When to start baby led weaning is a question many new parents ask themselves. Here we’ll talk about when is the right age to start as well as signs of readiness for starting solids
The time has come! Your baby is ready to start solids – or is she? Many of us are eager to start BLW as soon as possible, but rushing in too early can be dangerous.
When Should I Start Baby Led Weaning?
Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is to start after 6 months. This is when little bellies are ready to start to eat!
Before starting solids, always talk to your pediatrician to get the go ahead and talk about anything you should avoid.
There are some things you want to avoid with all babies (like honey or undercooked meats) but your pediatrician might have additional guidelines specific to your baby.
You also might have to start a bit later if your baby is behind developmentally or if she as a preemie. And that’s totally fine!
Signs of Readiness for Baby Led Weaning
You’ll also want to make sure your child is showing signs of readiness that she’ll be able to start solids. Here are some general guidelines on signs of readiness:
- Sitting up with no (or little) support.
- Can hold his head steady for extended periods of time
- Can grab items easily
- Is able to take items to her mouth readily
- She’s making chewing motions with her mouth
- Reaching towards your food when you’re eating and showing interest in food
Okay, so tell me – what are you most excited for with baby led weaning? Let me know in the comments