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Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods-and Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater Paperback – October 5, 2010
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I’ve been telling mothers for years that when babies start grabbing food from the table, they are ready for solids. I had the pleasure of observing this with my own children. What I love about this book is the joy and zest the authors put into parenting, their commonsense approach, and their faith that babies will do the right things for themselves when the time is right. Baby-led weaning is easy, and it makes parenting fun!”
Nikki Lee RN, MS, IBCLC
Gill Rapley’s work is amazing and makes so much sense. I recommend this groundbreaking book to every new mother I know. Read it. It will forever change the way you think about feeding your baby.”
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and coauthor of Breastfeeding Made Simple
The benefits are great”
[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier.”
It sounds like common sense: after all, would you want to be strapped into a high chair and force-fed spoon after spoon of bland vegetables? It's surely much more exciting to be able to exercise a bit of control over your diet.”
I see many happy children, who chose their own food independently and eat at their own pace.”
Stefan Kleintjes, pediatric dietitian
Sharing food with Mirah has turned out to be one of the great joys of parenting. Watching her respond to the pleasures of ripe tomatoes, curried rice noodles, and all kinds of meats and vegetables has made mealtime a much more enjoyable experience for all three of us. We can tell she is learning through all of her senses about how various substances respond to being crumbled or dropped or mushed. She seems to really like that she is eating the same foods as we are, and since we are generally sharing the same meal, I am more likely to make us all something healthy.”
Aimee Pohl, Babble.com
It’s been wonderful, and very funny, watching her discover food, her great concentration in navigating new textures and exploring new tastes One of our favourite things about BLW is its emphasis on families eating together.”
Nicola Kent, The Guardian
You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don't they won't That's the essence of Baby Led Weaning. No purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no potato masher . . . just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy with you and your family . . . My baby is nearly seven months old and . . . ADORED feeding herself while her parents ate their own meals. I can't even begin to tell you how pleasant it is to eat in a restaurant with your Baby Led Weaning child chomping on a piece of bread and butter or a chunk of cucumber from your salad beside you.”
Aitch, founder of Babyledweaning.com
The thing I really love about baby led weaning is that my son can actively participate in family meals . . . I love that I don’t have to cook 2 different meals, I simply have to adjust our family meal to ensure it’s suitable for him . . . We’re having a blast watching our little men truly learn to enjoy and appreciate food in all of its glory. And it’s SO much easier than purees!”
As a child psychiatrist, I have worked on a team for children with feeding difficulties One of the main things I would recommend to these families is giving the child control, and allowing them to have small successes to build on rather than pushing food on them and ending up in a battle . . . I believe strongly in baby led play (again, something I would teach at work) and baby led routines rather than routines being forced on babies to suit parents’ lifestyles (as suggested by at least one popular parenting book). So this intuitively makes sense to me.”
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (psychiatristparent.wordpress.com)
About the Author
Gill Rapley, a public health nurse for 20 years and the mother of three, originated the theory of baby-led weaning while pursuing her master’s degree. Tracey Murkett, a freelance writer and journalist, followed baby-led weaning with her daughter.
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Once I got my hands on the BLW Cookbook, I was really upset about the amount of time I wasted reading this book.
Do yourself a favor and skip to the Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook.
The ENTIRE Baby-Led Weaning book is summarized in the first chapter of the cookbook.
A friend mentioned this book and I immediately purchased it and read it cover to cover on my long daily commute. It just made so much sense. Kids can eat what we eat. Duh. Although we did feed our daughter some homemade purees (mostly because they were easily transportable snacks for daycare), I never worried about much else. We gave her what we ate from day 1 and not in a pureed form. I did make sure things were in slightly smaller pieces than recommended in the book (for instance, I wouldn't just throw a whole veggie burger on her high chair tray, I'd break it up into pieces easy to pick up), but ultimately, we let our daughter figure food out for herself.
By 8 months old, she was using a fork, eating whole foods and would devour anything we'd give her. She couldn't roll over or sit up without assistance (that's a whole other story), but she could use a fork and devour a sandwich. I never had to prepare her different dinners or meals, we never had to spend a ton of money on baby food and we were extremely comfortable with the food she was eating because we were eating the same things. And now at 2.5 years old, she has an incredibly expansive palate. I don't know if it was because we used this method or because our daughter may've just been predisposed to be an amazing eater, but she loves any and all food. I mean, this kid eats salad almost every night. One of her favorite meals is curried lentils with poached eggs.
There are few things about parenting that I feel confident about, but this is definitely one of them. If you are at all overwhelmed with all the food rules of today, maybe give this a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised at how easy and how fun feeding your baby can be!
At first, the gagging is a bit scary but once you read and understand that babies gag reflex is different and how BLW is a safe and natural way to explore foods, you come to find out that gagging is a wonderful safety mechanics that their body already knows and then teaches their brain how they should handle food in their mouth. It's a phase our baby got over very quickly and learned how to chew and move food in her mouth without gagging.
I think the best part of this book was it took a lot of the worries out. Most if not all of her nutritan comes from milk and food is just for fun. Let her explore, taste, play, and eat with the family and quite stressing about "filling her tummy" full of purees.
The only thing I didn't care about the book was at times it seemed very repetitive and a bit long to understand blw. Like honestly, I probably could have just read some blogs instead of buying the whole book.