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Around the age of six months you can begin to introduce baby led weaning for your child, as this is the typical age for babies to start feeding themselves (baby led weaning). However, this can vary from child to child, so there is no exact same time for every single one.
As mentioned in a previous post, it is always recommended to try and figure out what works best for your own child in order to achieve the best possible results.
In fact, many children are likely to show interest towards eating new kinds of foods at around six to eight months of age. This is another factor which can help you choose the right timing to start introducing the new method to your child. Whereas some might feel baby is ready at five months, others might feel the need to take some more time until eight months of age. It all depends on how far your babies have gone with their own personal development.
According to the World Health Organization as well as to many other professional health authorities it is not necessary to push your baby to start baby led weaning (BLW) as soon as possible. This is because in an extremely early stage of their development, most babies have not already unfolded every required skill for self-feeding such as fine motor skills and their overall digestive system.
To get started, offer your baby a variety of nutritious, colorful foods to choose from, for example:
- Sweet potatoes.
- Soft cooked apples.
- Soft cooked carrots, green beans, zucchini, and beets.
- Very ripe peaches and pears, plums, and melon.
- Green beans with the skins removed.
Quickly they will use their little fingers to discover their very own eating experience.
By picking up, sucking in, licking and touching the foods they will improve their hand-eye coordination before eventually eating it.
Munching and playing around with your own self-made little snacks around the day will make it a lot easier for them to explore the abundance of different tastes. As time goes by your child will learn how to chew, swallow and digest whatever he or she chose to eat in the first place.
We also recommend using our Dip to help ease your baby into this new stage of their life. Our Dip spoon is ideal for yogurt, puree, mash and baby rice. It has a unique flat head which means that there is no wrong way to use it. It is also super lightweight and super flexible. Ideal for encouraging fine motor skills and manual dexterity. And it is designed to allow for the ideal portion size for little mouths.
They can be put in the freezer, the dishwasher or the steriliser.
An ideal way to use our Dip spoons is to dip the head in to natural yougurt and put in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Little ones will love these as ‘ice-lollies’ on hot days or as a cooling and soothing aid for sore teething gums too. Note: never leave your child unattended especially when they are eating foods or using spoons etc. And most importantly remeber to have fun and introduce foods happily and positively. This will help to reduce the possibility of developing picky eaters.
The Dip spoons can be found in Mothercare, Boots Pharmacies and all other great independent nursery stores and pharmacies.