Baby-led weaning introduces babies to solid food from the age of six months via soft finger foods rather than mashes and purees. Baby led weaning is basically finger foods first.
Baby-led weaning supports the development of eye-hand coordination, chewing skills, dexterity, and healthy eating habits. Initially it will involve more play and exploration than actual eating. Some food will reach the mouth, some will be chewed up or sucked on and eventually, when the baby is physically ready, food will be swallowed.
If your baby is most comfortable with spoon-feeding, you can always try a mixed approach. Introduce finger foods into your baby’s meal routine, for example- serve finger foods directly before or after purées, and prepare purées with an increasingly lumpy texture to help advance your child’s chewing skills.
While you are introducing baby led weaning, continue with milk feeds (either breastfeeding or formula) throughout to make sure your baby’s nutritional needs are met.
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