Your baby is coming up to or has already hit 6 months old.
Not only are you perhaps considering a 'Now I Can Sit' photoshoot, but you are probably weighing up your little milk monster's weaning options.
Weaning: Do you go baby led or do you go parent led?
What is baby led weaning?
Babies food is usually cut into manageable sticks for grip and popped in front of baby to let them explore using their hands and mouth in their own way, letting them learn to chew first and swallow later.
Parent led weaning is just the opposite of that in the sense that all food is pureed and spoon fed by an adult. Smashed foods and lumps can be introduced at a later date.
We've put together some of the pro's and cons for both sides to make your decision a little easier.
Pro's For Baby Led Weaning
- Introduction to many different textures of food from the get go.
- Babies that have been fed this way supposedly are less fussy with food.
- The food preparation time is a lot less than pureeing.
- Get to see and taste foods in almost their natural state giving them a good head start in food knowledge.
- By 10months old they can eat what you are eating.
Con's For Baby Led WeaninG
- It can be very messy. Think hands, face, hair, floors and walls. Okay, maybe not quite like that, but still it's usually a good clean up mission once they've finished.
- Your little ones may not be taking enough food for all the nutrients they need so do continue with their usual milk feeds.
Pro's To Parent Led Weaning (Spoon Feeding)
- You know exactly how much food your little one is getting and if you've cooked and prepped the meal yourself you will also know exactly what has gone into it.
- There is less mess than baby led weaning.
- There is also much less of a chance of your baby choking with smoother foods.
Con's To Parent Led Weaning (Spoon Feeding)
- Eating together may be a struggle as baby will probably want that spoon in their mouth as soon as humanely possible. You may never eat a hot meal again.
- Preparation can be extremely time consuming.
Well, there you have it!
Have you weighed up your options yet? Which way will you go? Let me know in the comments below!