Child Led Weaning
Updated: May 23, 2018
Baby led weaning was first coined by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett in their book Baby led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods.
It is an approach to introducing solid food where baby is allowed and encouraged to self-feed solid finger foods. Most of us in order to avoid mess and to be quick, try to feed the kid ourselves. Have the patience to let the kids take charge and feed himself and watch the fun unravel.
Learning or struggling to eat by babies independently is a skill that needs to be developed. It involves a lot of fine motor skills in feeling the texture of the food, squeezing, picking it up and putting it in the mouth. Trust me this is hard work to coordinate your hand muscles and feed yourself Also kids who feed themselves are more tuned to their hunger pangs and are decent eaters rather than the ones who are forced feed. Never ever force feed a child even if he doesn't eat much. Its ok. A child will eat when he is hungry and don't necessarily follow the schedule that we as adults follow. Give them ample opportunity to eat on their own but also keep an eye on them for any kind of hazards. Also be ready for the mess. My baby has has been practising self feeding since 6 months onwards and now he is more or less adept in eating on his own. I never force fed him and never tried to offer food. Sure I was told that my baby was thin and needs to put on weight but I followed the mom instinct and as long as he was doing ok on the weight chart prescribed by WHO, I allowed him to have fun with food. So mommies follow your instincts and allow your child to have fun. They are learning in this process. How did you encourage your child to self feed? What are the signs that you looked for? If not, there is never too late to start teaching the kid to self feed.