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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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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!
It has so much vital information and answers almost all of my questions I have had so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good recipes, but you can also get good recipes on Pinterest and Instagram. Helpful info on how to give babies dairy, meat, fish and salt.Published 6 days ago by MegShark83
There are a lot of good recipes in here to try for the whole family. I would definitely recommend this over the original BLW book, you basically get the same info and the recipes... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Heather
It is a very concise and useful book, especially the recipes which always inspire me when I run out of ideas. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cynthia Chan
The info in The front is helpful If you want to go the baby lead weaning approach. The recipes are ok. Read morePublished 29 days ago by AFB
This book is a great guide to starting baby led weaning. It talks about different things and also has some great recipes! I love that the receives tells your how much it serves! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Brandie P.
After much research, I decided to try BLW with my second LO. I like the cookbook. It has good recipes and provides a bit of background about BLW. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jen
Nice book , clear explanation. Baby enjoys to eat like this.Published 2 months ago by Lyn Matnangkoon