Baby-led weaning and the family diet. A pilot study

Appetite. 2012 Jun;58(3):1046-9. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.01.033. Epub 2012 Mar 7.


Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a style of solid food introduction that emphasizes self-feeding rather than spoon-feeding. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to determine whether parents using BLW change their dietary intake during weaning, and if their babies are offered family foods. Participants kept diet diaries at baseline and three months later, post-BLW implementation. Wilcoxon tests revealed no significant changes in dietary intake during the first three months of weaning, however, parents offered their children 57% of the same foods they were consuming. Results suggest that BLW does not lead to dietary changes among parents during the weaning process.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child Rearing
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet Records
  • Diet*
  • Family*
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Weaning*