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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091923808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091923808
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
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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)

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Everything you need to know about baby-led weaning - the latest buzz in parenting circles - from leading health visitor Gill Rapley

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608 of 620 people found the following review helpful By UK reviewer on 19 Jan 2010
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This book offers a refreshing alternative to traditional weaning in "stages" with purees then lumps etc. Especially now the official advice is not to wean before 6 months, it is possible to introduce your baby to a range of solids from the start with all the associated benefits.
However, the book is very critical of other approaches and in my opinion tries to oversell the idea. Many traditionally weaned babies are not force fed spoonfuls of pureed vegetables and are offered plenty of finger foods. It also oversells the practicalities of your baby eating the same meals as the rest of the family. Avoiding too much salt means mostly cooking from scratch and so freshly cooking 2-3 meals a day for the family as well as for the baby is no small task and limits the choices for family meals. In addition, sensible times for the baby to eat are often not so sensible for the rest of the family - for example if the baby goes to bed at 7pm and dad gets home from work at 6:30, finding a slot to eat together isn't so easy.
In addition, the book repeats often how safe it is and how it is rare for a baby to choke if they can get food into their mouth themselves and is sitting up properly. However, there doesn't seem to be any scientific research to back up this theory, the book is based on a very small study.
Having said that, we have used many of the ideas from the book and have taken a kind of hybrid approach. We started on mostly soft finger foods rather than purees, such as roast sweet potato, well boiled veg and soft fruits. We eat together when we can and the Sunday roast is a great meal we have shared from very early on in weaning. When she has food that is best from a spoon, we preload the spoon and let her hold it - either on her own or with some support.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Miss S P Gregory on 3 Mar 2013
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This book does spend a lot of time telling you how other types of baby feeding are not good. I bought this hoping to learn how I could introduce BLW alongside purees but was very disappointed with the book. If you are of the mindset that BLW is the only way and all other ways are bad then this is for you. If not then you might as well save you money and just research on the Internet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N. J. Yeo on 25 Aug 2009
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I breastfed my son from day one and as I got to 6 months was concerned about weaning, as it seemed that the oly option available was to puree food and swap to formula, which I didn't want to do. I spoke to my health visitor and she recommended baby led weaning. Bought this book and we were away. He loves his food, will eat anything and is a joy to have at the dinner table. It has also forced the whole family to rethink the way we eat and the types of food we eat.

As well as being enjoyable, it has given my son the chance to make choices and be in control of his eating rather than being force fed. I really feel that this is the way forward for weaning. I often get comments from the older generation when we are out who think it is marvellous to see my son eating a sandwich, and they say that is how they weaned their children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Landgirl on 4 Jun 2009
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I bought this book just three weeks ago and the baby led approach to weaning has taken my six month old daughter from her first taste of food to an extremely enthusiastic eater. On being presented with her first platter of finger food my daughter tried everything offered. Within a week she had learnt to chew and swallow. Three weeks later she's eaten a huge range of fruit, veg, cheese, bread, rice cakes, pasta, meat etc. I feel extremely confident that my daughter is having a wide range of nutrients and she clearly enjoys eating and it is thanks to this book. Weaning (so far) has been a breeze and it's an extremely pleasurable experience watching your baby feed herself.

If I have any criticisms of the book I do think it exaggerates the 'evils' of spoon feeding but if it's something you want to do you'll overlook this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By wiz_frog on 18 Feb 2014
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I have read a few baby-related books since having my first child but although most share its "I know best" tone, this is the first one I actually wanted to throw across the room. So smug and irritating, I couldn't bear it! And do you need an entire book to tell you to try to give your baby something more interesting than purees? NO. Look up info online, there's plenty you can find without needing to spend money on this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bush on 28 Dec 2009
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I found this book by chance whilst ordering food trays as I was preparing to puree my baby's first foods.

Our daughter is just over 6 months and I started weaning her 3 weeks ago after reading the book.

The book is very comprehensive in that it explains the principles behind BLW and the history of the "traditional puree oriented weaning" which enabled us to make an informed decision. BLW is a extremely flexible and can be tailored to the baby's needs.

Our daughter loves eating we started her with vegetables; broccoli, carrots, peppers. It was amazing to see that she was able to feed herself. She looked at the Broccoli picked it up and put it in her mouth, at first the majority of the food she was given appeared to fall out of her mouth to our surprise we found bits of broccoli in her nappy...

Since then, she has eaten, avocado, toast, bread sticks, cheese, kiwi fruit, garlic bread, aubergine, bananas, apples, tomatoes, parsnips, broccoli, carrots, strawberry, pears, pineapple, orange, pizza, pasta with tomato and basil sauce.
All of these and the blender in collecting dust at the back of my cupboard

We are extremely pleased with the progress she has made in these short 3 weeks, her hand eye coordination is amazing, she really enjoys her meal times which she shares with us.

Just be prepared for odd looks and well intentioned advise from parents and others who are not aware of BLW and who worry about your baby not having enough food or chocking, read the book and all this concerns will be erased by the clear explanations within the book.
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