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The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010

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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 (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chapman on 4 Dec. 2012
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I bought this book as I wasn't sure what would be the best foods to feed my baby once she started weaning after getting conflicted advice from HV etc. I bought this book due to my daughter wanting to feed herself rather than be spoon fed (she is very independent!) and based on reviews I got this one. It is a really useful book starting off introducing baby led weaning and foods to avoid or buy more of leading onto the recipes. The recipes are simple and straight forward and really helped me to form a foundation of what I could give my little girl to work up from. The recipes are quick to make and tasty (so far!). The best bit is that the majority can be batch made and frozen for later use which is really going to be useful when I go back to work.

The reason for 4 stars not 5 is that it could do with having more recipes in it, for example there are really only about 2 breakfast recipes with the rest being yoghurt with fruit or toast etc. which you don't really need recipes for.

Great book for a starting point at weaning but you will use up all the recipes quickly
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Victoria M on 1 Feb. 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emma on 31 Dec. 2014
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Some good ones in here: we do the drop scones often for breakfast, and the dahl... others (eg the tuna croquettes) need a bit of tweaking otherwise rather dry... Functional feeling book - not exactly a joy to delve into, but gives you ideas at least. Someone has since told me about a website called Little Grazers, which I tend to find more appealing.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S R on 8 May 2015
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I love this book! BLW came as a revelation to me - I was not geared up for all the puréeing that I thought weaning would involve and the logic that this school of thought offers made sense to me. That said, I'm not the best cook and this book was perfect for me.

After a brief summary about BLW, and reassurance about what can and can't be eaten, the recipes are laid out according to food type (meat, poultry, soups, etc). They are varied, include more adventurous (read: flavoured/spiced) recipes and yet are simple to follow, requiring readily available ingredients and little preparation time (essential when baby's hanging on your legs!). There are some homely classics in there, as well as some more unusual meals, all baby friendly and healthy. The portions are generally for 2 adults & baby so no need to calculate smaller portions.

So far, six weeks in, baby has enjoyed everything I've cooked. It's the only cookbook I'll need for a long time!
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