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Is it OK to mix spoon-feeding with baby-led weaning?

Julie Clark

Baby-led weaning expert


It is possible to mix baby-led weaning (BLW) with spoon-feeding, but it may make the introduction of solids a little more confusing for your baby.

If you feel that a mixed approach is the best route for you, then you can help your baby by doing the following:

  • Keep the balance between spoon-feeding and finger food the same, so at each meal provide your baby with some finger foods as well as food that can be given from a spoon.
  • If your baby wants to grab and use the spoon himself then let him. Use foods that will stick to a spoon that you can hand to your baby such as porridge, mashed potato and thick yoghurt.
  • If your baby is showing a preference for finger foods then increase the balance so that more finger food is available to him.
  • Make sure you start to reduce spoon-feeding and increase finger foods from seven months to eight months.

There are many different reasons why you may want to mix spoon-feeding with a baby-led weaning approach, but the most important factor is that you are happy with your decision.

If you are really worried about your baby gagging on food and it’s making mealtimes something you dread, then baby-led weaning may not be the right approach for you.

Similarly, if you know you’re going to find the mess that often comes with BLW stressful, then it may not be the right weaning method to take.

Introducing food to your baby should be an exciting and fun stage of his development, for both of you, so choose the method that suits you and your baby best.

More baby-led weaning advice:

Last reviewed: July 2017
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