This study compared “traditional or standard weaning”, defined as the spoon-feeding of purees, to “baby-led weaning” Which the authors define as allowing infants to self-feed foods in their whole form starting at 6-months. For baby-led weaning, maternal control is minimal because the foods are placed in front of the baby and the baby chooses which and how much to eat. There is also lack of puree use with baby-led weaning.
In the first phase of this study, 423 mothers of infants aged 6-12 months reported the age of solid food introduction and weaning style (standard versus baby-led), among other variables. Then, in phase 2, 298 mothers of 18-24 month olds reported their child’s weight and eating styles, including “satiety-responsiveness”(ability to regulate intake in response to fullness cues), “food-responsiveness” (desire to eat when not hungry), “food fussiness” (pickiness & limited food choices) and “enjoyment of food.”
It is noted that further research is needed to confirm these findings. Parents, self-report was used in this study, so authors addressed the need for more objective measures in future studies.
What are your thoughts? How have you started solid foods with your baby? What worked and didn’t work?