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4 modifications to BLW to play to the natural strengths of a baby with Down syndrome

“Can I use BLW (Baby-Led Weaning) with my baby with Down syndrome?” This is a question we get a lot and our short answer is YES! Many babies with Down syndrome can use BLW or a modified version of BLW to transition to solids. If you’re new to Feeders and Growers and you want more details on why we think BLW is an excellent approach for infants with unique needs or who are developing along their own timeline, check out this post first then come on back here! We've written these posts specifically for a collaboration with the awesome ladies of Able Appetites (IG: @ableappetites) so while we kept it a bit more general in our last post (focusing on kids with developmental differences and unique needs) in this post were specifically focusing on babies with Down syndrome.

Strengths and Learning Styles of babies with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) that  can be used with Baby-Led Weaning (BLW)

First, we just want to acknowledge that kids are incredibly unique! We are going to make some generalizations in this post which are based on research regarding common developmental progression and learning styles experienced by people with Down syndrome but need to acknowledge that many children will not follow these patterns or may have different strengths and that’s OK! Always look to your child for information about what they specifically need to be successful.

Common Strengths and Learning Styles of babies with Trisomy 21 that can be used with Baby-Led Weaning (BLW)