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Updated on May 18, 2012

Is BLW For You?

At the same time, some people feel uncomfortable with baby-led weaning. “People who can’t tolerate mess will probably enjoy this style of weaning,” says Aitch. “You really do have to unclench and leave it up to the child. Some people (like me) find that ‘hands-off’ approach liberating, but if you’re the sort of person who likes to be in control you might struggle.”

At the same time, parents who avoid BLW for this reason may be simply postponing the inevitable. “The way I see it, they ALL have to learn how to self-feed at some point, so you might as well get it over with before their throwing arm gets stronger,” jokes Aitch.

You may worry about how other people will react to a very young child eating whole solid foods. Aitch says that surprisingly, people tend to react with “curiosity and delight.” She notes that “especially in restaurants, where they are often used to seeing children reject food, seeing a chubby six-monther chowing down on a green bean is fantastic.”

A surprising trend? Perhaps, and yet it calls into question whether baby food is truly best for a young child learning how to eat. Why not try it with your baby, and see what happens?

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