Hugo has begun to explore food with the tastes of carrot, parsnip (both home grown), cauliflower (Gran grown) and beans.
We are excited about this new journey of infant self feeding known as baby-led weaning. Hugo attacked his first foods with gusto. He competently broke of pieces and then spat them back out after a little gagging.
What is baby-led weaning?
“Baby-led weaning is a way of introducing solid foods that allows babies to feed themselves – there’s no spoon feeding and no purees. The baby sits with the family at mealtimes and joins in when they are ready, feeding themselves first with their fingers and later with cutlery.
- allows babies to explore taste, texture, colour and smell
- encourages independence and confidence
- helps to develop their hand-eye coordination and chewing skills
- makes picky eating and mealtime battles less likely
All healthy babies can begin to feed themselves from about six months. They just need to be given the opportunity.” www rapleyweaning.com
The main reason we like this way of introducing solid foods is that mealtimes at this stage are for play and learning – he will still be getting all his nourishment from breastmilk. The baby has control over their intake all the adults do is offer suitable options.
We are excited about this new journey and are prepared for the beginning of lots of mess at mealtimes.