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Baby-Led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food [Paperback]

Gill Rapley , Tracey Murkett
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Dec 16 2008

Though many believe that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed purées, self-feeding allows babies to use their natural abilities to explore taste, texture, color and smell. It also encourages independence and confidence by allowing them to experiment with foods at their own pace. This practical guide offers parents information on how to introduce a child to solid food and hints on developing a happy and confident eater. With practical tips for getting started and the low-down on what to expect, this informed reference show why self-feeding from the start is the healthiest way for any baby to develop.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book April 2 2013
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This book gave me a lot more confidence in baby led weaning over purees. Our baby is now 9 months old and using the pincer grip like a pro to feed herself and doesn't gag on her food. I highly recommend people getting away from feeding their babies purees and going straight to solid foods.

The only complaint I have about the book is that it is very repetitive.
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We used this method with our son starting at 6 months old and it made meals really easy and wonderful for our family! We started introducing purees at 5-1/2 months, and after seeing our son not enjoy the experience, we thought we would just let him experiment with whatever we happened to be eating. I feel that aside from helping him enjoy the actual experience of eating, it also helped develop his fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination--to the point where he had the pincer grasp (with thumb and index finger) perfected well before we'd expected him to.

This is an easy to read book and a wonderful resource for parents wishing to try something other than the traditional purees. No more boiling, straining, or mushing!! Hooray!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic all around May 21 2009
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This is my first baby and I decided to give baby led weaning a try. I have had nothing but positive results. The books goes into perfect details on how to go about the process and seems to cover all possible questions in the FAQ sections. It is so lovely for all of us to sit down and eat together. Meal times are a joy for all at the table. Our baby loves to feed herself and the mess is amazingly minimal although have a dog does help on that front. I encourage anyone with a little one to purchase this book and give it a go I think you will be happy with the results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exellent achat Aug. 18 2010
By doralym
Format:Paperback
Ce livre aide beaucoup a comprendre cette façon de faire. Très intéressant a lire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Consider as a guide for new parents Dec 27 2009
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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!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby-led Solids should be the real title Nov. 14 2009
By Heidi Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept March 4 2010
By Angelika Helper - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great philosophy and practice with well written book to back it up My twins are 5 months old, and I am waiting until they are 6 months old to begin feeding them (or letting them feed themselves.) This book does get a bit repetitive, as the gist can be summed up in one chapter. I sort of wish it talked more about sample menus, ways to cook or cut food appropriately, or simply had larger charts or tables. I suppose the point is that this is a more laid back introduction to weaning, but I still like easily digested charts. Also, I'm sure I'm not the only parent who wants to combine this practice with avoiding common foods that are connected to intolerances and allergies. More information about that would be nice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for us... be careful!!! Jan. 4 2010
By Heather Deicher - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so excited about this concept, but it just didn't work for us. My son became extremely frustrated with the large chunks of food. I offered him the sizes that Rapley recommended, and let him pick up what he wanted, and it just made him cry he was so frustrated. When I tried the homemade puree, he gobbled it up! I talked to a few pediatricians about Rapley's claim that the gag reflex moves down the tongue as the baby ages and none of the Dr.'s that I consulted agreed that this was true. One pediatrician actually said, "That is totally false. When I check for a gag reflex on a new born, I touch the back of the throat." We had a few scary choking episodes. Rapley tries to assuage the readers fear of choking by calling it gagging, but it still made my heart beat too fast and tears come to my eyes. By making my own gourmet purees, my son who is now 14 months (and still breastfeeding) loves to eat all kinds of foods from duck with fennel and garlic to sushi rolls!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change Nov. 7 2013
By Ngari Boehm-Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
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I really having my instincts about the introduction of food ratified. I am looking forward to the introduction of food now, and no longer fearing it.
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