As a parent, your role in self-feeding during Baby-Led Weaning is crucial to help your baby develop a positive and healthy relationship with food.


Here are key aspects of your role in self-feeding

Providing age-appropriate foods: Your responsibility includes selecting and preparing foods that are suitable for your baby’s developmental stage. Start with easy-to-grasp and swallow options and gradually introduce new textures and flavors as your baby progresses. It’s good to start with boiled potatoes, steamed cauliflower florets, steamed mushrooms, boiled sweet potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces for your baby. As your baby gets used to such textures, you can gradually move on to steamed idlis, soft chillas, and omelets.

Ensuring safety: Safety is of utmost importance while getting your child to self-feed. It’s your duty to ensure a safe mealtime environment. This involves providing an appropriate chair, a sitting area, or a high chair with safety harnesses, removing potential hazards from the dining area, and closely supervising your baby during meals. Never leave your baby alone while they are attempting to self-feed. Make sure that all the adult cutlery and crockery are nowhere near your baby.

Offering nutritious choices: You play a significant role in providing a balanced and nutritious diet for your baby. Offer a variety of nutrient-rich, home-made and freshly prepared foods to support their growth and development. Consult with a pediatrician at BabyVerse if you have concerns about your baby’s nutrition.

Encouraging independence: BLW is about promoting independence. Allow your baby to explore and feed themselves, even if it gets messy. Remember that your child will first create a bond with the food, and this happens only when they pick it up and play with it. Let them explore the art of self-feeding at their own pace. This fosters self-confidence and fine motor skills development.

Monitoring allergens: Be mindful of introducing potential allergenic foods and watch for any allergic reactions. Consult with a healthcare professional if you have a family history of allergies or concerns about allergens.

Promoting a positive environment: Create a positive mealtime atmosphere. Mealtime should be an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Avoid rushing your baby or pressuring them to eat faster. Force-feeding, offering distractions, or threatening or yelling at your baby, even if they make a mess, are a huge no. Let your baby play with the food and make a mess. Do not force them or expect them to behave in a certain way. Your child is still learning what to do with their food. Have patience, it will certainly pay off in the long run.

Learning to interpret cues: Pay attention to your baby’s cues. Understand their hunger signals and recognize when they’ve had enough. It’s essential to respect their appetite and not force them to eat. Some days babies eat a few bites and other days they ask for 3 helpings. Both are fine. Just like adults, a baby’s appetite changes from one meal to the other. Do not worry about your baby’s diet as long as they are active, healthy, and developing at the normal pace.

Educating yourself: Continuously educate yourself about BLW, food safety, and your baby’s developmental milestones. Staying informed helps you to make smart choices and address any problems that may arise. After all, parenting does not come with a user manual and BLW and self-feeding are fairly tricky to navigate. Hence, read up as much as you can and stay in the know.

Supervising gagging and choking: Learn how to differentiate between gagging and choking and know how to respond appropriately in each situation. Gagging is a reflex that helps babies avoid choking. Learn to provide assistance if your baby gags or chokes while maintaining a calm demeanor.

Adaptability and patience: Understand that every baby is unique, and their self-feeding journey may have its ups and downs. Be patient and adaptable, allowing your baby to progress at their own pace. Do not expect your baby to behave a certain way. Just go with the flow and let them be their unique self.


Children love mimicking their parents. The best way to help your baby in their self-feeding journey is by sitting on the same dining table as them and having your meals at the same time as them. Eating with your baby whenever possible is the best way to be a role model.

With some patience and the right approach, you can be an amazing role model for shaping your little one’s eating habits!