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Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby To Love Good Food Paperback – International Edition, December 16, 2008

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"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" Guardian "could radically simplify infant feeding" Daily Telegraph "[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier" The Times "I see many happy children, who choose their own food independently and eat at their own pace" Stefan Kleintjes, paediatric dietitian "the benefits are great" Independent

About the Author

Gill Rapley pioneered baby-led weaning in the U.K. She has worked as a nurse for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counselor. Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091923808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091923808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's nothing new about Gill Rapley's ideas, besides the name, but for parents who think feeding a baby means jars and purees, it's a good read. Before commercial baby foods (and even after for most parents in most parts of the world), babies were simply offered bites off their parent's plate when they were ready to start solids. But when most of us were babies, the recommendation became to start solids at very young ages and purees were introduced (how else will you get "solid" food into a 2 week old?). Now that the recommendations have returned to more realistic expectations of when babies will be ready to eat, more and more parents are realizing that their babies don't need mush - they can eat "real" food right off the bat. If you'd like to introduce this idea to a new parent, aren't certain when or how to start feeding your baby solids, or need support for when Grandma is horrified, this is the book to buy. If you're looking for recipes for "baby" food, tables of what food to introduce at what age, or detailed lists of foods to avoid, you won't find them here. This is just a reassuring introduction to the idea of simply feeding your baby from your own healthy meals.

By the way, for American audiences, "weaning" technically begins as soon as food other than breastmilk (or formula) is introduced. If you're looking for a guide on weaning baby from the breast, you're looking at the wrong book!
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Great book. First off this is not a weaning off the breast book, it is an introduction to solids book.

I exclusively breastfed my daughter for 8mos and when I was ready to introduce solids, she wasn't. She was more interested in feeding herself and wouldn't let me spoon feed her. Turns out that was great for me. I spoon fed my boys at 4 and 5 mos old and it was very time consuming and I wasn't sure if they were full or fussy when they'd refuse to eat.

This book eliminates the struggle. Babies have a sensitive gag reflex and by using this book I was able to let my baby take the lead on feeding herself while not overreacting at any sound she made while eating. Also it gives a great guideline of how much and when to feed them solids that correlates with breastfeeding and formula feeding.

If your little one has issues with spoon feeding or heck even if they don't, this is a great book for beginner feeders. I wish I had this with my boys.
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Love this book. Free yourself from expensive goops! Yes, your baby will be a mess every time they eat. But they get to learn about food--taste, texture, color, and the shape God made them in!--as they eat it for the first time, not to mention developing fine motor control with serious motivation! They don't choke, don't worry. And don't try it around nervous grandparents until you're comfortable (and baby has gotten reliably beyond the gag reflex at first!); mine still get panicky when I hand the poor kid a banana. Sometimes you need to bulk up baby and baby mush is necessary to get as much food in the belly as possible -- that's totally legit. But if you don't have any particular needs like that, this can be seriously freeing for you and for babe.
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forget jars of baby foods, and the constantly worry of "have they eaten enough?" and the endless battle of trying to scoop the food being dribbled down their chin back into their mouth for it to instantly come back out....

gone are those days!

BLW is a fun, simple way to wean your child from the correct age of 6 months. Starting with finger foods at the age of 6 months, you cut out the needless jars of processed, pureed and mashed foods. Your child will get to learn how to hold, pick up, and self-feed right from the start, s/he will get to enjoy more types of foods, more colours and more textures at their own pace!

no mess, no stress, no worries!
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I LOVE this book, and I am NOT a reader. When my son was getting close to starting solids, I sought out this concept - basically exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months, and introducing solids, as just that SOLIDS. Baby food grosses both my husband and me out, and the thought of having my food cold, and my husband long gone from the table while I sat and spooned food down my baby's throat didn't sound appealing. This book tells you why it is OK to let babies feed themselves, from the very beginning of solid foods. They have strong jaws (I mean really, have you ever had a toothless baby bite you? It HURTS!) and a sensitive gag reflex - and it goes into great detail about the difference between choking and gagging (HUGE difference). No nasty baby cereal, no jarred baby food. Save the money and waste and feed them REAL FOOD!! It's SO much easier in the long run, and you will never eat a cold meal at the table alone again. :)
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If your baby is about 6 months old and just beginning to eat this is a must read book! My husband and I had problems feeding my daugther until she was 8 months. Turns out she just did not like being spoon fed or puree fed. It wasn't until my Doctor recommend "Baby-led Weaning" that I fully understood that the reason that she wasn't eating was because she needed to be in control. After reading this book my daughter is now eating solids better than any other 9 month old in daycare! She has amazing fine motor skills thanks to Baby-led Weaning. I will never ever try to feed any of my children solids after reading this book. This is truly the way to feed!
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