Waffles with fresh strawberries and crème fraiche
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Baby-led weaning lets your baby feed themselves from the very start, exploring foods and textures as they go. You will give your baby whole foods rather than purees – the chunkier the food the easier it is to handle.
Be prepared! There will be a lot of mess to start with as your baby develops their skills, but things will improve. Just don’t expect any table manners at this stage!
While the mess may not be ideal there are several benefits to allowing your baby to get hands-on at mealtimes:
Before starting with baby-led weaning, there’s a few things to look out for to see if your child is ready to start:
If the answer is yes to all of these, you and your baby are ready to go.
One of the main concerns parents have with baby-led weaning is the fear that their child will choke. It’s important to know that there is a difference between the gag reflex and choking (where the airway is blocked). Your child will gag from time to time as they practise moving food to the back of their throat. Don’t panic and just make sure you never leave your baby alone with food.
To prevent the risk of choking, make sure that grapes and cherry tomatoes are always cut in half and bananas are sliced lengthways rather than into discs.
Whether you decide to choose baby-led weaning, traditional spoon-feeding or a mix of the two, N Family Club is here to support you. For more information on baby weaning including foods to about read our guide to weaning your baby.