Pay attention to this before applying Baby Led Weaning

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Pay attention to this before applying Baby Led Weaning
Pay attention to this before applying Baby Led Weaning

Are you familiar with baby led weaning (BLW)? This method was first popularized in the UK and is now widely practiced in many other countries, including Indonesia. Before applying BLW, pay attention to the important things about the method

Baby led weaning is a method of introducing complementary foods (MPASI) by allowing children to choose and eat all their own food without being fed. The type of food given in this method is not in the form of soft foods such as puree or porridge, but solid foods that have been cut into pieces.

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BLW can be applied when your little one reaches the age of being able to consume solid food, which is at the age of 6-9 months.

Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Baby Led Weaning

Maybe many parents don't realize that they have applied the BLW method to their children. This usually occurs in the second or subsequent children. When he sees how his brother or other family members eat, he will imitate and try to take food from the plate and then feed it into his mouth.

Applying the BLW method on your little one can actually have a good impact on their growth and development, Bun. The following are some of the benefits that your little one can get from the baby led weaning method:

1. Helping children recognize the taste and texture of food

In applying the BLW method, food is served in solid and larger form. This will allow your little one to recognize the texture because it is easy to grip. In addition, this method also introduces your little one to the various tastes, colors, and aromas of the food he consumes.

2. Supports children's motor development

Applying the BLW method can support your little one's motor development, you know, Bun. This method can be a means for your little one to train hand-eye coordination, as well as chewing and grasping skills.

3. Make children enjoy the food they eat

Teaching your little one this method allows him to enjoy the food he eats without being forced to open his mouth. In addition, your little one can also be introduced to many types of food.

4. Prevent obesity in childhood

A study shows that BLW will make children prefer and choose he althier foods. This will make children's growth and development more optimal and avoid obesity in childhood.

In addition, your little one can also get used to stopping eating when he feels full or is not interested in his food. In the future, this can prevent him from overeating.

Although it has benefits for children's growth and development, BLW is also not free from shortcomings. Some of the shortcomings of the BLW method that you need to know are:

  • There is a risk of choking in children due to the varying sizes of food textures
  • Trigger gag reflex
  • The eating process is messy
  • Risk of nutritional deficiencies if food choices are limited or the child is very picky

Tips for Applying the Baby Led Weaning Method

Feeding children with the BLW method should not be careless, Bun. So that your little one can benefit from applying this method, here are some tips you can do:

1. Make sure the child is ready to feed himself

Before applying the BLW method to your little one, make sure he is able to sit in a chair, straighten his chest and head, take his own food, and is able to chew and bite food.

2. Start with soft food

Introduce soft foods first in the early stages of this method, such as cut fruit, egg yolks, fish cut into small pieces, tender shredded meat, cereals, pasta, and steamed vegetables. This will make it easier for your little one to chew and swallow food.

Avoid giving food that poses a choking risk, such as hard fruit or vegetables, popcorn, nuts, whole grapes, raisins, and large pieces of sausage or meat.

3. Adjust food size

Make sure you serve food that fits your little one's grip, okay? Give food that has been cut lengthwise or commonly called finger food, so your little one can grip it and put it in the mouth easily.

4. Give nutritious food

Not only paying attention to the texture and size, the nutritional content in the food that is given to your little one should not go unnoticed, right, Bun.Make sure Mother provides he althy food that is high in nutrition so that her growth and development remains optimal and her immune system remains good.

Also provide a variety of foods to avoid the risk of nutritional deficiencies if he tends to be picky about his food. Also, avoid giving food with added coloring, foods high in sugar and s alt, and fast food.

5. Keep giving breast milk regularly

Even though you can eat with BLW, breastfeeding or formula must continue. The reason is, the biggest source of nutrition for children aged 10-12 months comes from here. Breastfeeding can be done between meals.

When applying the baby led weaning method to your little one, let him sit on a special dining chair for babies to get used to eating in its place. In addition, it is important to always supervise your little one while eating to prevent unwanted things.

Applying the BLW method can indeed bring benefits. But remember, not all children can fit in this way. Some children may be more susceptible to malnutrition and choking with this method, especially if the child has special needs or was born prematurely.

Therefore, don't hesitate to consult with a doctor about whether or not baby led weaning can be applied, OK, Bun. If possible, also ask how to apply the BLW method which is safe and in accordance with the he alth condition of the Little One.

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