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Implementing a Baby-Led Approach to the Introduction of Solid Foods for All Babies

Part One: Baby-Led Weaning-What, Why, and How

with Gill Rapley

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Course Description

Weaning is the gradual move away from full milk feeding (breastmilk or formula), during which family foods are introduced to complement the milk feeds, and then gradually take over as the main source of nourishment. The culmination of this extended period is the cessation of breastfeeding and/or formula feeding. The webinar will focus on what it means to take a baby-led approach to the weaning period for babies whose development follows a typical path, comparing the key features of baby-led weaning (BLW) with the conventional approach of spoon feeding and purees.

Gill will describe how the concept of BLW originated in her professional work and became established through observational research and academic studies. She will describe the theoretical background for the approach, in relation to both nutritional needs and wider aspects of child development, such as motor, cognitive and social skills. She will discuss babies’ motivation for moving on to solid food and show that, at around six months, most are developmentally ready to manage a range of textures – including purees and mashed foods – without needing to be actively fed by someone else. Finally, the known and likely benefits of baby-led weaning will be explored.

This on demand course provides 1.75 hours towards continuing education.

You will learn to:

  • Define baby led weaning (BLW) and list its key features 
  • Explain the rationale for, and background to, the approach
  • Describe some of the known and potential benefits of BLW
  • Outline existing evidence that supports the concept of BLW
  • Explain what BLW offers to the baby
  • Support parents to implement BLW

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What Past Students Have To Say:

  • "I enjoyed this webinar so much. The case studies in particular demonstrated the speakers' knowledge and care of their clients. They are both doing wonderful impactful work."
    Emily Jones, ST

  • "The speaker opened up my eyes about early feeding. For the baby, the focus should be on exploring food, not on the parent/feeder. The baby should be in control of what goes into his mouth and when. The parents should offer safe foods to be explored and engaged with at the child's pace."
    Julie Lake, OT

CEU Info

Certificates will be automatically issued for 1.75 hours of continuing education once course is fully completed. Check with your professional organizations' licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you. This course is eligible for ASHA’s professional development hour requirements. You will not require ASHA pre-approval for this. See here [https://www.asha.org/certification/FactDef/] for more information. This course is eligible for AOTA credits. Please check your state’s guidelines for specific information about this continuing education activity may apply to your state’s CEU guidelines.


This intermediate level course is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, assistants, educators, early intervention providers, parents/caregivers, and other professionals (social workers, nurses, registered dietitians, etc.) working with children with feeding challenges. Please contact us at [email protected]  with any needs regarding accommodations.


PhD Gill Rapley, PhD

Gill is the pioneer of the approach to the introduction of solid foods to babies known as baby-led weaning, an idea that originated from her practice as a health visitor and which she explored and refined as part of her Masters and PhD studies. She has co-authored several books on this and related subjects, as well as contributing to a number of academic journals and texts. Her seminal book, "Baby-led Weaning: Helping your baby to love good food", written with Tracey Murkett, has been translated into over 20 languages. In August, 2022, she and Jill Rabin, MS, launched "Your Baby Can Self-Feed, Too", which describes how BLW can be adapted for babies who face feeding challenges.

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Refunds must be requested writing and will incur a $15 fee. We are unable to give refunds after more than 10% of the course has been viewed. If the Get Permission Institute or speaker should need to cancel, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.