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Weaning Made Easy: All you need to know about spoon feeding and baby-led weaning - get the best of both worlds [Paperback]

Rana Conway
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21 Oct 2011
Baby-led or traditional puree weaning?

Should you wean by spoon-feeding or rely on baby-led weaning?

Weaning your baby can be a daunting prospect, and the advice you’ll receive is often confusing and contradictory. Should you follow the traditional method of introducing pureed food, or should you bypass purees altogether and try baby-led weaning with sticks of carrot? What is best for your baby?

With over 18 years as a nutritionist, Dr Rana Conway is here to guide you through this sticky (and messy) subject.  With established weaning methods clearly explained including spoon-fed and baby-led weaning, Weaning Made Easy brings you a practical, realistic and down-to-earth approach to weaning, to give you methods that really work.

Weaning Made Easy uses the best of each method, to bring you the most practical and useful weaning advice available. With mealplans and recipes for each stage, she takes you through your baby’s weaning development – from what foods to try (and avoid) in the first six months to moving your baby onto family meals and solid food.

Dr Rana answers all your questions:
• When should I start to wean my baby?
• Is there a risk of overfeeding my baby if I use traditional weaning?
• Is my baby likely to miss out on important nutrients if I use baby-led weaning?
• What do I do if my child keeps throwing up his food?
• My child keeps choking – should I stop trying baby-led weaning?

Weaning Made Easy supports you throughout the whole weaning process, and includes honest, reassuring accounts of other mums’ weaning experiences with their babies or toddlers. It will give you the confidence to get through the journey from purees and milk to solid food.

This is your complete handbook to Weaning. Made easy.

Also available; the accompanying recipe book Weaning Made Easy Recipes.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: White Ladder Press (21 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905410697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905410699
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rana Conway is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and a member of the Nutrition Society. Over the past 20 years, she has established herself as an expert in nutrition for pregnancy and childhood. She has carried out nutrition research at leading universities, and gained a PhD in 1997 for her work with pregnant women.

Rana has lectured on a wide range of undergraduate courses and taught nutrition to medical students, midwives and trainee dieticians. As well as writing books and research papers, Rana is the nutrition expert for Practical Parenting magazine, and a contributor for the NCT.

She lives in London with her husband and their three children.

I'm really pleased that 'What to eat when you're pregnant and vegetarian' has just been published. I started working with vegetarian women nearly 20 years ago, researching what they were eating and how it affected their health during pregnancy and the health of their baby. Vegetarian women know they can provide their baby with everything that's needed without eating meat and I hope this book gives them the confidence to feel sure they have any potential problem areas covered.

I'm now working on a new weaning recipe book and am busy trying out new dishes. Some very kind mums, dads and babies are also acting as recipe testers. If you'd like to help too it would be great to hear from you.


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Review

"Many books favour one option or the other, so here is the opportunity for both schools of thought to be considered in one unbiased place." - Parents in Touch

From the Back Cover

What's better - spoon feeding or baby-led weaning?

How can I decide what's best for my baby?

When should I start weaning my child?

Weaning your baby can be wonderful. It can also be stressful, with several different approaches to choose from. Weaning Made Easy is the only balanced guide that weighs up the good and bad points of the traditional and baby-led methods so you can choose what's right for your baby - and get the best of both worlds!

With over 18 years' experience as a nutritionist, Dr Rana Conway is here to guide you through this sticky (and messy!) subject, with expert advice on all your weaning worries.

Weaning Made Easy includes:

Lists of foods to try (and avoid) in the first 12 months

5-day meals plans and recipes for each stage

Recipies for purees, finger foods and family meals

Tips and advice from other parents about what worked for them

With Weaning Made Easy on your kitchen table, the journey from milk to soli food wil be...EASY!


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171 of 171 people found the following review helpful
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If you are looking for a weaning book that is written by a self-styled celebrity cook, which strongly pushes a particular weaning method and disregards all others, and focuses on weird combinations of food that the rest of the family would not dream of eating..... then this book is NOT for you!!!

I cannot rate this book highly enough. I was looking for a book about weaning that explained traditional (puree-based) and baby-led weaning so that I could choose the best way to wean my first child (now seven months). This book starts off by explaining both methods, the research behind them and the pros and cons of each (for example, that research clearly shows that using BLW alone can cause nutritional deficiencies or that puree-based weaning alone can lead to a lack of independence at meal times). It goes on to suggest how the two methods can be successfully combined in order to overcome the disadvantages of each method. The book is written by a qualified nutritionist with over 18 years of experience, who has established herself as an expert in nutrition for pregnancy and childhood, and has carried out nutrition research at leading universities. She also has three children. It's your choice, but I felt much more comfortable following advice from someone with these credentials, who backs up all her suggestions with proof from controlled scientific studies, rather than someone like Annabel Karmel who is a bit of a celebrity but has no actual nutrition qualifications as far as I can find out. Also, this book has only just been published and so the research quoted is recent and relevant.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its kind 11 Jan 2012
By Mr Gumby TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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We'd rate this book as probably the best of its kind, having looked closely at many. We found it comprehensive and felt it inspired confidence that the author really knew her subject. It is eminently readable, with chapters for different age ranges, and advice offered is sensible and practical. Rather than being prescriptive, the book offers guidance to help readers come to their own conclusions on the approach that's right for them. Recipes incorporate a wide range of foods and flavours, making it easy to offer a balanced diet. The section dealing with problems such as fussy eating and allergies will be invaluable to many.

This is a first-rate book that we are delighted to own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 29 Dec 2012
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Does what it says weaning made easy covers from babies to toddlers . Some great recipes . It covers pureed food and baby led weaning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Seren Ade HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The baby-led weaning vs spoon feeding debate is dealt with here in a really well-written, balanced account that favours an inclusive rather than either/or approach. Conway's accessible book evaluates both approaches in terms of dietary impact, but also looks at developmental and social factors. For instance, the practical effect of having a child who is used to BOTH finger food and purees is that your child is happy to eat a proper, cooked meal at home - but will happily eat a sandwich when you're out (more manageable than having to worry about heating up a casserole!).

Although there is a lot of information, it is presented in a very readable format that includes a variety of practical tips and recipes. I received my first copy as a review item, but have willingly paid for copies since.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flexible approach 21 Mar 2012
By Dave VINE VOICE
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My daughter works with new parents and midwives and this is her review.

I was pleased to find a book that doesn't take the approach that new parents need to be told what to do . They may be anxious about new phases they encounter, but in my experience telling most new parents what to do with their baby from an 'expert' standpoint is a waste of time.

This book addresses some of the concerns that feed a parents anxiety about the right time to introduce solids into their baby's diet and what on earth they might give them.

It clears up some of the mystery that surrounds 'baby led weaning' and helps put the current guidelines in to context so that parents can decide for themselves whether they feel the 'guidelines' are something they want to stick to rigidly or maybe perhaps they might want to make a slightly different decision as it suits their baby and the rest of the family better.

I enjoyed the tone of the book and felt it was very balanced - helping parents to take the bits of each approach as they feel might work for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 31 Jan 2013
By nina
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great book with very good advices. I wish I had it with my first baby as well. highly recommended. nina
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy and helpful advice 16 Feb 2012
By pacem et amorem VINE VOICE
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This is a great little book, written by a professional with good credentials. It can be difficult to know what to do when the world and his wife is trying to tell you what they did with their little precious bundle of joy. This book hopes to solve the confusing mass of mixed messages received by already overwhelmed new or prospective parents.

Well written, with good advice from a trusted source. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Informative Read 5 Aug 2014
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Great as an informative read on how to wean a baby, though my little girl didn't like any of the recipes in the book and I found it a a bit critical of mums who don't wean babies at 4 months.

Covered all the basics and had good information on nutrition. Also had good guidelines on how much of each food group to aim to give a baby each day. I did feel that it implied that it was too late to start weaning at 6 months, though my little girl wasn't interested in food until just before she turned 6 months. The recipes from the later weaning stages were a bit bland, especially when other books I had were recommending introducing herbs and garlic into recipes for baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful!
one of the best on the market
Published 4 days ago by kermit 333
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful book for weaning
This book is comprehensive and beneficial for anyone wishing to consider options for weaning and offers information re the pros and cons of baby led weaning and purées etc. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that speaks sense
A well-written, balanced and sensible guide to weaning. A great resource for those confused about weaning, particularly first time parents.
Published 1 month ago by Jazzberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter just starting to wean our grandson and refers to this book a lot
Published 1 month ago by szbradley
4.0 out of 5 stars good
liked the book. had some very usefull information in it. really loved the meal planes for each stage. i recommend it
Published 2 months ago by sarah stecher
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF?
Any book that has recipes for baby food that use MARGARINE as an ingredient is a load of BS. I will be returning this.
Published 2 months ago by Arooj Raja
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible and gentle advice
By far and away the most sensible book on weaning I have read. Having felt rather pummelled by some hard-core baby-led weaners, this book gave a clear and balanced explanation of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by choir chimp
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
This book has some useful tips, recipes and advice. Gives you information about spoon feeding and baby-led weaning which helps. God value for money.
Published 3 months ago by CC
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful first read
I read this book when I was initially thinking about weaning, and then bought more detailed books about my chosen approach once I had read the comparisons in here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms NW8
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners
This book has lots of useful information written in a plain language. It is a lot of common spence but sometimes it is helpful to read the arguments for both traditional weaning... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R House
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