What is baby-led weaning?

Here at Tops, we offer our own weaning menu which has been adapted to suit the needs of the younger children who are weaning. The weaning menu is available for children under 18 months old.

Baby-led weaning is a great way to get your child off to a good start with solid foods. It allows a baby to pick up and eat the food themselves. Babies who are baby-led weaned are more likely to eat a wide range of family foods early on and are able to join in with family mealtimes.

The recommended age to start baby-led weaning is six months, as developmentally babies then have the gross and oral skills required. Baby-led weaning should also be given alongside the child’s normal milk (either breast or formula)

Baby-led weaning is a learning experience for your child, try not to put too much in front of them, just a couple of pieces of food to choose from at a time is enough.

Here are some types of food that are popular for baby-led weaning:
  • Citrus fruits e.g. strawberries and kiwi fruit
  • Cooked pasta (without sauce)
  • Fingers of toast or bread
  • Breadsticks
  • Fingers of cheese
  • Pieces of meat or fish
  • Vegetable sticks
Foods to avoid during baby-led weaning includes:
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Goat’s or sheep’s milk
  • Mould-ripened soft cheese

At Tops Day Nurseries, baby-led weaning forms part of respectful baby care, allowing babies and toddlers to explore a selection of healthy foods.

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