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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful advice to relax and let baby lead feeding, but repetitious and vague at times, 3 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food (Paperback)
This book argues for a very different philosophy towards weaning compared with the conventional approach of giving spoonfuls of boring puree to a reluctant baby. The concept is simple, and natural: just give the baby what you eat (with slight modifications), and let him/her decide what she wants when. This makes considerable sense in some ways, and I'm all for a more laid back approach to feeding infants.

However, the book is incredibly repetitious and could easily be a quarter of its length (although that wouldn't be book length), so there is a lot that you've heard before to wade through at times. Some of the advice also seems a little conflicting - at times the suggestion is to give the baby whatever you're eating, but at other times the idea is to make special shapes of vegetables cooked in specific ways. Another example is that all variety is to be welcomed, as it stimulates a baby to learn faster, but not when that variety includes conventional weaning techniques - then that will just confuse the baby - why the double standard?

And with all this repetition, some of the details are rather vague - for instance, our 6 month old baby is just not ready to put most foods in her mouth, or eat many foods, because of coordination issues, and the fact that she has no teeth yet! So I would have welcomed a more specific breakdown of how you build up weaning from the occasional moments at 6 months to almost replacing breastmilk/formula by a year old - perhaps with a rough plan of what to expect at each month. I would also have liked to see more detail about pseudo-recipes, especially early on when more foods need excluding.

In the end, I would imagine we will try a mixture of baby led weaning, which this book was reasonably good at educating us about, and pureed foods or organic healthy packets, especially using the latter methods earlier on. But we'll definitely take the book's main message to heart: don't worry about what the baby eats and let her lead feeding with what she wants, how much she wants, and when she wants it.
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