WHAT IS BABY-LED WEANING?
Baby-led weaning is not for the faint of heart, not least because of the inevitable mess it makes or the choking hazard it might present.
A trend that has resulted in some fierce debate, baby-led weaning does away with traditional purees, so no more apple sauce and sweet potato mixes and runny porridge and cajoling a child to open his or her mouth through the decades-old aeroplane spoon game.
Instead, the method stipulates that babies feed themselves their first mouthfuls of solid food at six months, so they figure out what food is and how to get it into their mouths. Purees are replaced with finger foods like steamed carrot sticks or broccoli florets, hunks of ripe banana, soft cooked apples and even skinless chicken drumsticks.
The idea is that children will learn to self-feed, become more adventurous eaters with a sense of portion control, fine-tune their motor development and as a bonus, get to partake in the ritual of a family meal.