What is it and should you be doing it?
As babies start to grow, new habits start to implement in parent’s lives and to the babies as well. They grow really fast and everything just about them changes so fast. One day you’re breastfeeding the baby the other day it sits along the table with you with a piece of bread in its little hand.
The baby-led weaning, abbreviated as BLW program is all about this, starting to teach your babies to the role of feeding themselves. Many of the parents go on with the old fashioned technique of parent or adult led spoon feeding, but that idea is wholly faulty and has a big negative effect on the baby’s health. By letting the baby feed itself, it gets to learn the procedure step by step, and while doing it, it starts chewing the food by itself, so the risk of getting choked it’s smaller, contrasted when you’re feeding it, because when putting the spoon in its mouth the baby only swallows without chewing the food. I know that your biggest fear is the jam that follows afterwards, but your children’s health is much more important than the mess you have to clean. You all have to admit that it’s amusing watching them struggle with the pieces of food laid in front of them.
Merely, they discover far more than simply discovering how to feed themselves and to choose the food they wish. They likewise deliver a bigger control on their tummy, when it’s full, without overeating themselves. When parents feed them, they don’t have limits for that, which can lead to health problems when children get older. While the kids that learned to eat themselves while they were children, are leaner and far more healthy, and experience a higher preference for sound food. Parents are also concerned that the baby won’t eat much, and stay hungry, but don’t worry. It’s more likely that the child will be fed well when feeding on its own.
At 6 months yet the child begins to ask for food. So the best way to start this BLW process is to start putting some finger size pieces of food in front of the babies so that they can examine it piece by piece. Try and practise this every day and with different food so that the baby learns different features about the food presented to it. Firstly the shape and colour, then the smell, and at last the taste. This serves the child learn about a mixture of foods and experience them in its own style. Simply, this food introduction for children over 6 months is just for fun in order the baby to become familiar with the thing that expects it afterwards. Since the baby is still breast fed till the first year. But even so, the solid foods should be enforced in a child’s nutrition right after the first year, along with the mother’s milk (since many go on to breastfeed their baby after). This food play from earlier will be a neat experience for the child. It will start to discern the tastes that that it likes and avoid the ones that it dislikes. And will be much more aware of the quantity of food necessary to fill its tummy.
But, yet, before entering on this process, you must visit your paediatrician and discuss all this. And always watch on your youngsters when you take up teaching them, most likely when they begin teaching themselves how to eat in order to discern if they’re sensitized/allergic to something or not and to be able to prevent something earlier.