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Top five tips for baby-led weaning
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What is baby-led weaning? The term ‘baby-led weaning’ means that children are offered non-pureed food from six months old and left to feed themselves either with spoons, forks, or most often to begin with, hands. When I first heard of baby-led weaning, I did think it sounded a bit crazy letting young babies feed themselves, but there are so many benefits* I was keen to find out more. Here are some of the main reasons to give it a go: It enables your baby to develop better hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and even speech It allows your child to...
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When is the best time to wean your baby?
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When is the best time to wean your baby? Confused? I was. The shops are full of baby foods with labels telling you ‘4 months+’ so surely if reputable food companies say you can wean from four months then it’s ok to start then, right? Myth 1- A baby is ready to be weaned from 4 months According to Government and the World Health Organisation your baby should be six months old before introducing solids. The main reasons are; Your baby gets all their nutritional needs from breast or formula milk for the first six months of their life....