February 7th, 2012
Research shows baby-led weaning promotes healthy food preferences.
An article published today in BMJ Open shows that baby-led weaning helps children to eat healthily.
Researchers found that babies who fed themselves with finger foods from the start of weaning were likely to eat more healthily and have a healthier BMI later than those who were spoon fed purees. Children who were weaned using a baby-led approach liked carbohydrates more than children who had been spoon fed, whereas children in the spoon-fed group liked sweet foods the best. More children in the spoon-fed group were overweight or obese than those in the baby-led group.
The authors say: “Our study suggests that baby-led weaning has a positive impact on the liking for foods that form the building blocks of healthy nutrition, such as carbohydrates. This has implications for combating the well-documented rise of obesity in contemporary societies”.
The findings are based on 155 children between the ages of 20 months and 6.5 years, whose parents completed a detailed questionnaire about their children’s weaning style and food preferences.
This confirms what parents of BLW babies have known all along: babies really do know best!
The study Baby knows best? The impact of weaning style on food preferences and body mass index in early childhood can be viewed here.
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