The importance to let your baby self-feeding, it's worth the mess

As a new parents, you might being really protective of you kids. You are afraid of choking issue, so you may always feed your children. Of course I know every parents might have different perception about self-feeding for children, let we discuss the importance of allowing children to be in charge of their own feeding and learn how to listen to their bodies, it is also called BLW (baby-led weaning).

This article will let you know why you should stop feeding them and let your little one self-feeding, and yes, letting them self-feeding definitely worth the mess.

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Why baby self-feeding is worth the mess?

Learning to eat alone (self-feeding) must be trained early so that the child is active in various things later. When a child is able to grasp something it's good to let them eat by themselves so that his fingers are stimulated.

Children who learn to grab food and put it in their mouths are expected to be more skilled in using their hands for other positive activities such as coloring or drawing.

The more they learns to hold, after a long time their fine motor muscles or small muscles become stronger. When they gets bigger, we stimulate him to self-feeding using a utensils according to his size, and then he gets more skilled, which means he gets stronger again.

What is a good age to start self-feeding and why?

Once you introduce solid food, your child might show signs of wanting to feed himself. Just wait until your child is able to pick up food and get it into their mouths successfully, whether using their hands or utensils, then it is the right time to begin the transition to self-feeding. It is an important stage of children to self-feeding. Self-feeding involves lots of feeling, squeezing and dropping food. It might seem messy, but it’s one of the ways your child develops fine motor skills like learning to hold a spoon.

Read also: 3 Rules you must follow when giving first food to your children

Start baby self-feeding with..

Finger foods

In BLW method there is mentioned about letting your children observe food by their own. Soft, bite-sized pieces of food that are easy for baby to pick up and mash between his gums or teeth. Like a small piece of soft fruit or soft and cooked vegetables like potato or pumpkin. You can add more if they’re finish their meal or if they’re drop it.

Start introduce solid food to them while they are 6 months old, the important thing is finger foods are not their main nutrition resource, by that time we encourage you to keep breastfeeding your baby, but, let them observe foods. You will find out that when they have interested in foods, then it would be easier to let them self-feeding.

Read more: Baby's first solid food

Using utensils

Technically there is no right or wrong about giving children use utensils to self-feeding, as long as utensils was made for children, like Grabease. The self-feeding journey with hands is very important as it helps a baby to experience texture and it is all important for the gag reflex. Utensils then bring to the table the next developmental step in learning about mealtime etiquette and motor development.

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Why Grabease is the best fork and spoon to start with?

Let’s talk about traditional children’s cutlery. They look very much like adult cutlery, just scaled down to a small size. However, if you put a traditional child’s spoon next to a baby’s arm, you will see that a “child size” spoon is actually the same length as a 12-month old’s forearm! If adults used the same proportions in utensils when we ate we’d be eating with a serving spoon.  So, traditional children’s utensils are too big.

Read more: Self-feeding utensils, Grabease or Bumkins silicone chewtensils?

Then there is improper hand-hold in “child size” spoon. Due to the long handle, a child can’t use a proper vertical hand grasp to use them, so they hold these handles with a fist. This doesn’t encourage fine motor development.

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There really is only one solution and that’s Grabease. They encourage vertical and horizontal hold because of the short ergonomic handle and have been endorsed by Occupational Therapists due to this revolutionary feature.

-The Real Nutritionist-

If you're interested in learning more about the transition to utensils for self-feeding baby, check out this.

Last but not least, messy eating and playing with food are normal parts of your baby’s development when they’re learning to eat independently. It’s normal for your baby to drop or throw food on the floor. If you react when they do this, he might think it’s the start of an exciting new game. One way to handle this is ignore it. Pick up the food calmly, without a fuss. Or you can leave the food on the floor until they finish their meal so you just have the one clean-up.

Needless to say, teaching children self-feeding is often a long and messy journey. Just let the food fly!!
— The Real Nutritionist

Does baby really need pacifier?

Every parents have their own perspective about pacifier, some said it is necessary for babies and they said pacifier can help soothe babies. Some said it may cause nipple confusion, or even cause a mother’s milk supply to drop because the baby is sucking at the breast less, then may would harm their teeth development.

Does baby really need pacifier?

Some babies able to soothe themselves, some need pacifier to help them feel calm. Most babies have a strong sucking reflex. Some babies even suck their thumbs or fingers before they're born.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents need to wait until your baby is breastfeeding well and your milk supply is established in order to prevent nipple confusion, your baby’s 1 month birthday should be about right. If your baby is nursing well, gaining weight, and has a routine feeding schedule, you can start earlier. Give baby the pacifier after their regular feedings to make sure they gets all the nourishment they needs.

The benefits of using a soother


Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows giving infants a pacifier at night helps reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “While it’s not as significant as sleeping position or avoiding blankets, some studies show that sucking on a soother does help prevent SIDS,” says Saunders. It even helps if your baby spits it out as soon as she falls asleep. The only time pacifiers should be restricted is if a child is prone to ear infections. “Sucking on a soother may make it difficult for the ear tubes to drain properly,” says Saunders.

As a new parent, comforting your baby is one of your highest priorities, and you may find a pacifier very helpful.

Also, a pacifier habit is easier to break than a thumb-sucking habit. After all, you can dispose of a binky!

Once your child is two or three years old, it’s time to phase out the soother to avoid adverse dental effects. Underlying changes to the jawbone usually don’t start until around age four, and the hard palette isn’t fused until about ages six to eight. But if you worry, you can talk with your dentist to confirm.

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Best pacifier for baby

Nookums

Best for: Babies and parents who are easily losed pacifier

Top benefits: Paci-Plushies holder compatible with most brand pacifier (Nuk. Chicco, Avent soothie) and teether

Read more: Nookums paci-plushies or Wubbanub

Nuk Breeze Orthodontic Pacifier

Best for: Babies who are easily distracted by a pacifier's handle.

Top benefits: Uniquely shaped nipple that doesn't stain

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier

Best for: Parents who are ready to start trying pacifiers and want to start with the simplest option

Top benefits: One-piece construction, high-quality material

I know how to do anything; I’m a mom.
— Roseanne Barr

Dena, toy that every parents are looking for

Dena means "everything" in the Basque language (*Basque is a member of a people living in the Basque Country of France and Spain) spoken. Dena toys are a high-quality, versatile toy that could be used in open-ended play to promote creativity and imagination. With Dena toys, everything is possible!

The options are endless in the ways Dena toys can be used as a teether, for stacking, as a sensory toy for children with special needs, at the beach and even as a baking mold.

Parents can have peace of mind that that their child, no matter the age, is playing safely and children love the freedom to play without rules of how it should be used!

We know your customers will be thrilled to find a high-quality, creative toy like Dena toys!

Read more: What can you play with Dena toys? You'll never think about it!


Dena toys are an unstructured toy that contributes to the early stimulation of babies and the development of their imagination and creativity.

Dena is a safe, fun and creative toy!!

We all know kids like to play and we like to let them play wild and free. We like simple toys that stimulate their imagination and creativity. We really like wooden toys, but one day we realized that wood doesn’t adapt well to the needs of younger children, who instinctively bite, hit or throw their toys...

Dena, teether and playmate, all in one.

Thanks to its soft material and its design, with Dena toys your baby will begin to stimulate her creativity from the first day. They will spend the day experimenting, playing and chewing safely. Dena toys are very useful for psychomotor development.

Read more: Educate your child with these 6 Montessori activities!

Dena made of platinum-based silicone, can resist temperatures between -60ºC and 220ºC. Suitable for microwave, oven, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. This toy is BPA free, PVC free, Latex free and Phthalate free.

Read more: Build learning kids by let them playing blocks

If you have interest in being dena reseller, no matter where you are, in HongKong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Japan or any other countries in Asia, send us an email and I will reply you shortly.

Hope that BabyLux can be parents’ best assistant.

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Why Nookums? Nookums world's most famous baby pacifier

Still considering about taking Nookums as one of your brand collection? Why Nookums? Why not other pacifier brand? I can tell you Nookums is definitely world’s most famous baby pacifier, if it is not the most famous one in your country yet, then it should be! And it should be become the most famous pacifier, soon.

Nookums® Paci-Plushies® was founded in in 2007, when Stacy, a mother of four pacifier-loving babies and the founder of Nookums set out on a creative business adventure to develop and manufacture the first universal plush pacifier holder with the intention that her product could be used with a wide variety of name brand infant pacifiers such as MAM™, Avent™, Nuk™, Nuby™, Soothie™, and so on. 

Most of the pacifiers brand will work perfectly with Nookums® Paci-Plushies®. Pacifiers with a button knob are a perfect fit. Pacifiers with a ring handle attach by gently stretching the Paci-Plushies Hug Ring over the pacifier handle and onto the button knob on the pacifier shield.

Pacifiers with a tab handle, such as the Soothie® Pacifier can be attached but are more easily detachable. To attach a tab handle pacifier locate the rectangular "Soothie-Slot" on the Hug Ring and insert the Soothie Tab Handle through the Soothie Slot.

Read more: Nookums paci-plushies or WubbaNub?

First universal plush pacifier holder with that could be used with a wide variety of name brand infant pacifiers.

Exhausted by constantly disappearing or misplaced pacifiers? Nookums is the solution to keep your babies pacifiers in sight and close at hand at all time. All Paci-Plushies characters are machine washable and include a Nookums brand pacifier. They're BPA and Phthalate free.

Read more: Does baby really need pacifier?

Paci-Plushies Shakies feature a soft rattle sound that stimulates and encourages self-play.

Our baby users from all over Asia, such as Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, China and Korea.

Don’t worry if your baby does not use pacifier anymore, you can replace it with teether to meet you kid’s demand. The puffy also can be used as key chain when they grow up.

Read more: Do you know how to choose a perfect teether for your baby?

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