OUR MEALS ARE BABY-LED-READY

This is our version of Baby-Led Weaning: the practice of introducing your tiny human to solids, hands-first. No purees. No airplane sounds with a spoon.

OUR MEALS ARE BABY-LED-READY

This is our version of Baby-Led Weaning: the practice of introducing your tiny human to solids, hands-first. No purees. No airplane sounds with a spoon.

WHY HANDS-FIRST IS BENEFICIAL

GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS

When tiny humans get to explore food with their hands, they develop a better relationship with food. They build a visual relationship and experience textures at their own pace, which has shown to decrease “picky eating”.

CAN-DO ATTITUDES

Tiny humans are pretty good at letting you know when they’re not hungry. The sooner they can self-feed, the sooner they learn how to stop when they’re full.

COORDINATED CHAOS

The more they use those hands, the more practice they get. They are also forming all kinds of “if-this-then-that” connections in their brains. “IF I grab this bright green leafy thing, THEN I can put it in my mouth.”

OK, I’M IN, BUT I’M SCARED.

Let’s talk about the big bad wolf of baby-led eating: the fear of choking.

CHOKING VS GAGGING

CHOKING

The complete blockage of the airway. There is little to no sound during choking. The baby is in distress and can become blue. Intervention is necessary.

GAGGING

Often confused with choking. Gagging is an important protective reflex during which baby coughs noisily and brings up food. Gagging is a NORMAL reaction.

FACTS MAKE THINGS LESS SCARY

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY TINY HUMAN IS READY?

MY TINY HUMAN CAN:

Hold head up

Sit upright

Grab food and guide to mouth

THE FOOD

Finally, the fun part. Not sure which foods make the cut? Refer to this trusty chart.

IS IT...

big enough for their tiny hands to grab

squishable in the mouth

THEN THE ANSWER IS YES

Big enough for their tiny hands to grab

Squishable in the mouth

THEN THE ANSWER IS YES

A raw vegetable?

An underripe fruit?

A small, hard food (nuts, grapes, sweets)?

A food cut into rounds (sausages, carrots)?

Popcorn?

THEN THE ANSWER IS NO

A raw vegetable?

An underripe fruit?

A small, hard food (nuts, grapes, sweets)?

A food cut into rounds (sausages, carrots)?

Popcorn?

THEN THE ANSWER IS NO

The Setup

You’ve got your food, your tiny human, now what?

DO

  • Tiny humans sit upright at 90 degrees
  • Let them play with food
  • Let them take their time
  • Start with once a day

DON'T

  • Make it dinner + a movie (Distractions should be limited)
  • Put food in their mouths
  • Force them to finish
  • Panic (you are doing great)

YOU AND YOUR TINY HUMAN CAN ABSOLUTELY DO THIS.

Just for fun, let’s go over those benefits again.

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IMPROVED DEXTERITY

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Better relationship with food

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Ability to self-feed and self-regulate

Sound good?
Our meals are baby-led eating ready.