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Starting solids is such an exciting journey for babies – so many new tastes and textures to try! And traditionally there’s only been a couple of different ways to introduce solid food to a baby, but now there’s a new kid on the block – Baby Led Licking!

Mum-of-four, Michelle, says she’s started the new food introduction technique with her four-month-old daughter, who is loving exploring first foods.

“So I started this thing last week with my four-month-old that I’m jokingly calling Baby Led Licking and I’m sure people will have plenty to say about it,” Michelle explained in a TikTok video that’s been viewed more than one million times.

“She’s not ready for Baby Led Weaning yet, but gee has she enjoyed getting to know her tastebuds while licking fresh fruits and veggies that I’ve been safely holding in my hand.”

Michelle says her daughter Birdie has tried banana, apple, corn on the cob, avocado, squished blueberry, cantaloupe, and brussels sprouts by simply licking chunks of food.

@7daysofplay This week she tried: banana, apple, corn on the cob, avocado, squished blueberry, cantaloupe, and brussel sprouts. #4monthsold #babyledweaning #blwideas #lifewithkids #momlifebelike ♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Understandably, the video has drawn a mixed reaction from other parents, many saying four-months is too young for a baby to try solid food.

Ashley Morton said: “I did this too! But I waited until the recommended 6 months.”

“It’s because the bacteria in the food if not sterilised is harmful before 6 months,” said Shannon Iou.

However, there were also many supportive comments who said they had or will try this with their babies.

“Mums know when their babies are ready. My son was 4 months when we started adding food to his diet, my daughter wasn’t interested til 6 months,” said Stacey Jaki Bogan.

Introducing solids to babies

According to Australian guidelines, babies can start having solid food by around six-months-old. Before six-months they get everything they need from breastmilk or formula. It’s not recommended to introduce solids before four-months.

Introducing babies to solids can be done by using mushy or pureed food, or via Baby Led Weaning.

Baby Led Weaning skips the need to puree food, and goes straight to finger food.

What do you think of Baby Led Licking? Would you try it with you baby? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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  • Back when I had my children we were encouraged to introduce solids at 4 months.

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  • This is no longer relevant to me, but as a means of learning tastes, etc. I think it’s a great idea. Baby is not eating the food so it’s not an issue with eating solids, but just learning new and different tastes. I like it!

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  • As long as the baby is safe and happy it is fine

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  • As long as baby is safe

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  • We do baby lead weaning – but from 6 months onwards. Cute idea though☺️

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  • It sounds odd! When my kids were little it changed from bus trying solids from 4 months to 4 – 6 months and my oldest two and 14 months apart so back then thing were always changing. I’m not evening sure what the recommendations are now.

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  • Each to their own when it comes to feeding etc. All babies are different and you do what works for you but what I will say is what a gorgeous little baby!

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  • I started with solids when my twins showed interest in our food. One earlier the other one a little bit later.

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  • The recommendation for starting solid is 4-6 months so if they’re ready at 6 months why wouldn’t you start!

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  • Gosh i really hope this doesnt become a trend people follow thinking its just ok. Their babies need to be ready and usually food is safer from 6 months onwards even if they are licking it. Their guts arent ready.

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  • There’s always going to be for and against for this idea but not all babies develop at the same rate. It might be safe for some babies to start at 4 months but I’d check with my paediatrician first.

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  • Good luck – I’m sure things will always settle down in the long term for you both.

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  • I’d never feed a baby prior to 6 months, they are but to young!

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  • Ive only heard of feeding at 4 months tbh

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  • I couldn’t help but laugh. Babies lick everything you might as well give them food to lick, suck, bite etc… whenever you want and the baby is ready.

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