Over the last few years, the baby-led weaning trend has become more and more popular with some mums choosing it over the more traditional, spoon-fed method of introducing foods to their baby.
As with most parenting topics, there is no right way, just what feels right for you and your baby. There are pluses and minuses for both so have a read of what they both entail then just trust your instinct.
Traditional spoon feeding
Until recently, this was the way most mums introduced solids to their children. You start with smooth pureed vegetables and fruit and rice cereal and then gradually progress to mashed or chopped foods so they get used to the textures e.g. mashed banana or a sweet potato before finally introducing finger foods such as toast, pasta, cooked vegetable sticks. You can make up lots of meals ahead, having fun varying flavors and textures and then freeze them until needed.
- You will know how much they have eaten
- You can ensure they are getting a varied diet
- It is less messy
- You can use jars and pouches (especially handy when out and about)
- Preparing lots of different purees can be time consuming
- Spoon-feeding at mealtimes means that you don’t really eat together
- They get used to the smooth textures so sometimes it’s hard to get them to accept textures