Infant Course - Feeding Littles

Infant Course

Baby-led weaning done safely.

Guidance for starting solid foods.

It can be overwhelming when your baby begins eating solid foods. Whether your baby is brand new to solids or you’re looking to transition off of spoon-feeding, we provide guidance and clarity with how to let them safely feed themselves.

ABOUT

Infant Course details

Our 90-minute self-paced course includes images, videos, and printables that show you exactly how Baby-Led Weaning (infant self-feeding) is done. Perfect for ages 6 months and up.

  • Getting baby ready for solids and when your baby should start
  • What foods to serve and how to prepare them
  • Appropriate food sizes that baby can pick up (with photos!)
  • Choking hazards and keeping baby safe
  • Videos of babies eating and what gagging looks like – remember, gagging is normal at first
  • Allergenic foods and nutrition
  • Scheduling and milk feeds 
  • How to help your baby be successful with this process and what to do if they’re struggling
  • Constipation, Calorie Boosters, and other Troubleshooting Questions
  • And, much, much more!

Our user-friendly format makes it easy for you to learn how to successfully transition your baby to solid foods – with no tests or long reading assignments.

INSIDE SCOOP

What will you learn during the course?

Introduction
  • Meet our expert duo
  • Understand the Feeding Littles approach to Baby-led Weaning
Step 1: Get ready!
  • When to start feeding complementary foods based on your baby’s readiness signs
  • Understanding BLW, and what if your baby doesn’t have teeth
  • What about spoon-feeding?
Step 2: Let's do this!
  • What foods to offer baby (with photos!), how to serve them, and what foods to avoid
  • Videos of babies eating at various ages and stages
  • Allergenic foods and nutrition
  • Creating positive mealtimes, how to present foods, quantities and serving sizes
  • Scheduling and milk feeds
  • Multiple Tools: Baby’s First Grocery List, Allergenic Food Checklist, Meal Plan, Feeding Littles BLW Cheat Sheet
Step 3: Safety first!
  • Gagging versus choking – what to look for, including videos of babies gagging
  • How to keep baby safe at mealtime
  • Cup training
Step 4: Next Steps
  • Moving forward as baby gets older, including changing sizes of foods, milk transition, scheduling, and using utensils
  • Final Pro Tips
Bonus Step 5: Troubleshooting
  • Managing issues like constipation, teething, baby uninterested in food, reflux, etc.
  • Tips for when babies won’t self-feed or are struggling to transition off of spoon-feeding.
  • Red flags for feeding therapy and where to turn for help
  • Constipation strategies
  • Calories boosting strategies
Bonus Lesson 6: Bonus material
  • History of infant feeding
  • Getting baby ready for solids – sitting training, hand-to-mouth training, sensory exploration, language development
  • Feeding Little’s Favorite gear

A portion of the proceeds from this class will benefit SMA research. Learn more about SMA and baby Jack here.

Infant Course FAQ

What is Baby-led Weaning?

Baby-led weaning, or BLW, is an infant feeding philosophy that centers around self-feeding from the start. The term “weaning” can be confusing – in the United States, weaning means stopping breast- or bottle-feeding, but in much of the world weaning refers to how babies start solids. Thus, Baby-led Weaning is baby self-feeding.

 

In BLW, babies hold strips of soft foods, bring them to their mouth and learn to chew and swallow. BLW promotes independence at mealtime and might help prevent selective eating at some level. Parents tend to like how babies can eat what the family eats and they don’t have to make any special food. While you might find a lot of “rules” about BLW online, our online Infant Course focuses most on promoting independence and skill-building with babies and less about rigid rules or definitions. We are here to support you in doing what feels best for your family.

Does your Infant Course teach only Baby-led Weaning?

Our Infant Course focuses on self-feeding and BLW, as well as how to transition off purees if you have been spoon-feeding and how to offer pureed foods/baby foods in a way your baby can feed them to themselves. We believe that parents have to do what’s comfortable, and for some families that means starting with purees on a loaded spoon before transitioning to pieces of food. Our course helps you understand what’s safe, what foods to offer babies, how to handle milk feeds, and more.

How old should my baby be when I take your course?

We recommend starting solids around 6 months of age, so taking the course around 5 months is ideal. However, since it doesn’t expire you can purchase it much earlier than that to use when you’re ready. 

 

If your baby is older than 6 months but is not yet self-feeding, the course is great for you to learn how to transition from purees/baby food to finger foods. 

If your baby is 10 months or older and is already self-feeding, it’s time for our Toddler/Kid course.

How long is the Infant Course?

The main lessons of the infant course take about 90 minutes to complete and are broken into smaller steps.

My baby was premature. Can I take your Infant Course?

Babies born prematurely may show readiness signs for solid foods at a different age than babies born full-term. We recommend that parents of premature infants talk with their pediatrician and therapists about readiness cues and how to safely begin feeding given their specific medical or developmental needs. Many premature infants have utilized our Infant Course successfully!

I’m not breastfeeding. Can I take your Infant Course?

Our course focuses on self-feeding solid foods. “Weaning” in the term Baby-led Weaning is all about introducing solids, not weaning from the breast or bottle. Our Infant Course also includes an ebook that can help you wean from the breast or bottle when you and your baby are ready.

We started with purees and baby foods. Will your Infant Course help me?

Our Infant Course helps you transition to self-feeding finger foods, whether your baby is brand new to eating solids or has been eating pureed foods already. Many of our clients use it to help make this transition easier.

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