WHAT IS BABY-LED WEAN­ING?

The National - News - - ARTS & LIFESTYLE - Hala Kha­laf

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.

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