- What is babyLed weaning (BLW)?
Baby led Weaning (BLW) is a method of introducing babies to solid foods by allowing them to explore the food with their hands and mouths. The idea behind this method is to respect the babies’ autonomy, encourage their interest in food, and promote their oral and fine motor development to establish healthy eating habits.
- Why choose babyLed weaning?
Traditional methods of feeding babies involving parents spoon-feeding their child may limit their ability to explore the food, which will lead to picky eating and food aversions. Baby Led Weaning allows babies to choose their food and control their portions, which can improve their immunity and reduce the risk of obesity and malnutrition. During the Baby Led Weaning process, parents should offer foods that suit their children’s tastes and digestive capacities, ensure food safety and hygiene, and patiently observe their eating process, providing assistance and encouragement when needed.
- How to transitionyour baby from breastfeeding to baby led weaning?
Once your baby reaches six months, they begin to explore other foods. Soft and easily digestible foods such as ripe bananas, pears, or boiled carrots can be a good starting point. As parents introduce their baby to soft foods, they can offer a variety of options with different colors, textures, and flavors to help the baby get accustomed to new foods. However, it is important for parents to respect their children’s appetite and avoid interfering too much with their eating process. To ensure a safe transition, parents should pay attention to the texture and size of the food, making sure it's soft enough to be chewed and avoiding choking hazards.
- Which soft foodswould you suggest for baby led weaning?
Soft foods that are suitable for Baby Led Weaning should be easily digestible, and free of added sugar, salt, and additives. Here are some soft foods that are suitable for babies to feed themselves:
- Soft fruits: Slices of ripe banana, avocado, and pear are great options. You can also try mashed blueberries or raspberries.
- Cooked vegetables: Steamed or roasted sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots, and green beans are easy to hold and have a soft texture that babies can easily chew.
- Soft proteins: Shredded or flaked cooked fish or chicken are great sources of protein for your baby. You can also try scrambled or boiled eggs.
- Soft grains: Cooked oatmeal or quinoa are great options that your baby can hold and bring to their mouth.
- Which of our products can assist babies in self-feeding?
Moonkie is a brand that specializes in silicone utensils for babies, providing a variety of product options for healthy eating. Our silicone plates, bibs, spoons, and placemats are all great for babies in self-feeding, helping them to master eating skills and making the process more enjoyable and safe.
- Silicone platesare safe, durable, and made from 100% food grade. With a strong bottom suction cup and a non-slip design, the silicone plates make it easy for babies to learn self-feeding.
- Silicone bibsare lightweight, waterproof, and easy to clean, which effectively protects the baby's neck. The bibs come with a deep and sturdy spill pocket that catches any stray food or liquids. The neck strap provides four different sizes and is suitable for children of different ages.
- Silicone spoonsare soft and heat-resistant, with flexible spoon tips to protect the baby's mouth, and handles that are ergonomically designed for easy grip. All-silicone design is non-deformable and Coming with a storage box for easy carrying and dust-proofing, the silicone spoons are suitable for any occasion.
- Silicone placematsare safe and anti-slip, with silicone material that can keep firmly on the table to prevent utensils from slipping. They are easy to clean and not prone to oil leakage. The spill-proof edges prevent soup from spilling, creating a free-messy meal time.
In conclusion, Baby Led Weaning is a feeding approach that involves introducing whole, soft foods to babies, encouraging self-feeding and exploration. It may promote healthy eating habits and fine motor skills, but safety guidelines should always be followed.