Baby Led Weaning: when is it time?

It’s a cliche, but time has literally flown by. Suddenly Baby J is almost 6 months and it’s been time to think about weaning. I absolutely loved weaning Miss K, so a big part of me has been looking forward to weaning, but another part of me has been putting it off as long as possible as I don’t want my baby boy to grow up too quickly! The time came when he showed me for sure that it was time for food. He had started trying to grab food when I was eating, leading to a few licks of fruit and fingers in my dinner. Then on Shrove Tuesday the boy was sat on my lap, grabbed my pancake and promptly munched away on it. That was the end of my pancake! Not bad as a first dinner 😉

 Dietitian UK: Baby led Weaning first meal

Signs a baby may be ready for weaning:

1. Able to sit upright in a chair.

2. Good head control.

3. Able to grasp objects and bring them to his/her mouth.

4. Watches you eating with interest.

5. Grabs food off your plate and puts it in his/her mouth!

This usually all happens around the 6 month mark but each and every baby is different and individual.

Now Baby J has been very good at speaking his mind on the matter of weaning, so I am completely following his cues.  So he refuses to be fed when in his highchair  – how? He closes his mouth and turns his head. However when offered foods he can hold and feed himself or a spoon loaded with food he will happily suck, slurp, squish, smear and lick it. Yes this makes a mess. Yes this is all a big, big part of development. Not only is baby learning how to eat but also all about textures, the pincer grip, hand-eye co-ordination and enjoying messy play. 

Embrace it. It only happens once.






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