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The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat Solid Foods - and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy Paperback – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781615190492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190492
  • ASIN: 161519049X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”
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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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Customer Reviews

Skip the regular BLW book and buy this instead.
AP Mama
It's a great summary of the first book and all you need for baby-led weaning.
Kristin
My baby loves all the recipes that I cooked from this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on March 17, 2011
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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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on March 19, 2011
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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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kate W on March 27, 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By karebear304 on May 19, 2013
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I bought this book on a whim, but I realize now that I really didn't need it with all of the free baby-led weaning information online. I was also surprised at how many of the recipes are for fried food.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By LBS on March 17, 2011
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The first 5 chapters of this book is a summary of the first book Baby Led Weaning. It also includes cute photos of babies eating various foods with their hands. There is a very useful table that goes by age and skill level and describes what foods are appropriate, such as large sticks at 6 months when they are just learning to aim food towards their mouth, then moving on to peas at at 8 months when they have a refined pincer grip.
The recipes offer a lot of variety but no photos, which is why I took away 1 star. Since the authors are from England, I was not familiar with some of the foods, so it would be nice to see the presentation of Bubble & Squeak, a dish made with mashed potatoes and cabbage or Toad in the Hole, a popover stuffed with sausages. There is a good mix of classic recipes like chicken nuggets, potato salad, beef stew, and broiled fish to curries like green thai curry chicken and saag paneer (sauteed spinach with cheese/tofu) to moroccan lamb tagine (stew with tomatoes, apricots, & raisins) and risottos and pastas.
I took away another star because the recipes do not have a time estimate of how long it will take for prep and cooking. The measurements are in US cups/oz/tsp/etc. and most of the ingredients are easy to find at the local grocery.
Overall, it's a good guide for how to start Baby Led Weaning with recipes that the rest of the family will like to eat.
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