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The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Easy, Nutritious Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat (and Love!) a Variety of Solid Foods—and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy

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Forget baby purées and spoon-feeding—there’s an easier, more natural way to introduce your little one to solid foods. By about six months, when babies can sit up unassisted, grab things, and munch on them, they are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover real, solid food for themselves. Baby-led weaning sets the stage for healthy eating habits in the year Forget baby purées and spoon-feeding—there’s an easier, more natural way to introduce your little one to solid foods. By about six months, when babies can sit up unassisted, grab things, and munch on them, they are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover real, solid food for themselves. Baby-led weaning sets the stage for healthy eating habits in the years ahead by helping babies learn to feed themselves, to gauge appetite, and to love a variety of nutritious foods. Now, with The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook, cooking family meals that your little one can share will be a cinch. Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett—coauthors of Baby-Led Weaning, the book that started the movement—collect 130 recipes perfectly suited for baby-led weaning, as well as: • Straightforward advice on which foods to start with • Essential at-a-glance information on nutrition and food safety • Healthy ideas for quick snacks, delicious desserts, and meals for the whole family • Anecdotes and quotes from parents who follow baby-led weaning • Tips on minimizing the mess, keeping food the right size for little hands, and more! The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook will give you the recipes and the confidence to create exciting, enjoyable mealtimes that encourage little ones to develop at their own pace.


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Forget baby purées and spoon-feeding—there’s an easier, more natural way to introduce your little one to solid foods. By about six months, when babies can sit up unassisted, grab things, and munch on them, they are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover real, solid food for themselves. Baby-led weaning sets the stage for healthy eating habits in the year Forget baby purées and spoon-feeding—there’s an easier, more natural way to introduce your little one to solid foods. By about six months, when babies can sit up unassisted, grab things, and munch on them, they are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover real, solid food for themselves. Baby-led weaning sets the stage for healthy eating habits in the years ahead by helping babies learn to feed themselves, to gauge appetite, and to love a variety of nutritious foods. Now, with The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook, cooking family meals that your little one can share will be a cinch. Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett—coauthors of Baby-Led Weaning, the book that started the movement—collect 130 recipes perfectly suited for baby-led weaning, as well as: • Straightforward advice on which foods to start with • Essential at-a-glance information on nutrition and food safety • Healthy ideas for quick snacks, delicious desserts, and meals for the whole family • Anecdotes and quotes from parents who follow baby-led weaning • Tips on minimizing the mess, keeping food the right size for little hands, and more! The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook will give you the recipes and the confidence to create exciting, enjoyable mealtimes that encourage little ones to develop at their own pace.

30 review for The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Easy, Nutritious Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat (and Love!) a Variety of Solid Foods—and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Yes, recommend to everyone! Cave babies gotta eat them mastodon drumsticks. NOTE: grandmas do not feel ok about baby-led weaning and will suggest teething biscuits or bat the baby's arms out of the way and feed him applesauce while you go out to dinner, but that's ok, he'll get plenty of other opportunities to totally destroy a sandwich and get hummus in his hair.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Update #1: Gearing up to start baby number 2 on solids in the next month or so and we're going to give this a go again. Overall, BLW worked pretty well for our older son. At 22 months now, he's generally a good eater. Does he eat his vegetables all the time? No. But he's also not one of those kids that refuses all food excepting a rotating three items. He's also still a pretty messy eater compared to his peers and is spotty with cutlery. But we loved how easy the feeding process was for him and t Update #1: Gearing up to start baby number 2 on solids in the next month or so and we're going to give this a go again. Overall, BLW worked pretty well for our older son. At 22 months now, he's generally a good eater. Does he eat his vegetables all the time? No. But he's also not one of those kids that refuses all food excepting a rotating three items. He's also still a pretty messy eater compared to his peers and is spotty with cutlery. But we loved how easy the feeding process was for him and there were no worries transitioning between textures when he was an older infant. Our daycare provider raved about how well this method worked for them in the classroom as well. Do I think BLW makes for a better, less obese eater? Not really, and the book only includes anecdotal evidence, so don't expect much from the claims. Just do what you feel is right for your kid. My second son has a more sensitive tummy (heaven forbid we give him any formula) so I'm curious to see how this all plays out. This gives a great overview of the self-feeding process. I knew I wanted to go this route with my son, but really wanted a how-to on which foods to feed first, etc. since it's not the "traditional" stages/puree feeding that most do with their babies. It also describes how to tell if your baby is ready for this method. It doesn't necessarily list exact foods that are best, but it does describe textures that are good to start with. The whole first section is just enough information for me to give good talking points for when curious and/or judgmental family and friends ask why he's munching on an avocado slice at six months. I have yet to try any of the recipes, but I know I will. I am looking for flavorful recipes that don't include a lot of salt (I know I can omit it from other recipes, but if salt is the only seasoning...) since it's not good for babies. Plus, the point of BLW is for the baby to eat what you're eating, so these recipes should facilitate just that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    My daughter decided against eating all purées and I was loosing hope that she would ever start to eat solids until I heard about baby led weaning- this book gives you the confidence to feed your baby from the table and helped me realize that maybe my daughter just wanted a little more flavor!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Much more than just a recipe book. Loads of great tips and explanations of everything. About half the book is information and half is recipes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kels

    A good introduction to BLW. Easy recipes! Some suggestions I don't personally agree with, such as disregarding common sense when it comes to introducing several new foods at one time. The author assures the reader that unless the child's family has a known history of food allergies it is unnecessary to space and introduce new foods separately. Sometimes allergies are present without a family history. It seems more responsible to me to only introduce one new food at a time, as to be able to pinpo A good introduction to BLW. Easy recipes! Some suggestions I don't personally agree with, such as disregarding common sense when it comes to introducing several new foods at one time. The author assures the reader that unless the child's family has a known history of food allergies it is unnecessary to space and introduce new foods separately. Sometimes allergies are present without a family history. It seems more responsible to me to only introduce one new food at a time, as to be able to pinpoint an allergy issue right away. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid guide.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dania F

    Lots of wonderful recipes providing balanced meals. Somevery fast some a bit moreintensive. Some my daughter didn't like at all, some she loves. Would have appreciated more dairy free options. And more desert recipes without sugar.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a nice cookbook with recipes that the whole family will enjoy. The recipes are healthy, simple to make, and feature flavors/dishes from around the world. I liked the thorough explanations of how to cut & serve food to baby. This is a nice cookbook with recipes that the whole family will enjoy. The recipes are healthy, simple to make, and feature flavors/dishes from around the world. I liked the thorough explanations of how to cut & serve food to baby.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Mrozek

    I really enjoyed the Baby-Led Weaning book, so I thought the cookbook would be just as good. Sadly, I was unimpressed and didn’t find it useful at all.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jill Davies

    A thoroughly inspiring and practical guide for parents wishing to embark on baby-led weaning. Great also for professionals to advise and support baby-led weaning.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lavanya

    Best recipes for my son who has figured out how to push the spoon away. He hates smooth textured food and i was out of ideas and this book and the accompanying concept of baby led weaning is good.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Stuhlsatz

    There were a few recipes that I'm going to try - ways to present things as finger food to make them easier for baby to grasp.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex Legge

    quite useful

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    Many of these little recipes are common ones; you will have come across them before or they could already be staples in your household. Nonetheless, this book is a useful companion to baby-led weaning, especially for anyone new to the idea!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carlyn

    This is an absolutely great book for people like me! I didn't plan on 'baby-led weaning' but it became apparent very quickly that my baby hated puréed food but would happily gum a banana! I had heard of baby led weaning but still being a nervous first time parent It took me a while to get used to the gag reflex and I was worried about what to feed him! I'm not a great cook, I don't have a lot of confidence in the kitchen and we had obtained a lot of bad eating habits but obviously I wanted to tr This is an absolutely great book for people like me! I didn't plan on 'baby-led weaning' but it became apparent very quickly that my baby hated puréed food but would happily gum a banana! I had heard of baby led weaning but still being a nervous first time parent It took me a while to get used to the gag reflex and I was worried about what to feed him! I'm not a great cook, I don't have a lot of confidence in the kitchen and we had obtained a lot of bad eating habits but obviously I wanted to try give my baby the best start with food! I had done some research and it was appearing to be quite a 'foody' thing to do, or for people who generally cook all their meals from scratch and not those who come home after a 50 hour work week and pull something out the freezer. I for one don't just have courgettes and crab meat lying around as leftovers, but I can definitely pull out a bag of porridge oats and I have a cupboard full of spices used once. This book gives an introduction for people who have done little research and then some great simple recipes for all the family! Simple things you would never have come up with yourself using minimal amounts of ingredients and my baby seems to love them all so far! Definitely worth buying rather than all the online blogs etc I came across doing my research!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    When I was getting ready to start my son on solids, I tried to find the Baby-Led Weaning book at the library, but they had this cookbook instead. I'm glad I read this since I don't think you need a whole book to describe this method of introducing solids. In this book you get a good overview of the process in a chapter and then a bunch of recipes to try. The recipes are creative ways to let babies try healthy foods that they can handle- baked lentil and cheese wedges, tuna croquettes, and even o When I was getting ready to start my son on solids, I tried to find the Baby-Led Weaning book at the library, but they had this cookbook instead. I'm glad I read this since I don't think you need a whole book to describe this method of introducing solids. In this book you get a good overview of the process in a chapter and then a bunch of recipes to try. The recipes are creative ways to let babies try healthy foods that they can handle- baked lentil and cheese wedges, tuna croquettes, and even onigiri. Many seem like they would be great snacks that would be easy to bring along with you. Unfortunately I ended up with a picky eater and a couple months ago I decided to stop making any food specifically for him since he usually wouldn't eat it. Now I just let him eat whatever I'm eating as long as it's healthy and I try to always have an avocado on hand since it's one of the few foods he'll always eat. But I'll definitely check this out again if he ever becomes a little more adventurous.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chrysti Hedding

    This book has a lot of recipe ideas to start your baby on baby-led weaning (BLW). The author also reviews the basics of BLW, which was very helpful. If you’re an experienced cook like myself the recipes are simple enough, but since I’m an experienced cook, I also would have done well with the original book, Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food, instead because I am capable of adapting recipes myself. Great book for ideas! This book is an excellent help for learning quick techniqu This book has a lot of recipe ideas to start your baby on baby-led weaning (BLW). The author also reviews the basics of BLW, which was very helpful. If you’re an experienced cook like myself the recipes are simple enough, but since I’m an experienced cook, I also would have done well with the original book, Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food, instead because I am capable of adapting recipes myself. Great book for ideas! This book is an excellent help for learning quick techniques for cooking in every day life, not just while weaning baby. (Note for American friends: “Weaning” means introducing solids, not just taking baby off of breastmilk or formula. Babies should still have breastmilk or formula until they’re at least a year old.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaia Calhoun

    Seriously, who knew you don't have to spoon feed! And who knew it actually leads to a more confident and better eater if you let your baby lead the way! I read Baby-Led Weaning because my super awesome and smart doctor recommended it. I got this book because my library also had this one. I actually like this one a little better because it explains everything more concisely and then gives some great recipes to try! I was blown away by the fact that I don't have to fuss with spoon feeding and am no Seriously, who knew you don't have to spoon feed! And who knew it actually leads to a more confident and better eater if you let your baby lead the way! I read Baby-Led Weaning because my super awesome and smart doctor recommended it. I got this book because my library also had this one. I actually like this one a little better because it explains everything more concisely and then gives some great recipes to try! I was blown away by the fact that I don't have to fuss with spoon feeding and am now so stoked to have a battle free food introduction process! Can't wait to get started actually, 11 more days to go before my daughter is of age to get to trying grown up food! This is a MUST READ for all parents of infants!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I loved this book. The first section gives a great overview of baby led weaning, with practical info on what skills and foods babies may be ready or at what stages, and useful nutritional advice. The second part includes recipes for beak sets, lunches, meats, poultry, fish, veggies, desserts etc. The recipes aren't babyish, but are proper home cooked meals the whole family can enjoy. For parents who already cook a lot there amre great new ideas of what to serve your baby, and for those who aren' I loved this book. The first section gives a great overview of baby led weaning, with practical info on what skills and foods babies may be ready or at what stages, and useful nutritional advice. The second part includes recipes for beak sets, lunches, meats, poultry, fish, veggies, desserts etc. The recipes aren't babyish, but are proper home cooked meals the whole family can enjoy. For parents who already cook a lot there amre great new ideas of what to serve your baby, and for those who aren't as confident in the kitchen there are clear instructions or basics like proper gravy, hummus or pesto. A real gem of a book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Wong

    This book has a good review of the concepts of the BLW book (good for review or other caregivers to do a quick overview), however the recipes didn't help me that much. Basically it's sodium and sugar-free versions of classics and British food (with most recipes containing eggs and dairy). So if you're a novice in the kitchen, it gives you some ideas to start with. If you cook regularly, you might just consider getting the original Baby-Led Weaning book instead and eliminate sugar/salt from your This book has a good review of the concepts of the BLW book (good for review or other caregivers to do a quick overview), however the recipes didn't help me that much. Basically it's sodium and sugar-free versions of classics and British food (with most recipes containing eggs and dairy). So if you're a novice in the kitchen, it gives you some ideas to start with. If you cook regularly, you might just consider getting the original Baby-Led Weaning book instead and eliminate sugar/salt from your basic recipes. This book did give me confidence to start BLW, as I was able to see examples of how to more easily prepare some veggies. And I wouldn't have thought to make Yorkshire Pudding!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth E

    Very good book with an interesting and effective way to introduce solid foods to an infant. I like the idea of letting them explore the texture and shapes of foods as well as to empower them to hold it themselves. I think modern physicians have become too fearful of things a baby could choke on, etc and too reliant on pureed foods. While any new thing with a baby necessitates caution, I think this method of food introduction is likely to result in less resistance to new foods in the future. High Very good book with an interesting and effective way to introduce solid foods to an infant. I like the idea of letting them explore the texture and shapes of foods as well as to empower them to hold it themselves. I think modern physicians have become too fearful of things a baby could choke on, etc and too reliant on pureed foods. While any new thing with a baby necessitates caution, I think this method of food introduction is likely to result in less resistance to new foods in the future. Highly recommend the concept to new parents!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Syakira Rahma

    When i was preparing my baby for BLW, i read this book after the original BLW book. I think this books sums up about the BLW method in the previous book, and gives a more practical and visual example of the BLW menu, which is very good! But as an Asian i think the recipes are too western, and not very likely to be remade in different culture, i only tried a few of the recipe (i technically didn't read the whole recipes in the book). But knowing the technique used in the cooking, gives a lot more When i was preparing my baby for BLW, i read this book after the original BLW book. I think this books sums up about the BLW method in the previous book, and gives a more practical and visual example of the BLW menu, which is very good! But as an Asian i think the recipes are too western, and not very likely to be remade in different culture, i only tried a few of the recipe (i technically didn't read the whole recipes in the book). But knowing the technique used in the cooking, gives a lot more visual about how to make a menu for BLW babies.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I've become a kiddo cookbook connoisseur and this one is by far my favorite. I wish I'd picked it up sooner. There's great diversity to the recipes, from Japanese Rice Balls to Moroccan Chicken and Toad-in-the-Hole. They're appropriate for a child, tasty for adults, and not too complicated or involved. I'd like to try every recipe in here, and I never feel that way about a cookbook. The intro to Baby-Led Weaning is helpful, as well, but it's worth it just for the recipes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I tried baby led weaning for 3 months. I love in theory how babies feed themselves and get used to so many different textures. But every baby is different and my baby just still isn't into chunky foods. After 3 months of his mostly swishing stuff around in his mouth and constantly gagging, I switched to purées and he's been a lot happier. I give him a pre-loaded spoon so he's still "feeding himself," which he prefers. Hoping I can try this more in the future if I have another baby.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Introducing infants to solids is easy this way. Authors focus in real food, not processed, ground mushy infant food. Reviews gagging, and when to introduce what. My only complaint is that canned beans and unfermented soy is recommended in some recipes and I don't recommend either. But, over-all, I believe this method is the most developmentally and nutritionally appropriate for infants.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lulu

    Well, honestly I cannot really write reviews on it yet for I do not know how well it works for my baby. But in general, the book is pretty interesting as it contains new info anything about baby's behaviour toward foods. Even some topics are repeated in the next chapters, still I found the book worth reading for moms as references to understand baby's world.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leanna

    Good basic information on BLW, with a helpful chart about how to progress your baby through different types of food. I thought the recipes were pretty straight-forward - basically what you'd come up with if you sat down to put together a list yourself -but they are well-organized, have some additional tips, and it's nice to have them all in one place.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Went to a talk by Gill Rapley which I found more informative than her book. When you write things down you have to be a bit more careful... good principles though. The NHS/Council health visitors are also promoting this approach in Islington

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I previously read their book explaining BLW but this one started with a nice summary of that which would be helpful to have others read. There are quite a few recipes I'd like to try so I added this to my Christmas list.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Wish we had started this approach a bit sooner. It may have helped to introduce different textures earlier on. Even though we waited until 9 months to start with table and finger food, this book gave great ideas on flavor combinations and recipes that I wouldn't have thought up on my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna Edwards

    I really liked the idea behind this book. It makes sense to allow you baby to explore the food that you are eating instead of feeding them separate food. While it will take a lot more planning on my part, I think I'll try this and hope my daughter becomes a better eater than I was.

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