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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy recipes for both beginners and experienced cooks, 25 Dec 2010
This review is from: The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy (Hardcover)
I first got this book from the library as I wasn't sure how relevant it would be to me. My little girl is 17 months and has been BLW from day 1, I'd consider myself a fairly competent cook and had no real problem adapting our usual meals to suit her. What I really wanted though, was some recipes for healthy snacks which aren't full of sugar (my main objection to the Jennie Maizels book), and this book, with the recipes for muffins and apple, oat, and carrot cakes, has not disappointed.

There are also plenty of recipes for nice simple meals which I will probably make use of (always useful to have some ideas for easy weeknight dinners) and I like the fact that the portion sizes are for 2 adults and a baby. I think many of the recipes would also be quite easy to follow even if you're not used to doing much cooking, and the basic methods such as sauces would be very handy.

I think if you are looking for a week by week meal planner as another reviewer said, you need to reconsider your approach to weaning, as the whole point (and a major benefit) of BLW is that it's all about going at YOUR baby's pace. Some will be eating confidently at 7 months, others not till 10 months or later - both are perfectly normal and healthy, and if you try to fit into a one size fits all regime you just set yourself up for frustration and worry. Just relax, enjoy your own food, and let your baby have a go at it too - if they find it too tricky then make sure they still have some easier options for a while. The whole point is for them to learn, experience and enjoy, and in my opinion there are some ideal recipes for that in this book.
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