Baby-led weaning

What is baby led weaning?

Baby led weaning is an approach to introducing solids where the baby feeds themself right from the beginning, usually at 6mths. This style of feeding was pioneered by Dr Gill Rapley in the early 2000’s and is explained in detail in here.

Baby led weaning:

  • allows babies to explore taste, texture, colour and smell
  • encourages independence and confidence
  • helps to develop their hand-eye coordination and chewing skills
  • makes picky eating and mealtime battles less likely.

What are some baby led weaning recipes?

There are many fabulous sources of inspiration for baby led weaning. Here are a few of our favourites:
Baby Mealtimes by Dr Kyla Smith
Boob to Food by Luka McCabe
One Handed Cooks by Allie Gaunt and Jessica Beaton
Mum Bub Nutrition by Abby McLennan
SR Nutrition by Charlotte Stirling-Reed
Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell
Baby Led Weaning Cookbook by Natalie Peal

What do I need for baby led weaning?

Baby led weaning is messy! With a coverall Messy Mealtime Smock, you and your baby can have more fun and less washing while baby led weaning.

See the Messy Mealtime Smock in action here!