I sat down and had a great chat with Baby-Led Weaning specialist Poppy Duhnke. You can find her under the Instagram handle @lowstressmotherhood and her website lowstressmotherhood.com. Poppy is a mother of twin girls and is a Montessori-inspired playschool owner in California. She’s all about sharing tips and tricks for Baby-Led Weaning & Potty Training. Recently she launched her website, and might I say it looks fantastic! You can find many resources and free downloadable content for both of her specialties. I will include links to her baby-led weaning content through-out this post.
A few weeks ago, I asked my followers on @mauve.mumlife if they had any questions about BLW. I got some great questions, so thank you so much to those who contributed! I compiled them together into these questions. We hope that it will help answer some pressing questions you may have before starting. We hope this gives you the confidence to help successfully transition them into solid food.
There are many reasons why baby-led weaning can be very beneficial to your child’s development. Allowing your baby to learn how to feed themselves independently is excellent for developing each of the skills listed below.
And so many more.
As I’m sure you know, some skills take time to master. Giving your child time to practice these skills over a long time will be very beneficial for them. Baby-led weaning is no different because it is also a skill that every child will learn in their lifetime. It can get messy, frustrating, and overwhelming sometimes. Still, if you continue to work at it each day and allow your child to learn, grow, and develop, then hopefully, you’ll have an independent eater who enjoys mealtime.
Iron deficiency is prevalent among young children. When starting baby-led weaning, it is essential to remember this when planning what foods you will introduce to your baby. Some iron-rich foods that are great for a child starting baby-led weaning are…
For more examples, check out Poppy’s Video and make sure to read the caption to.
For a free downloaded baby-led weaning check list click here!
2. Next is a high chair that is super easy to wipe down. Both Poppy and I agree that the Ikea high chair is one of the cheapest and easiest high chairs to clean. It is called Antilop, and it goes on sale often!
3. During this time, you can also slowly introduce an open cup to your baby. If that is a bit overwhelming for you, then you can try a cup with a short straw or water bottle with a small straw. Then once you think they are ready, you can introduce a small cup. Make sure to offer small amounts of water (enough to take a few sips) with an open cup. If your baby doesn’t take the cup or finished drinking, remove it from their reach, so they don’t know it over (less mess for you). I have included a great video that can guide you through it from @lowstressmotherhood.
4. Once you start baby-led weaning, your baby’s mouth should be cleaned even if they don’t have teeth yet once a day, but if your baby has teeth, you should start brushing twice a day. This will also help them get into the routine of “brushing their teeth.” It also cleans their mouth and prevents plaque buildup. You can start with a warm cloth, baby teeth and gum wipes, or finger toothbrushes. Once your baby starts to get teeth, you can move onto a soft bristle baby toothbrush and fluorene free toothpaste.
For some more inspiration below is a post from @lowstressmotherhood.
Do you have a picky eater in your house? You may want to click here!
To sum all of this up, no matter how you decide to introduce solids with lots of practice, your baby will become a pro at eating independently—allowing them to explore and learn through food. They will hopefully enjoy a variety of foods as they get older. We hope you found this helpful, and good luck on your baby-led weaning journey; whatever it will look like, you got this!
My answer: Watching my daughters learn how to suck up finger sized pieces of spaghetti.
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