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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.
I was hesitant about introducing my child to table foods because I was over the top afraid of her choking. This book relieved a lot of my fears, and helped me find foods that were suitable for her and for us to enjoy. I had done some googling prior to purchasing this book, but was finding contradicting information that just made me more nervous.
The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook has over 100 recipes, so you're sure to find at least a few that your family will enjoy. Some of them are very basic (French toast, scrambled eggs) but as someone who was being extremely neurotic, it helps to be reminded of these easy foods that baby can eat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by J
Nice book , clear explanation. Baby enjoys to eat like this.Published 1 month ago by Lyn Matnangkoon
Should have just googled recipes... nothing outstanding in this book.Published 1 month ago by Britta
Arrived in perfect condition. Right on time. The book has a lot of information and has been very useful.Published 1 month ago by Shelby
I ordered this book to learn about baby-led weaning for my daughter.It is a very nice book great quality and is very informational. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tiffany Ratterree
Great one! Not only for those who want to try some hard-core baby-led weaning but for all who want to cook delicious meals that _all_ of the family can enjoy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julia Romanowska
Great intro to BLW, and the recipes sound yummy even to me and my husband. Nice variety in types of foods and cuisine styles. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Lucas
This book is very educational about Baby Led Weaning, and has lots of recipes to help you out.Published 3 months ago by Hunter Goodsett