.html
  • Feed your baby milk before solids.
  • Feed your baby slowly and in bits.
  • Your baby will let you know when she or he is satisfied.
  • Your baby can sit with you at dinner time and have what you are having if it’s healthy and baby appropriate.
  • When baby tries something new, wait at least 3 days for an allergic reaction window.
  • Try again when your baby is older if baby rejects the food.
  • Baby may have a running tummy or constipation when introducing new foods.
  • Keep your baby hydrated to help him / her digest this new food.
  • Don’t forget your camera.
  • Warning, you may get emotional.
  • Aim for fresh foods, low sugar and no salt.
  • Have fun baby led weaning.
  • Mix it up.
  • Speak to your pediatrician if you are uncertain about something.
  • Don’t forget to keep baby feeding equipment clean that includes the feeding chair

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