What is baby-led weaning?
Baby-led weaning, also known as self-feeding, is the practice of allowing babies to introduce solid foods into their diets by feeding themselves, choosing from an assortment of regular foods that are also eaten by the rest of the family. It has become popular in North America and Europe. It allows babies to start different foods at their own pace and to handle the food instead of being fed with a spoon. If the baby rejects a food, it is offered again at a later date. Softer foods are offered at first, and foods that may cause choking are not. Sips of liquid, such as expressed breast milk, cow’s milk, water, or infant formula are also offered at meals. The baby may use a spoon if able. Studies indicate that self-feeding is a reasonable approach, but more research is needed on its effects.