Baby- Led Weaning offers an alternative to mashed and pureed foods for infants.
This allows them to have the opportunity to discover, explore and develop their relationship with food. It also offers a lot of fun sensory.
If you follow the guidelines, internationally recognized for starting solids around six months, it is necessary to reduce the food to a State of quasi-fluid to allow children to swallow them.
The old advice of food from four months meant that they were “real” at all, and often led to children who are unable or unwilling to develop into independent feeding a few months later.
6 simple steps to introduce solids
To be ripe and ready to eat foods is a big step for the children, and give them the opportunity to start when they are physically able funds, they can enjoy the experience as nature intended. Here are 6 steps to introduce solids the easiest way:
1: Involve your child in family Meals
When your child is around 4 months, it will begin to show interest in you eat. He is not ready yet, but boy, he is studying hard! When the hand moves from plate to mouth, under his eyes. His hand reaches for what you have in your hand, and he makes the movements of chewing and even drooling a little ‘! Let him sit on his lap and even have or taste a little “-he wants to see what it is!
2: wait until your child is developmentally ready
In about six months, the child’s body is ready to give it a go. He can sit unsupported mostly lost to the language reflected that prevented swallowing solids, and can bring his hand to his mouth in check. As the British Department of health visitors explains:
“All 3 signals readiness for solid foods should be present, before offering additional food: Baby to be able to sit in a Chair and keep your head still, be able to grab food and put them in your mouth; be unable to swallow food. premature babies can be ready for solid foods at different ages and “baby readiness” should be the deciding factor, rather than the age. ”
3: make sure the first foods have handles
Baby-led weaning is all about letting your child explore food and learn to feed themselves. Offers food with “handle” helper: vegetable pieces long enough to contain, lamb chops, meat roast or steak, sliced fruits with thick skin to the left … it’s amazing what you can offer! Here are some ideas to try.
4: be prepared for a mess!
After work they have to do is you need to practice to do it! Since the introduction of other foods, you can grasp in hand-such as rice, pasta and other foods of the family-a plastic mat, shower curtains or other pure floor means that you can return the bit that goes down easy and clear way to the end. Bibs Smock-like, which covers arms and his body still clean clothes.
5: Remember it’s all about the experience
What eats at this point is not really important. Milk is the main source of food in the first year. How to improve his skills, you will begin to see changes in his poop is a sure sign of food reached its digestive system!
Accredited Practising Dietitian and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, explains Joy Anderson:
“Beware, that your child is not taking in too strong enthusiasm and cut down his/her milk intake too quickly. From 6-9 months, should still be close to breast milk intake 100%, gradually reducing the so solid increase, but breast milk is expected to remain more than half of the diet for up to 12 months. ‘
Then let the child explore without stressing over how much he eats. Studies suggest that the BLW is associated with parental control but eats children and lower BMI.
6: Introducing All
In the past, a lot of food has been delayed, in an attempt to reduce allergies. New research shows that it is actually important to introduce a wide range of foods, before 7 months. This means that a varied diet and diversified can be offered from the beginning. The only exceptions are honey and whole nuts. So pamper your little foodie, so let him want many tastes and textures as possible.
Dietary guidelines and the Australian Academy of Pediatrics clearly recognizes the WHO guidelines.
Listen to the interview with Professor Jane Scott from Curtin University to explain how these guidelines are carefully researched and written with scientific publications, expert studies and the best available information in the world.