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Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food [Kindle Edition]

Gill Rapley
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Book Description

Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed purées. Self-feeding allows babies to use their natural abilities to explore taste, texture, colour and smell. It encourages independence and confidence by allowing them to experiment with foods at their own pace and helps to develop hand-eye coordination and chewing.

Baby-led Weaning is a practical and authoritative guide to introducing solid food, enabling your child to grow up a happy and confident eater. It shows parents why baby-led weaning makes sense and gives them the confidence to trust their baby's natural skills and instincts.

With practical tips for getting started and the low-down on what to expect, Baby-led Weaning explodes the myth that babies need to be spoon-fed and shows why self-feeding from the start is the healthiest way for your child to develop. Your baby is allowed to decide how much he wants to eat, how to eat it and to experiment with everything at his own pace.

Baby-led weaning is a common-sense, safe, easy and enjoyable approach to feeding your baby. No more purées and weaning spoons, and no more mealtime battles. Simply let your baby feed himself healthy family food.

Editorial Reviews


"It sounds like common sense: after all, would you want to be strapped into a high chair and force-fed spoon after spoon of bland vegetables? It's surely much more exciting to be able to exercise a bit of control over your diet" Guardian "could radically simplify infant feeding" Daily Telegraph "[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier" The Times "I see many happy children, who choose their own food independently and eat at their own pace" Stefan Kleintjes, paediatric dietitian "the benefits are great" Independent

About the Author

Gill Rapley pioneered baby-led weaning in the U.K. She has worked as a nurse for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counselor. Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1672 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS2ZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Consider as a guide for new parents December 27, 2009
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There's nothing new about Gill Rapley's ideas, besides the name, but for parents who think feeding a baby means jars and purees, it's a good read. Before commercial baby foods (and even after for most parents in most parts of the world), babies were simply offered bites off their parent's plate when they were ready to start solids. But when most of us were babies, the recommendation became to start solids at very young ages and purees were introduced (how else will you get "solid" food into a 2 week old?). Now that the recommendations have returned to more realistic expectations of when babies will be ready to eat, more and more parents are realizing that their babies don't need mush - they can eat "real" food right off the bat. If you'd like to introduce this idea to a new parent, aren't certain when or how to start feeding your baby solids, or need support for when Grandma is horrified, this is the book to buy. If you're looking for recipes for "baby" food, tables of what food to introduce at what age, or detailed lists of foods to avoid, you won't find them here. This is just a reassuring introduction to the idea of simply feeding your baby from your own healthy meals.

By the way, for American audiences, "weaning" technically begins as soon as food other than breastmilk (or formula) is introduced. If you're looking for a guide on weaning baby from the breast, you're looking at the wrong book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby-led Solids should be the real title November 14, 2009
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Great book. First off this is not a weaning off the breast book, it is an introduction to solids book.

I exclusively breastfed my daughter for 8mos and when I was ready to introduce solids, she wasn't. She was more interested in feeding herself and wouldn't let me spoon feed her. Turns out that was great for me. I spoon fed my boys at 4 and 5 mos old and it was very time consuming and I wasn't sure if they were full or fussy when they'd refuse to eat.

This book eliminates the struggle. Babies have a sensitive gag reflex and by using this book I was able to let my baby take the lead on feeding herself while not overreacting at any sound she made while eating. Also it gives a great guideline of how much and when to feed them solids that correlates with breastfeeding and formula feeding.

If your little one has issues with spoon feeding or heck even if they don't, this is a great book for beginner feeders. I wish I had this with my boys.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for us... be careful!!! January 4, 2010
By HD197
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I was so excited about this concept, but it just didn't work for us. My son became extremely frustrated with the large chunks of food. I offered him the sizes that Rapley recommended, and let him pick up what he wanted, and it just made him cry he was so frustrated. When I tried the homemade puree, he gobbled it up! I talked to a few pediatricians about Rapley's claim that the gag reflex moves down the tongue as the baby ages and none of the Dr.'s that I consulted agreed that this was true. One pediatrician actually said, "That is totally false. When I check for a gag reflex on a new born, I touch the back of the throat." We had a few scary choking episodes. Rapley tries to assuage the readers fear of choking by calling it gagging, but it still made my heart beat too fast and tears come to my eyes. By making my own gourmet purees, my son who is now 14 months (and still breastfeeding) loves to eat all kinds of foods from duck with fennel and garlic to sushi rolls!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for babies about to eat! May 6, 2010
If your baby is about 6 months old and just beginning to eat this is a must read book! My husband and I had problems feeding my daugther until she was 8 months. Turns out she just did not like being spoon fed or puree fed. It wasn't until my Doctor recommend "Baby-led Weaning" that I fully understood that the reason that she wasn't eating was because she needed to be in control. After reading this book my daughter is now eating solids better than any other 9 month old in daycare! She has amazing fine motor skills thanks to Baby-led Weaning. I will never ever try to feed any of my children solids after reading this book. This is truly the way to feed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great intro to BLW April 28, 2009
By K dawg
This is a great introduction to Baby led weaning, a way to introduce solids to infants without purees. I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about it. I do wish it had more "recipe" type ideas, but it does give many suggestions for good first foods. Also, it is written by British Authors and they don't follow some of the guidelines commonly recommended by American pediatricians, like feed only 1 new food every 3 days. However, I think it's nice to have a different perspective.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept March 4, 2010
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This is a great philosophy and practice with well written book to back it up My twins are 5 months old, and I am waiting until they are 6 months old to begin feeding them (or letting them feed themselves.) This book does get a bit repetitive, as the gist can be summed up in one chapter. I sort of wish it talked more about sample menus, ways to cook or cut food appropriately, or simply had larger charts or tables. I suppose the point is that this is a more laid back introduction to weaning, but I still like easily digested charts. Also, I'm sure I'm not the only parent who wants to combine this practice with avoiding common foods that are connected to intolerances and allergies. More information about that would be nice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This is a good basic guide for BLW. I would like for it to have some more menu planning ideas. It is also a bit repetitive at times.
Published 19 days ago by Paulo Koelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it!!
Published 1 month ago by Ignacio Vivot
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative. Really found it very interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Sunelle Engelbrecht
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for every parent
Very simple n lucid easy to understand language used by d author.. Weaning is so easy.. I am already following his method n it's really fun!!
Published 3 months ago by khushboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and educational read
I really enjoyed this book, especially reading all the personal stories from parents who have gone the BLW route and had success.
Published 3 months ago by DesireDriven
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
So informative! This is so helpful and such a good idea. This book tells you everything you need to know for led weaning.
Published 6 months ago by Vanessa Seaberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A good easy read for a busy mom on how to ...
A good easy read for a busy mom on how to introduce solids the new "old" way. This is how I imagine solids were introduced before food processors and pre-packaged baby... Read more
Published 6 months ago by petronel
5.0 out of 5 stars great book. bub is now 8 1/2 months and ...
great book. bub is now 8 1/2 months and the whole process has been wonderful to date. she loves mealtimes and so do we. she eats really healthy food willingly and independently.
Published 7 months ago by Lillias cook
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the idea (and it works)
Love the idea (and it works), but thinks the book could have been shortened a lot. There are a lot of repeats. Wish there was more concrete suggestions for food.
Published 9 months ago by Christina Reves
4.0 out of 5 stars I tried this and it just didn't work for my ...
I tried this and it just didn't work for my daughter. Every baby is different and has their own timetable perhaps. The idea behind it seems sound, though.
Published 10 months ago by Amy Semingson
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