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4.0 out of 5 stars Will get you through the process well, 9 Oct 2010
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This review is from: The Contented Little Baby Book Of Weaning (Paperback)
I've used this book a lot, although as with the CLB book I don't follow it to the letter. It contains useful information about when to introduce different foods and has good general background information on nutrition. There's a quick reference of different foods (nutrirional value, when to introduce, how to serve, potential problems etc) at the back which is particularly good for at-a-glance advice.

It loses a star because I get the impression it was initially aimed at people weaning at 4 months and has been lazily tweaked to fit the newer six month guidelines. This makes the early chapters quite confusing as there is some repetition and some apparently contradictory advice. I ended up weaning at 5 and a half months which left me in no man's land because there was a four month plan and a six month one but only a few scraps of advice for people somewhere in between. Following it to the precise day was a bit much for me; I very rapidly lost track of which day of the plan I was supposed to be on, but really once you have grasped the basics it doesn't matter too much.

The recipes are good and my baby is eating a great variety of food and taking to new things easily when introduced in the suggested manner. Throughout the exclusive breastfeeding stage he needed more frequent feeds than the GF routines suggested, but now we're on solids he has rapidly conformed to the routines suggested here and seems very happy. I have Gina's recipe book as well and the two complement each other well.

It would be interesting to hear Gina's opnion on some of the other schools of thought on weaning (especially baby-led weaning); if you want any information on that at all then you'll need to look elsewhere as this is just a guide to doing things her way. However she introduces finger foods early on and from what I understand I think the schedules here could easily be integrated with a baby-led approach.
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