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National Baby-Led Weaning Day: It's a Thing with Gill Rapley, PhD

  • The evolution over time regarding the age at which to start solid foods for babies. At one point babies as young as 6 WEEKS of age were being fed solids (and we cover why this was a horrible idea and what the research now shows us about a safe age to start solid foods!)
  • Why Western food culture does not historically celebrate this important transition to solid foods during infancy, but how BLW Day can raise awareness about safety and appropriate introduction of first foods beyond breastmilk and/or commercial infant formula
  • How to identify the reliable signs of readiness to feed. And why Gill Rapley thinks observing for the disappearance of your baby's tongue thrust reflex is a waste of time if you're really waiting until 6 months to start solid food
Katie Ferraro

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BLW Day...it’s a thing! And Gill Rapley, the founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement is here to help celebrate! 

The first ever NATIONAL BABY-LED WEANING DAY is July 1, 2021. But why? Well, July 1 is right at the 6 month mark in the calendar year. If your baby was born January 1, on July 1 your baby would be 6 months of age.

In this episode Gill Rapley is going to explain the other reliable signs of readiness to eat that your baby should be demonstrating, but with BLW day we’re driving awareness to the importance of waiting until the 6 month mark to start solid foods.

We’re also chatting about the history of introducing solid foods and why historically doctors and health professionals have recommended starting before 6 months of age. And Gill and I discuss why we don’t celebrate this important readiness to start solid foods milestone in Western food culture...but how BLW Day can help us start doing so!

Happy Baby-Led Weaning Day and hope you enjoy this interview with Gill Rapley, co-author of the original BLW book and the lady who made it her mission to show us how many foods our babies can learn to eat if we just let them and wait until they’re ready to self-feed!

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It’s the first ever BLW day, and Gill Rapley is on the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast to help celebrate. In this episode we’re talking about:

  • The evolution over time regarding the age at which to start solid foods for babies. At one point babies as young as 6 WEEKS of age were being fed solids (and we cover why this was a horrible idea and what the research now shows us about a safe age to start solid foods!)

  • Why Western food culture does not historically celebrate this important transition to solid foods during infancy, but how BLW Day can raise awareness about safety and appropriate introduction of first foods beyond breastmilk and/or commercial infant formula

  • How to identify the reliable signs of readiness to feed. And why Gill Rapley thinks observing for the disappearance of your baby’s tongue thrust reflex is a waste of time if you’re really waiting until 6 months to start solid food

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