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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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“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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161519049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190492
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,603 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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I was a little nervous about choking with BLW, so I read this book in hope to get some good new recipes. It served the first purpose to calm my mind about what and how to prepare food for our DS. However, the recipe section is meant for someone who never cooked, very basic stuff.
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My child has just turned 5 months and although we haven't started baby led weaning this book has already been extremely helpful. I was so lost in trying to figure out how to cook meals and prepare food for my baby once she is ready to start the transition and this book has helped me to figure all of that out. It is full of recipes from breakfast to desserts. I recommend any new mom looking into blw to purchase this book.

It has so much vital information and answers almost all of my questions I have had so far.
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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. The first of this book talks about BLW which I think was very helpful. Some of the recipes have been helpful but in all honesty I don't know if I have really used any of them. I mostly found great recipe ideas on Pinterest. But I love BLW and if you are a first time parent maybe you would benefit from this book. They have some great beginner recipes that you and your baby can eat. I just preferred to do research online and for that reason this book wasn't as beneficial as I would of hoped.
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