Baby-Led Weaning and Family Meals

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013
in Babies & Toddlers, Events

If you’ve been to the Older Baby Group on Wednesdays at 1pm, you’ve heard me talk about Baby-Led Weaning. This is an approach to introducing solids which involves giving babies appropriately-sized pieces of food and letting them feed themselves.

I didn’t invent this. Two clever women, Gill Rapley  and Tracey Murket coined the term and have written really good books about it. There is a website about it (but I can’t find the name of the woman writing on the site – this is one of my pet peaves – not knowing who is writing on a website!) But I love baby-led weaning because it involves giving babies real food!  All those purees and glops we make, and then shovel into babies – they can drive you nuts. It’s hard to figure out how much to make. Often we thaw or mash too much and then coax the baby to take the last few spoonfuls because we hat to waste it. Or we make too little and the baby screams at us as we warm up more.  And when we go out to eat, we have to carry around the baby’s food.  And some babies just hate having glop shoveled at them and won’t eat it. Which makes parents anxious.

But mostly, I like Baby Led Weaning because it puts the baby at the dinner table as a member of the family. It helps to foster the tradition of a family meal. It helps parents think about what they are eating – no more scarfing a donut which you feed your baby whole-grain cereal! It helps expose babies to a wide range of textures and tastes.It also makes the baby’s meal longer, giving the parents more time to eat their own meals.

But Baby Led weaning makes some parents very anxious. Won’t babies choke? How do we decide what to give baby when? Shouldn’t there be an order, a plan, a method?

KristenYarker_squarecropped_mediumWell, Child Feeding Expert Kristen Yarker of Vitamin K Consulting is going to come to Mothering Touch and talk about all this.  Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD, is known as The Dietitian who Transforms Picky Eaters into Food-Confident Kids. From introducing solids through the picky preschool years, Kristen helps parents provide good nutrition for their kids today…and instill a life-long LOVE of healthy eating.

I am looking forward to meeting her and hearing what she has to say. I hope moms and dads and kids can all come to join us at the Older-Baby Group (4-9 months) on Wednesday November 27 at 1pm or at the Mobile-Baby Group (9 months and up) on Thursday November 28 at 1pm.

Bon appetit!