Advantages of Baby-Led Weaning
Many parents/caregivers feel that baby-led weaning is a more convenient, less stressful and healthier approach to introducing solid foods as they can feed the baby foods from the family meal.2 Baby-led weaning may also help babies learn to listen to their hunger and fullness cues. Family meals are an important part of baby-led weaning and may help your baby accept a greater variety of foods and be a less picky eater.2
Disadvantages of Baby-Led Weaning
There may be an increased risk of choking with baby-led weaning due to the different shape and textures of foods offered.2 Babies may also not get all the nutrition they need, especially iron and energy, for healthy growth and development.2 The amounts and types of food a baby is able to feed themselves is limited. Like any approach to introduce solid foods, baby-led weaning requires parents/caregivers to plan healthy meals and snacks for their babies.