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Self-feeding supports the child’s motor development skills on many vital areas, such as their hand-eye coordination and chewing. It encourages the child towards independence and often provides a stress-free alternative for meal times, for both the child and the parents. Some babies refuse to eat solids when offered with a spoon, but happily help themselves to finger food. We are 6 weeks into Baby Led Weaning and I’m still amazed at how well she eats.
- Do lots of reading to familiarise yourself with Baby Led Weaning. I also took a CPR class before I started weaning.
- Wait till your baby has met all the criteria for readiness , reached 6 months old, can sit up unassisted, shows interest in food.
- No honey for babies under 1, as honey can cause infant botulism.
- No food that are choking hazards. Cut all food finger length sized. Grapes and cherry tomatoes should be quartered.
- Watch out for salt content in food. Use baby friendly stock cubes.
- Be prepared for the mess! When baby is first learning to eat much of the food ends up on the floor. I use a square piece of cheap oilcloth under the highchair.
- Invest in some all over bibs!