Regular Baby-led Weaning Concerns
Baby-led weaning means skipping spoon-feeding purees and letting babies feed themselves with finger foods right from the start at about 6 months age. If you’re considering baby-led weaning, you probably have lots of questions don’t you? Here’s some answers to your questions.
1. How to know whether my baby is getting all the nutrition they need?
Normally, baby is still getting most of his nutrition from breast milk or formula. Thus, don’t worry if he doesn’t actually swallow many solid foods. Take note that we need to let the baby have as many milk feeds as they need. It may look like they are eating less than a baby who eats purees, but solid food is much denser than purees itself.
If he seems uninterested or unsatisfied to eat more, replace the food with a toy and have him continue to sit with the family at the dinner table. Try again in a week or so. Soon, he may initiate by grabbing any food at his plate/table. Sometimes, refusing food is the baby’s way of showing his fullness. So, don’t worry! Always offer healthy foods. When it is the time
2. How many meals a day should I serve?
Serving meal depends on the baby’s eagerness and time used to commit into BLW method and process. It is recommended to serve one food at a time for the baby at the beginning. Begin slowly with one meal a day for a couple days before introducing another new food.
Observe any rashes, gastrointestinal issues or shortness of breath that may indicate a food allergy. Then, gradually develop and provide few different healthy options at each meal. It’s better to provide two meals a day at 7-8 months and adding the third around 9 months when the baby is doing well.
3. How should I prepare my baby’s food?
Baby foods should be prepared soft and easy to smash with gentle pressure between the thumb and forefinger. Thus, raw hard fruit and veggies should be steam or roast first since they are choking hazard. Remember that texture is the key!
The size of food also matters for baby safety. Mostly baby at 6 to 8 month olds, they’ll pick up foods with their whole palm before mastered the pincer grasp (thumb and index finger). Hence, it is recommended to cut foods about the length and width of an adult pinky finger.
Crinkle cutter for cutting foods can also be helpful to make it easier for your baby to grasp. Once your baby develops his pincer grasp around 8 to 9 months, serve food cut into small pieces, like ripe mango chunks, cooked beans, chopped steamed spinach, and pieces of pasta.
4. What utensils and food temperature suitable for baby food?
Let the baby start handling a kid-safe fork and spoon. However, don’t expect much food to make it onto the utensil or into his mouth. Avoid toothpicks or other skewers.
In addition, meals should be barely warm or cool. Always check the temperature before serving.
5. When can my baby eat family food?
The baby will be ready to eat more mixed dishes from the family table when he becomes a confident eater and has tried enough individual foods to rule out most food allergies. But remember to cut his portions into soft shapes that are the appropriate size and does not contain fiery spice or excessive salts.
It’s also important to offer the baby iron-rich foods daily such as beef, lentils, dark poultry meat, leafy greens, and fortified cereals to help support his brain development. This is especially important if you’re breastfeeding since formula is iron-fortified.
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