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Modern extension of the infant diet, i.e. Baby Led Weaning

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Extending the diet of babies is a topic that still raises a lot of controversy among pediatricians and nutritionists. Some believe that strict rules should be followed, while others recommend following your intuition and observing your toddler's response. Recently, some specialists are also leaning towards the Baby Led Weaning method, which involves expanding the infant's diet managed by ... the child himself.

Warsaw specialists in their publication Nutrition rules for healthy infants. Recommendations of the Polish Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Child Nutrition, they write that Baby Led Weaning is an alternative for parents who are still wondering how extend the infant's diet. They refer to numerous studies that confirm that BLW promotes the proper development of the toddler and helps him learn a wide range of flavors and aromas. On the website // you will also find many valuable tips and advice on how to wisely expand your child's diet.

Bobas likes the choice

Bobas likes the choice is a book by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. The authors present in it an alternative model of expansion child's diet, which consists in introducing new products chosen by the baby. The method skips the spoon feeding stage, which eliminates food in the form of mush (soups, mousses, purees, purées). On the other hand, the child has a chance to get to know the products in a form that allows them to be grasped by the handle. The toddler is served with carrot rings, pieces of banana, broccoli florets or sticky porridge. Initially, the child eats his handles, and then he is accustomed to using cutlery. A condition for starting the process extending the child's diet is the ability to sit. The method, for obvious reasons, excludes feeding solid products to lying babies. Both authors of the book Bobas likes the choice, as well as specialists from the Vistula, recommend while breastfeeding the BLW method to continue breastfeeding, which allows providing the child with all the necessary ingredients. It is worth knowing that Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett pay attention not only to the advantages of the BLW method, but also to its disadvantages. According to them, the threat associated with extending the infant's diet this way is to give your child his own meals, whose composition and nutritional value are not adapted to the needs of the infant, the risk of iron deficiency and problems with covering the daily energy requirements.

Advantages of Baby Led Weaning

Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett note that one of the biggest advantages of Baby Led Weaning is that the child learns new products by himself, which develops many skills and shapes the senses. The authors also distinguish the function that unites the family and facilitates communication in it.


According to the authors of the book, expanding the infant's diet through BLW makes parents learn a child, learn about his or her preferences and learn how to talk to their child.

Shaping the senses

The development of senses is another aspect mentioned by researchers. The natural need to explore the world, touch different textures and learn new fragrances is met in the BLW process. The child has a chance to empirically sue his surroundings, which gives him a lot of joy and allows him to develop sustainably.

Motor development

Gill Rapley also emphasizes the importance of BLW in the process of developing motor skills. Eating with sticks allows the child to experiment with individual products, which develops many abilities in them. Studies show that children who are allowed to do this with food have better hand-eye coordination than their peers who do not.

The beginnings of extending the infant's diet using the BLW method

Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett write that the extension of an infant's BLW diet cannot be started until the child's sixth month. The condition of joining the implementation of Baby Led Weaning is stable sitting of the toddler and the ability to take care of food by himself. In practice, this means that the method can not be used for toddlers who are not able to lead their hands to their mouths or grip their fingers efficiently. It is worth adding that BLW is a good excuse to familiarize children with these skills. However, if you notice that the toddler is not doing it yet, be sure to feed him with traditional methods.

The introduction of BLW should start with buying a high chair, which then pushes to the common table, including the toddler in the family meal ceremony. It is also worth buying a mat that you put under the chair - it will make cleaning easier after a child's meal. At first, the baby eats with his fingers, only with time we show him the cutlery and we encourage you to use them. The baby's plate should contain all the products that appear in mixed soups. They can be vegetables, meat, fish or fruit cut into small pieces. It's also a good idea to cook the sticky porridge and shape it into balls or cubes. This will make it easier for your child to grab and eat. It is worth remembering that at the beginning of the adventure with BLW, a child may not eat to their heart's content, treating the meal as fun. So let's not forget to monitor his nutritional status and feed them as needed.

Baby Led Weaning is a method that can be an alternative to the traditional scheme of expanding a child's diet. Thanks to her, the child develops not only senses and motor skills, but also shapes his tastes and learns that he can make decisions alone. Allowing your child culinary freedom and choice will definitely help him shape his autonomy. Authors of publications Nutrition rules for healthy infants. Recommendations of the Polish Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Child Nutrition They note that Baby Led Weaning is a method that still requires research and observation.


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