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Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food Paperback – International Edition, December 16, 2008

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"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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091923808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091923808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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We started BLW about a month ago and I'm so glad I tried it. Purees and "babyfood" is such a part of what I considered conventional wisdom about parenting that I was hesitant, even after reading this book. However, what the book was saying made a lot of sense, so I took a leap of faith and decided to give it a try before attempting spoon feeding...a few weeks later we decided that spoon feeding would not be necessary. My son is loving exploring foods and is developing a healthy appetite - so far he loves broccoli, tomatoes, avocado and squash. It's also nice that I can adapt any meal we're having so that he eats what we're eating - it makes planning his meals much easier. I recommend this book - read it and then give it a try! You will be shocked by how much your baby innately knows about food. But be patient, for the first week or two your baby may not actually swallow anyfood - but he will eventually.
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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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