The advantages of BLW for your baby are manifold
- Healthy eating habits: establishing healthy habits at an early age is related to the baby’s response to hunger and satiety signals. BLW aims at on-demand feeding based on the infant’s actual needs, avoiding force-feeding.
- More natural feeding: because it promotes the intake of healthier food, served with their most natural texture and taste, so that the baby can recognise it based on colour and taste, such as vegetables and fruits and unprocessed foods.
- Promotes psychomotor development and independence: Parents serve foods separately so babies can pick and handle them on their own, thereby developing skills such as eye-hand coordination, pincer grasp, chewing, swallowing, etc. They are involved at mealtimes through playful experimentation and manipulation.
- Good for mouth muscles and dental health: it prepares the muscles required to speak through chewing, preventing possible speech issues and helping teething.
- Prevents obesity in childhood: The baby’s active role in this weaning method results in the baby self-regulating intake and quantities, thereby generating a feeling of fullness, which is essential for preventing obesity.
- Improves the transition to solid food: a key period is known to exist in the introduction of solid food which, if skipped, will usually result in the baby’s greater reluctance to accept food textures other than purées. This period is from 7-10 months.
- Improves the family diet: no different meals are required so, when we cook with the baby’s feeding in mind, the entire cooking process, starting from when we shop for food, becomes healthier.