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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 – Oct 5 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Reprint edition (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161519021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190218
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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?"
Library Journal

“The benefits are great”
Independent

“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.”
The Guardian

“[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier.”
The Times, London

About the Author

Gill Rapley, the pioneering champion of baby-led weaning, worked as a public health nurse for over twenty years and has also been a midwife, lactation consultant, and voluntary breastfeeding counselor. She is currently pursuing a PhD in infant feeding.


Tracey Murkett is a voluntary mother-to-mother breastfeeding helper and coauthor with Gill Rapley of Baby-Led Weaning and The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook.


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If you are interested in the method but a bit concerned at the same time I would recommend reading this book first! It will give you piece of mind that you are doing the right thing, giving the right food to your child and knowing how to do it correctly! We did blw with my daughter from 6 months and it went very smoothly thanks to this book
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I eagerly read this book to help me get going on baby-led weaning, but was quickly put off by the endless undocumented claims throughout the book. The authors credit BLW with everything from reducing obesity to ensuring non-picky eaters, based almost entirely on anecdotes. The only actual study they mention was done in the 70's. The plural of anecdotes is not data, unfortunately.

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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I'm really enjoying this book. It does a good job of addressing all of the fears parents may have about feeding their children whole foods at 6 months instead of the traditional puréed spoon-feeding method. It talks about the natural worry of choking, not getting enough nourishment, allergies etc. And explains the logic behind blw really well so you can explain and defend it well to others when they challenge you on it. The only thing I don't love is that it's not properly objective. In the end people have been spoon feeding and puréeing food for years and the world isn't full of obsese and fussy eaters alone. So some recognition should be given to this form as well.
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I really enjoyed this book. As an Occupational Therapist working with children with feeding difficulties this is a perfect resource for many children with picky eating. I wish all parents introduced their children to eating this way. It's a natural, sequential introduction to tastes, smells and textures of foods in a manner that your baby can tolerate - at their own pace!! This is exactly what I do as a feeding therapist with kids who have to back up and learn to eat who have eating issues! Cudos Gill Rapley - you're right on the mark with this.
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Love this book. Seems so natural and my baby loves having control over his food. I think this approach really respects the baby and makes you think twice about how babies feel when being spoon fed. Who would want food shoved it your mouth especially when you are enjoying learning this new skill!
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This book is great, and so is baby-led weaning. The book explains it well and gives great ideas for first foods. My son is 8 months old and we've had great fun with food - no fights, no worries, and he's enjoying every bite. Eating out with him is a breeze. I love baby-led weaning!
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Probably didn't really need to buy the book to learn about this. Love their videos on youtube even more!!
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I think this book is great and BLW is fantastic. However, I do find the book a bit repetitive. BLW is a fairly basic concept; so if you want more bang for your buck, go with the cookbook. The cookbook does a great job at explaining BLW, it's a much quicker read and it has loads of recipes. Have fun exploring food! :)
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