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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091935288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091935283
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gill Rapley worked as a health visitor for 20 years; she has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counsellor. She pioneered baby-led weaning as a successful approach to solid feeding after studying it as part of her MSc. She has also produced a series of DVDs on the subject. She lectures widely to health professionals and parents and continues to research the introduction of solid foods for babies.

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"[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 dietician)

"the benefits are great" (Independent)

"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)

"[Baby-led weaning] could radically simplify infant feeding" (Telegraph)

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An illustrated cookbook full of simple and delicious baby-led weaning recipes to share with the whole family, from the authors of Baby-led Weaning

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Victoria M on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on recommendation as I am planning to try baby-led weaning with my baby. I know the idea is that the baby can join in with suitably adapted family meals but I was looking for inspiration on the kind of things that could work and I think this book provides it. My baby isn't eating yet but the recipes look good and I have tried the Spanish apple cake (made with olive oil rather than butter) which looked a bit strange when I made it but is actually very tasty!

Edited later: I have now made a number of meals from this cookbook and while I still agree that the ideas and inspiration are good I have found that some of the recipes don't 'work' very well and I wonder if they haven't been as thoroughly tested as recipes from other cookbooks I own. I would still buy the book but trial the recipes before making for your baby and/or use as inspiration to adapt recipes from other sources. I have lowered my rating from 4 stars to 3 stars as a consequence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I started using this book when my daughter was about 9 months old. It was just the right time as we both got very frustrated with purees and mealtimes started to be really stressful. I love cooking and prepare almost everything from scratch but was lacking confidence to offer her more complex food and flavours. This collection of recipes and helpful little tricks and twists on how to offer food to little people turned everything around and we now have very joyful and relaxed mealtimes. I never ever thought she would love curries and other spicy food but she really does!
In the meantime I started back at work and the book became even more important, the recipes are easy and straight forward and really quick and simple to prepare. It`s all good everyday food and I just pick a list of meals from the book on the weekend, do the shopping and the cooking gets done after work in the evenings. Brilliant, it safes me a lot of time and headache looking up ideas from different sources and the food tastes really good!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By inspectorgoole on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Some baby-led weaning books I've got from the library are very pushy and try and tell you that buying baby food in jars is a sin, and generally make mums who go out to work feel like failures before we even start. This one gives advice, but it's really easy to make recipes that can be used for mum and dad's dinner as well as baby's. All of the recipes seem really tasty and there is a nice range. If you aren't really into that baby-led weaning thing right from the word go, then you can just blitz the recipes up in a blender and it's a healthy way of getting baby to eat things that are easy for you to deal with.

The only fault I would say is that it says you can make batches of the recipes, but then doesn't give you tips on whether the specific recipe is suitable to freeze like the Annabel Karmel books do. Depends what you're looking for, but I recommend a copy of this and a copy of Annabel Karmel's baby and toddler book and you won't need anything else.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Juliette on 13 Nov. 2011
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I'm a big fan of baby-led weaning but was a bit disappointed with the recipes in this book. They tended to be 'ok' rather than 'good' and there were some recipes that were definite misses. I ended up using the book for inspiration of the sort of thing that might work with a baby and finding better recipes for similar things elsewhere rather than using the recipes themselves. However if you are doing baby-led weaning I think the book is worth getting for the ideas alone anyway. If you are after good recipes to use for baby led weaning, I'd recommend the River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook instead (and dare I say it some of the Annabel Karmel books!).

I think the book could have been better organised for the early stages of baby-led weaning when your baby will have problems holding or chewing lots of things. I found it quite hard in the early days to find recipes which would be manageable. I think it'd have been nice if there had been a special section with ideas for the first two or three months, because after that your baby can eat pretty much anything anyway and you only really need recipes that don't have too much salt, any inappropriate ingredients etc. I'd also have liked a list somewhere of the recipes in the book that are really quick to make for when you are in a rush. It'd also have been nice to see an example menu plan for a week - I know the idea of baby led weaning is that it is meant to be flexible but my sleep-deprived brain could have done with a bit more hand-holding (and I had a baby who ate with gusto right from the word go so didn't feel I could just fob him off with a few rice cakes or steamed veg!). I felt like this book, although useful, was a bit of a missed opportunity.

I should add that one nice thing about the book is that his has a nice fairly concise explanation of baby led weaning. I had read the Baby Led Weaning book so didn't really need that, but it was useful for my husband who I don't think would have read the main book.
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By Joey VINE VOICE on 31 July 2012
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I wanted to follow BLW but after being convinced it was a bad idea, I purchased the Annabel Karmel book and gave my son some purees for about three weeks. During this time I noticed my son was grabbing the spoon and helping me get it to his mouth. I thought if he could do that he was more than capable of guiding chunks of food to his own mouth and as such, got this book. Well, how my life has changed! I am not steaming then blending for a couple of hours, I am simply making food for the whole family. The recipes are easy enough and is even broadening my own taste horizons (I hate fish).

In the throws of my new love for BLW, I recently purchased the River Cottage book for babies and toddlers. Having looked at the recipes, a lot of them contain sugar so I don't think I will be making a lot from it for a while. The BLW Cookbook offers food that can be eaten by babies when starting weaning and then has tips either alongside the recipe of throughout the book of modifications you can make.

All in all, it beats the others I have tried, although I am not knocking pureeing. I gave my son a piece of salmon to try and he spat it out immediately with a look of disgust on his face. The next day I crumbled it into a puree I had and he ate the lot, then the following day tried him with a chunk and again he ate it again!

This is the only dedicated BLW book I have and have been going for about three weeks and we still have stuff to try. It is value for money and comprehensive if you are thinking of BLW your child.
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