Of all the milestones babies reach, starting solids was the one I looked forward to the most. After doing a lot of research — combined with my compulsive need to go against the "norm" — I decided to go with what I believed to be a more natural approach to feeding my baby solids. Much like baby-led nursing, baby-led weaning puts your baby in charge of what, when, and how much they eat, letting them explore different foods and, ultimately, become tiny, non-picky connoisseurs. Or at least that's the goal. But how do you get baby to do baby-led weaning? It's actually a super simple and intuitive process.
Although there's no one "right" way to teach your baby to eat, in my experience (and the experience of countless other moms who back the method,) baby-led weaning simply introduces complimentary foods to your baby's already established diet of breastmilk or formula, slowly adding in more and more until you're ready to stop nursing altogether. The beauty of baby-led weaning is that it looks differently for every family — sometimes taking months or longer. You don't have to spend hours pureeing foods or buy special food for your little one. Instead, you'd simply serve them samples of what you've already made for yourself and the rest of your family — teaching them healthy eating habits right from the start. If baby-led weaning appeals to you (and your already busy schedule,) keep these tips in mind before trying it out.