Baby-led weaning: transitioning to solid foods at the baby's own pace

Community Pract. 2011 Jun;84(6):20-3.


Baby-led weaning is an approach to the introduction of solid foods that is being followed by increasing numbers of parents, but what is it, and should health visitors be encouraging it? This paper aims to refresh practitioners' background knowledge of complementary feeding and to outline the key features of baby-led weaning, as well as to explore the evidence that supports this approach as a logical adjunct to the move to six months for the introduction of solid foods. The more common concerns of parents and professionals, such as choking and iron intake, are addressed. Tips for implementing baby-led weaning are included and some of the potential benefits identified.

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / prevention & control
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutrition Disorders / prevention & control
  • Parenting*
  • Weaning*