Baby Led Weaning

April 13, 2009 at 1:28 am 3 comments

Baby Led Weaning is a method of feeding your baby introduced by Gill Rapley.  For Baby Led Weaning you skip the puree stage and give your child steamed vegetables or pieces of fruit that are cut into pieces that your baby can pick up and eat.  Your baby picks the food off their tray or you hand your child a piece of food and if they like it, they will eat it; if they do not like it they will not eat it.

Many mothers with more than one child find that they use the baby-led weaning method for their second and third children instinctively as the kitchen and household gets busier.  New moms can be uncomfortable with baby-led weaning because it is not something with which they are familiar.

Because your child is breastfeeding, or using formula, your baby gets the nutrition he or she needs, so even if your baby does not eat a lot of the food presented, there is little concern regarding nutrition for your baby.

A positive aspect is that your baby learns to feed him or herself.  Mothers who do not want to follow baby-led weaning can keep in mind that you can begin to give your child pieces of soft fruit or vegetables early to accompany the puree.

Some aspects of baby-led weaning that people do not like is that your baby can often gag which is upsetting, especially for new mothers.  It is messy, however everyone experiences a messy feeding at some point!

I do not follow the baby-led weaning method, but feel it is fine for mothers who are comfortable with it.  Find further information on Baby-Led Weaning on the web.  Visit Gill Rapley’s official website:


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gill Rapley  |  April 19, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hello! Nice to ‘meet’ you. I’m delighted you’re a BLWer! I have one small request: Could you please delete the mention of my UNICEF job from the text on your site? My BLW work is completely separate from my UNICEF work – I don’t want people getting the wrong end of the stick and thinking that BLW is UNICEF policy. (This has already happened in the past, with awkward consequences.)

    My BLW work springs from the 20 years I spent as a health visitor, which was all long before I worked for UNICEF.

    Many thanks,

    • 2. lkmnut  |  April 23, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      I have made the changes you requested. Cheers! LkM

  • 3. Let Baby Choose « Baby Bites & Toddler Tapas  |  July 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    […] have written my thoughts on Baby-Led Weaning before (Click here!).  I think Baby Led Weaning is a feasible way of feeding your baby.  However I do still believe […]


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