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.
Jill Rabin, MS, CCC-SLP/L, IBCLC, lectures nationally and internationally on adapted baby-led weaning and provides early intervention services to babies and their families. She lives in Northbrook, Illinois.
Gill Rapley, PhD, is known worldwide as the pioneer of baby-led weaning and is coauthor of the category-leading book series. She lives in Kent, England.