Baby Led Weaning

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My son was the best eater when he first started solids. He would sit in the high chair and open his mouth like a bird and I would shovel in the food. More is better, right? I recently read some sobering information in Heather’s book, Nourished Baby that makes me wish that I had her book back then.

Heather writes about Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning supports the idea that babies should feed themselves without help from parents. The reason for this is so that baby can develop a sense of fullness or satisfaction for themselves. This also allows them to make decisions about what they want to eat and how much.

It’s easy to encourage babies to eat food they may not want when mom or dad has a spoon in their hand. Additionally, eating may go too quickly with mom or dad at the wheel, so to speak.

Help your baby develop into an adventurous eater

Baby led weaning helps your child develop into an adventurous eater.

When baby handles the spoon it may or may not reach the correct target all the time, (i.e. food all over the face), but it allows them to control their intake and speed. That is a good lesson in management.

Click here for more information about what’s wrong with conventional first foods for baby.

Do you want more CORRECT information about what first foods to feed your baby and how to go about weaning?

Heather Dessinger is a Real Foodie who blogs over at Mommypotamus. She has written a book about just these issues plus much much more. Heather is a mom who was really concerned about her own health and the health of her children. She is a researcher who found the Real Food world a good fit.

This book will outline for you just what is appropriate food for baby. Based on the work of Dr. Weston Price, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig and other researchers, this book leads the way to making the transition to real food for baby and family.

It’s really very simple; nothing from a package or box. Homemade food that is perfect for a developing digestive system. Here are just some of the things you will learn:

  • How the ACTUAL BIRTH EXPERIENCE can affect a child’s cravings for life
  • Why a 2001 study of North American women found that their breast milk did not meet the minimum requirements for many essential nutrients – and how to make sure your baby gets the absolute best at your breast
  • How to decode your cravings while nursing
  • Why you should skip rice cereal and go for digestion enhancing stews
  • What the latest research says on introducing peanuts, eggs and other “allergenic” foods
  • Why experts believe purees can lead to overeating
  • When children’s “picky” eating habits can actually indicate a serious problem – and how to correct it
  • Tips for raising an adventurous eater

Plus 30 baby friendly recipes that the whole family will enjoy!

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There is a lot of really important information about feeding, first foods, cravings, etc. in this book. It will enlighten you on many levels and it also has 30 fantastic recipes that are appropriate for baby and the whole family.

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  • mjskit August 14, 2012, 10:21 pm

    How can anyone NOT look at that picture and smile! 🙂 Those eyes are incredible!

  • Amanda August 15, 2012, 4:20 pm

    Your post finally convinced me to purchase this book! Perhaps the thing I was hesitant about most (strangely enough) was that it was in ebook format. Well, I took the plunge and got the PDF! I’m excited to learn more about this – going on 5.5 months pregnant now and still completely clueless!

  • Robin @ Thank Your Body August 15, 2012, 4:41 pm

    We did baby led weaning with out little C. Loved it, especially with nutrient dense foods. Also, Heather’s book is awesome.

  • Cat August 16, 2012, 11:30 pm

    With our seventh child we decided to try baby led weaning and boy do I wish I would have known about it with the rest. I could not believe how easy it was. We waited to start Audrey on solids until she was about seven and a half months old and within two weeks she had this eating thing down pat. Some of her first foods were soft avocado which she devoured and even a steak bone with little bits left on it which I practically had to fight her to remove from her hand.

    There were a couple times when she gagged a bit on her food but being the mom of seven I stayed calm and didn’t overreact and in the end she worked it out. Those were learning experiences for her and she adjusted her bite sizes accordingly so she wouldn’t choke. They learn very quickly with this method because they are in control whereas a modern diet of pureed baby food merely teaches them how to swallow not how to chew.

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