1. You don’t have to choose one method
Some feel a need to go with one method or the other, but I’ve always believed that you don’t have to choose. At around six months, you have the freedom to combine an element of baby-led weaning alongside spoon feeding if you feel that’s right for you and your baby.
2. Combining both methods is very popular
In speaking to other parents, dietitians, nutritionists and healthcare professionals about the various approaches to weaning, combining both methods is a popular option and one that many parents are finding the most realistic to adopt. Offering a mix of pureed foods as well as soft fingers foods at the beginning is also advocated by the likes of the Department of Health and the NHS and the British Nutrition Foundation.
3. Having a guide with whichever option of weaning you choose is wise
While both methods can be adopted on their own (and lots of parents enjoy real success with both methods when adopted exclusively), the introduction of my new Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book equips families with the option to do what they feel is best. This book can be used on its own for exclusive baby-led weaning. Or, it can be used as a companion cookbook to my original feeding guide, the New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner, which is filled with my popular puree recipes.
4. Shared mealtimes are to be enjoyed
Baby-led weaning encourages shared family mealtimes, and whilst I’m a big advocator of everyone sitting down together and eating a variety of foods, this is not always realistic for busy families. It’s a positive principle to adopt, albeit if only a few times a week, but having purees as an option at the very beginning, gives parents even more flexibility.
5. There is no right or wrong
What’s important is that there is no right or wrong to weaning. Some babies thrive on purees, others on finger foods and yet some on both. Instead of committing to a certain feeding method, it’s ok to be flexible in your approach and to follow your intuition and your baby’s developmental signs.
Annabel’s new Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book equips families with the option to do what they feel is best. This book can be used on its own for exclusive baby-led weaning. Or it can be used as a companion cookbook to Annabel’s original feeding guide, the New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner, which is filled with her popular puree recipes.
As well as being packed with useful advice and top tips, the book is filled with 120 recipes which the whole family can enjoy together – from breakfast and snacks, to vegetables, poultry, fish, meat and more.