The new rules of baby-led weaning

​When it came to weaning, for years most parents opted to spoon-feed purées to their babies. But in 2008, British midwife Gill Rapley popularized the idea of baby-led weaning.

She suggested simply putting appropriate food on to your baby’s tray and letting him feed himself.

Eight years and thousands of baby-led weaned babies later, we’ve learned a lot about what works well – and what doesn’t – when it comes to this method of weaning.

Meet the experts: Nancy Ripton and Melanie Potock are co-authors of Baby Self-Feeding: Solid Food Solutions to Create Lifelong, Healthy Eating Habits (£16.99, Fair Winds Press).

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