Your Baby Can Self-Feed, Too
Adapted Baby-Led Weaning for Children with Developmental Delays or Other Feeding Challenges
Jill Rabin, Gill Rapley PhD
No matter what challenges they face, your baby can self-feed, too!
One in four children has feeding challenges and difficulty eating. If your child is one of them, mealtimes may be a struggle. Whether the reason is neurodiversity (such as Down syndrome), feeding aversion, or a medical condition, feeding therapist Jill Rabin and baby-led weaning pioneer Gill Rapley are here to help with a groundbreaking new approach for parents, caregivers, and health professionals alike: adapted baby-led weaning (ABLW). Find out how to:
- Respond to your baby’s signals and appetite—and trust their abilities.
- Improve your baby’s chewing, posture, sensory development, and fine motor skills.
- Use “bridge devices,” like silicone feeders, to encourage independent eating.
- Support your baby to eat real, healthy food and enjoy mealtimes with the rest of the family.