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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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This engaging resource features lots of recipes to encourage baby independence during weaning and should match the popularity of the previous guide.Library Journal

About the Author

Gill Rapley, the pioneering champion of baby-led weaning, worked as a public health nurse for over twenty years and has also been a midwife, lactation consultant, and voluntary breastfeeding counselor. She is currently pursuing a PhD in infant feeding.

Tracey Murkett is a voluntary mother-to-mother breastfeeding helper and coauthor with Gill Rapley of Baby-Led Weaning and The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Revised edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190300
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was already well into the BLW process when we bought this book, but as an avid BLW evangelist, I had to have it anyway, for the lending library, at the very least.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are considering purchasing the original baby-led weaning book, don't. After reading it, I told people it was useful but too long - it could be condensed into a pamphlet. Well, the beginning of this book is just that. It's a great summary of the first book and all you need for baby-led weaning.

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.
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After borrowing the original "Baby Led Weaning" book and the previous edition of the cookbook from the library, I can confidently say that this cookbook is better and more useful than the BLW book. The first 40 pages of the cookbook cover thoroughly why baby led weaning is a good idea and basic tips. Really, any more than that (as in the BLW book) gets repetitive and dull. Then this cookbook has over 100 pages of recipes.

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!
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By Meg on March 17, 2013
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I was looking for ideas for my 7 month old who would have nothing to do with baby food. After 3 months of trying to force feed him baby food I had basically decided I needed to try table foods, but was not sure how to go about it. He didn't have the fine motor skills for feeding himself bite-size pieces of food and I was worried about him choking, so this book was a great resource for me getting started. Some reviewers have said you could get all this information on the internet or that it's common sense, but for me having a thorough set of guidelines all in one place has been extremely helpful (I started with the internet and didn't find all the information I was looking for). I also took the advice of many reviewers who advised this over the original book, bc it opens with several chapters that give you all the informaion you need regarding "baby led weaning" and I agree. I actually haven't even used the recipes yet bc with the ideas in the first chapters I've been able to modify our family meals to suit my baby without needing any new recipes, but I read through them and plan on using some of them when I find the time! There's a lot of helpful information including healthy guidelines for babies (like they need as little salt as possible bc their kidneys aren't developed), preparing food to suit their developing fine motor skills at different stages, how babies learn to chew and swallow (including the difference between choking and gagging), and what to expect (a lot of playing and exploring food with their mouth with a gradual move toward more actual eating), etc.Read more ›
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