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The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Easy, Nutritious Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat (and Love!) a Variety of Solid Foods - and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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I wish I could take my original BLW book back and get just this one instead. The first several chapters are, in essence, a re-hashing of the original BLW book, but explained in a much simpler way, laid out more nicely, and with visual aids (charts, graphs, and -- of course -- completely adorable pictures of babies). It does offer some nice bullet-pointed lists absent from the original book that are tremendously useful -- things like "What to Expect," "Keeping Mealtimes Safe," "Common Allergens," and the like, as well as charts of relevant feeding skills by age. Also, this book offers nice long lists of actual suggestions of a variety of first and second foods, which the original book did not.
Truthfully, it just looks nicer and reads more easily than the original book.
As for the recipe section, I think it's quite useful. I'm a fairly good cook and menu planner, and part of the point of going the BLW route was so that the baby could quickly transition to eating basically what we (the adults) were eating. However, I know that I found myself befuddled after having the baby in how to suddenly cook as a Mom. In the old days, I could spend all afternoon preparing complex and leisurely meals... the transition to quick, one-pot cookery was not a graceful (or particularly tasty) one for me, and trying to develop meals based on how quickly I could eat them with only one free hand was tricky, to say the least. It took me several months to really find my rhythm in the kitchen again, and I suspect this cookbook might've helped.Read more ›
I was at first disappointed in the recipes. For breakfast, they have recipes for oatmeal and french toast. Do those really require recipes? But as I read more, I was pleased to see so many different cultures represented. So far we've tried the oatmeal fingers (equal parts milk or water with oats, microwaved, and cut into spears), the bubble and squeak (for St. Patty's Day), and the Japanese Rice Balls (stuffed with cucumber and avocado).
As a vegetarian, I wish it had more veggie friendly main dishes, but there is a small section. I also have some concerns about some of the ingredients like soy, milk, and eggs. These are all foods I have read in other resources to avoid, but they're used over and over in these recipes. I have chosen to wait on these foods for my little guy, so will also have to wait on many of the recipes.
Overall a good book that gave me many ideas for what to cook that we can all enjoy.
I like the recipes. The authors are British, and the recipes reflect a broad variety of tastes. Tonight we had "Fish Cakes" (pg 111) for dinner, which my husband declared to be surprisingly good for coming from a baby cookbook. My eight month old had a blast. I like that the recipes are written for "1 adult and 1 baby" or "2 adults and 1 baby" to be convenient for small families. I'm sure larger families could just double the recipes. The book is also pleasingly designed overall, but it would have been nice to have pictures of the food.
Just so you know, I'm not a baby led weaning die hard. My daughter eats jarred baby food at daycare, but we are trying baby led weaning at home for dinners and weekends. This book has helped me have more confidence about what and how I feed my daughter. I highly recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! Thought It would be worth it but I'm new to BLW. This helped both my husband and I understand BLW even better with the other book that goes along with it.Published 1 day ago by Diana
In my opinion this is not necessary. As a first time mom I was very scared about BLW (baby-led weaning. It seems crazy to me and it really scared me. Read morePublished 10 days ago by ERyser
Wonderful and informative book! My only picky thing about it is that my book has weird blue smears sweeping across the front cover and the back cover. Just being picky though. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
It seems to repeat info a lot. I felt like I kept reading the same thing over and over until the recipes started. I haven't made any of the recipes yet either but they sound good.Published 26 days ago by Lu
Some of the best and concise literature on the BLW approach. I love that it has recipees that make enough food for 2 adults and 1 baby, so parents and children can share the same... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie Cranor
My child has just turned 5 months and although we haven't started baby led weaning this book has already been extremely helpful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Casidy Landry
I ended up returning this. While the book had some useful info at the beginning on what to start feeding your baby and when, I found just about all the recipes to be things I would... Read morePublished 1 month ago by amoses8710
So helpful with starting baby led weaning. Provides great ideas for healthy first time meals. We love it and recommend it all of our friends with babies.Published 2 months ago by Kymberli Z