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Baby-led weaning 'is feasible'


Most babies can reach out for and eat finger food by six to eight months, according to a study on baby-led weaning by Glasgow University.

The researchers analysed data on 602 children.

By six months, 56% were reaching out for food and 40% were eating it - rising to 94% and 90% at eight months.

They said: “Baby-led weaning may be feasible for most infants, but could lead to nutritional problems for the small number of children who develop more slowly.”

They advise encouraging infants to self-feed with solid finger food during family meals, but also give them spoon-fed purees.


Readers' comments (2)

  • But this says nothing about the actual nutritional needs of the baby. What they advise, is exactly what families have been doing for decades. Babies shouldn't be waiting for 8 months for solid foods.

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  • I used baby led weaning with my son now 16 months. My main concern was not the reaching out to get the food but was the ability to swallow safely. True baby led weaning includes all food not just bread, rusk or biscuit! What puzzles me is how much more nutrition is a baby going to get by having a few spoonfuls of food force fed into them and not letting them decide if they want or actually like it

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