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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 (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349 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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62 of 68 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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45 of 53 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ilovethatbag on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I started out with the Annabel Karmel books at 6 months and was progressing along, although never quite knowing if I was making the food too lumpy, too smooth etc and spent ages making up batches of food. Then it was all thrown in the air when my Health Visitor said we should be sitting down with our baby once a day and for her to eat what we're eating. It added an extra stress as I now had to try and coordinate dinner ready for when my husband came home for us to eat early with my daughter at 5.30pm whilst also trying to look after her at the same time, and I never really knew how to approach it, what to make that we could all eat etc. My baby then started to refuse foods she used to eat. Then along came this book. As soon as I started reading it it gave me so much confidence and to have more belief in what my daughter is capable of. It contains lots of practical tips about what shape to cut food, whether to leave skins on etc, what texture they're able to manage and pick up at different developmental stages. It then breaks down recipes into categories of breakfast (which I was always struggled with since my baby refused porridge and fruit, but would eat toast and fromage frais), light lunches, and then meat/fish/veg dishes etc. Since using this book, I feel more confident, relaxed and as a result a happier mummy! The recipes are the kind of things we would eat anyway, so you don't need lots of different ingredients. And they're not bland recipes, they use spices and herbs which the AK books are a bit more cautious on, and they're really tasty too. In the two weeks since I've had this book my daughter has come on leaps and bounds and mealtimes are no longer a battleground. And the best part of it all is that my daughter is loving it!Read more ›
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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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