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Rather disappointed, but still useful,
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This review is from: The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy (Hardcover)
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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Initial post: 10 Aug 2014 21:24:45 BDT
J. Benson says:
Hugely useful review, thank you! We are at the 7-month stage with #2, who is a determined self-feeder and I feel completely lost (#1 was happy to dabble in self-feeding and take some from a spoon). Your review makes perfect sense to me as I know where we need to get to, but I wasn't sure how to manage this early phase when dexterity is not great. I have seen an AK book for Babies and Toddlers and I think I'll go with that as there looks to be enough ideas for now and the recipes for 3-7yrs are quite interesting, which may suit both children.
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