- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (4 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091935288
- ISBN-13: 978-0091935283
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.7 x 21.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010
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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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The one thing that I really felt this book was missing was some sort of suggested meal planner, perhaps just for the first week or two. I appreciate the theory that with BLW your baby just eats what you eat, but in reality I think that some parents would like a gentle submersion into the world of weaning perhaps focusing on some of the simpler finger foods rather than diving in at the deep end immediately. I was happy to give solid foods, but a meal planner would have helped me to feel confident that baby was getting a good balance of foods, therefore removing at least one of the stresses involved in weaning, as well as enabling me to think/shop ahead. I have found that planning ahead is something that I seem to have lost the ability to do whilst looking after a 6 month old so any help in that department is appreciated!
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.
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.
We've lived on takeaway and restaurant meals for the past five years (no exaggeration - you can do that in NYC). I'm no cook: I know how to follow a recipe, but I find coordinating the timing of different elements stressful and have little confidence in my finished product. By rights I should be feeding my son from jars.
When I heard about BLW, it made so much sense that I immediately decided we'd do it, and I'm very glad we are: it's a lot of fun and he must be learning much more. The catch, of course, is that I'm having to make him real food from early than I would otherwise have done. There are a lot of ideas on what food to offer in the main BLW book, and I was doing all right sharing ultra-simple meals with him - sticks of vegetable with fingers of meat, or tinned fish mushed in mascarpone on rice cakes, or pasta with sauteed courgette, or scrambled eggs on toast. But that has limited mileage, and I hadn't the energy or courage to trawl through my husband's recipe books to find meals that were (a) simple enough to cook with a baby crawling around your feet and (b) not full of salty ingredients.
So the big thing for me is that I find these recipes manageable. Timings aren't an issue - if there are separate elements, they're fine to sit around for a bit before being combined. There are plenty of crossover ingredients, so you don't need a cupboard full of herbs and spices and if you use half a tin of something you can often find a use for the other half in another recipe. You don't need more than the most basic pans and utensils.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has truly been one of my best purchases, easy and quick recipes (especially compared to some other weaning cookbooks) and even my fussy little eater loves them! Read morePublished 4 days ago by O'Keefe
My daughter was thrilled with this book,she's used loads of the recipes for her 7 month old!Published 6 days ago by mrs j moores
This is so helpful and inspirational to giving my twins a healthy diet with a range of recipes as well as advice! The only cookbook that i'll treasurePublished 21 days ago by Katie Duffin
Never bothered to learn to cook before so can't really compare to other cookbooks. But I have successfully cooked several dishes now which all three of us have enjoyed. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Teresa
Highly recommended for BLW recipe ideas that the whole family can enjoy.
Even though we are vegetarian we have found the meals to be tasty and portions generous.
Really helpful guide for parents looking for more guidance and information on baby led weaning as well as recipes that will suit the whole family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book full of recepies we can enjoy as a family. So far everything we've tried has been tasty and a hit with our little onePublished 2 months ago by Miss C.
Fab, I use this daily to cook for my 9 month old he loves the food I cook from it.Published 2 months ago by clare
Excellent book! - a must for anyone who intends to use Baby led weaning when their baby starts solids.Published 2 months ago by Leanne S.