Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foodsand Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater Paperback – Oct 5 2010
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—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
STARRED REVIEW—"Nurse Rapley and freelance writer Murkett encourage parents to forgo the usual baby puree and move straight to whole foods while continuing to breastfeed primarily after a baby is six months old. Their arguments are scientifically sound, especially when it comes to muscle development in the mouth, and they address the anticipated counterarguments, e.g., the need for iron-fortified cereal at six months. Some parents will be concerned about their lax approach to the order of allowable foods and especially their lack of concern about nuts, but allergic warnings are given where necessary. If mine were little again, I would definitely try this. As long as mom is nursing, who says baby can’t eat lamb chops?"
“The benefits are great”
“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
“I see many happy children, who chose their own food independently and eat at their own pace.”
—Stefan Kleintjes, pediatric dietitian
“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
“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)
“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.”
“[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier.”
—The Times, London
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I went on to read other books written by dieticians (such as Weaning Made Easy) to get a more complete perspective, and have now settled on a middle-of-the-road approach myself - some spoon feeding and some finger foods. Lots of variety and textures either way.
This book is helpful for introducing the main ideas of BLW - the main considerations in terms of safety and ideas for foods - but you could probably also make do without it.
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Amazing book! Wonderful for guiding parents on how to start solids with your baby.Published 4 months ago by Marija
I bought this for my daughter who has a month old. Within a few days her little one is loving the food and enjoys feeding herself.Published 6 months ago by Patricia Seguin
Essential book for attempting baby led weaning. All you need to get started.Published 7 months ago by wkd
Great book! It has helped me to better understand BLW and I'm looking forwards to trying this with my baby once she reaches 6 months old!Published 7 months ago by Brittany
Probably didn't really need to buy the book to learn about this. Love their videos on youtube even more!!Published 8 months ago by crissi
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