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Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods-And Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater

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The Natural, No-Fuss, No-PurEe Method for Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

"[Baby-Led Weaning] makes life so much easier." --The Times, London


Baby-Led Weaning explodes the myth that babies need to be spoon-fed and shows why self-feeding from the start of the weaning process is the healthiest way for your child to develop. With baby-led weaning (BLW, for short), you can sk
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ebook, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Experiment (first published 2008)
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Aban (Aby)
Sep 05, 2011 Aban (Aby) rated it really liked it
I try to keep up with my daughter's reading about child rearing, since it gives me an understanding of her approach to raising her baby, my precious granddaughter. I am so glad I read this book! When my daughter started introducing finger foods to her six month old, and I saw the little one 'gag', I was horrified and thought she was about to choke! I was used to babies having pureed foods and had a hard time understanding that babies could eat everything their parents eat (within reason)and that ...more
Kate
Sep 29, 2013 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't bad, although far too anecdote focused for my taste and oddly (defensively?) repetitious about not needing to be concerned if your baby isn't chubby - that focusing on that is somehow old fashioned and raises the spectre of obesity which is just plain odd. One of the interesting things about baby books is the crazy insistence on One Right Way and a weird distortion of facts to ensure that parents don't make the wrong decision (according to the expert) when faced with ambiguous science ...more
Tracy
Mar 29, 2010 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely plan to use this method to introduce solids. However, the book itself was not much more useful then the website. The authors repeated themselves a lot. I think they were trying to find a way to fill up a whole book but failed at that. But redundancy aside, this book did raise my confidence in trying this with my daughter. I liked the explanations about the gag reflex as well as as their logic for things like 'if they are eating enough' and 'giving the baby control of feeding and cho ...more
Cass
I hate when common-sense parenting methods get labelled with a phrase and we all begin referring to it by the term. e.g. "Did you BLW?".

Baby led weaning is very simply letting your child wean themselves naturally. You don't give them special foods, you don't buy or make fancy purees, and there is no need for any "toddler food" recipe books.

You cook the family dinner, you serve it up and you all eat. I used this method and it works.

The huge problem that I have with this book is the contradiction
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Desinka
Jul 15, 2015 Desinka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great guide to BLW. I wish it was more synthesized. Some things were repeated at least 10 times. I missed some specifics as to what foods are a good idea to introduce first and how many foods to offer at once.
Amy
I loved this book so much I read through the entire thing in a day. We had already decided to do BLW before we bought this book, so we required very little convincing. Still, this book presented some of the research done on BLW and contained TONS of personal anecdotes by BLW parents, all of which really solidified our resolve to take this approach with our son. I really enjoyed the relaxed approach to solids advocated by this book.

The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because the dietary informa
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Leah
Feb 21, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the intention of this book was good, but the writing was terrible. The author simply repeats herself over and over again in order to draw out her thoughts into a full book. She could have simply stated the facts and made it into almost a pamphlet size read. I also feel there should be a bit more of a warning in here about foods such as apples, beans, and roughage. My child did not do well with said items and ended up in the ER twice. Ultimately this was my fault but I just don't feel tha ...more
Amy
Leave it to me to think I need to read a book about introducing solids to my THIRD child. It's not like I haven't done this before. But with my first two, it was frustrating, stressful, and many times not fun. I'm hoping to change all of that this go-around.

While I liked the subject and totally agree with the premise, the execution was highly repetitive (how many times can you say "trust your baby and let him eat as his own pace"?)and aggravatingly simplistic (do you really think I need you to t
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Leah
Apr 25, 2010 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant mothers, parents
Shelves: kindle, gift-ideas
I used this method (I've also seen it called self-feeding in the US) with both kids so far and absolutely love it. It is both easier and, in my experience, far more successful at creating kids with healthy food attitudes. Babies don't have to be fed purees from a spoon. They can learn to feed themselves the same foods the rest of the family eats from about 6 months on. Adults just have to suppress their concerns about babies eating the "right" amounts and learn to trust that the baby can listen ...more
Caitlin
I was reading this book concurrently with Child of Mine and Parents Need to Eat Too, and there was a lot of similar information - babies can eat a lot of the things parents eat, there's no need to rush solids, meals should be enjoyable. Baby-Led Weaning had a lot of good suggestions for potential foods as well, but it was a bit extremist in some respects. The authors's take was that if the baby can't feed it to himself he doesn't need to be eating it. No purees or mesh feeders. In my (admittedly ...more
Callie Hornbuckle
I like the idea of food as sensory play, and not obsessing over how much the baby eats at first. There was a whiff of "your baby will be ruined if you don't do it this way," which I took with a big grain of salt. And the book was quite repetitive - the key concepts could easily be reduced to key points on a single sheet of paper. Despite all that, I found the arguments for waiting until 6 months and avoiding purees to be compelling enough that I will strongly consider following this method.
Tory
May 04, 2012 Tory rated it really liked it
At first glance, it can be assumed that this book is about how to wean your nursing child. Actually, this book doesn't address this at all; its focus is solely on how to introduce your baby to solid foods in a way that complements their natural instincts and developmental ability (hence it is called "baby-led weaning"). I found this book to be full of great tips and I have found that my daughter responds well to the BLW practices I have tried.
Kirsten
The basic concept behind "baby-led weaning" is so simple that it doesn't really need a book to explain it, but since we're used to feeding babies being complicated, a book still seems necessary. I found this very helpful and reassuring, and it gave me a lot of great ideas for how to cheerfully introduce solid food.
Paul Smolen
Nov 30, 2015 Paul Smolen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Who would have ever thought that feeding an infant solid foods, the way your great grandparents did, would be a cutting edge medical controversy in the 21st century–but it is. So says the authors of Baby Led Weaning, by British authors Rapley and Murkett. 20th century western society has been all about controlling the introduction of solid food to babies when it is time for them to get more that breastfeeding can offer. It is generally accepted that solid foods, also called complimentary foods,
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Sara
My doctor recommended this book after I mentioned my son seemed to be finger feeding already (he's six months). Over the course of many visits to the medical centre, she has also recommended downloading Wonder Weeks, porridge based baths for moisturising baby skin and biting my baby's nails after a bath if I was having trouble clipping them (did I accept the recommendations? yes, yes, NO).

As other reviewers have stated, this book is quite repetitive. It's a quick read, providing a strong argumen
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Amy
Jul 19, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun and it made me really excited about starting solids with my baby. Here's the overall idea: Offer your baby safe, healthy foods and let them feed themselves. This thought 1) makes sense and 2) seems strange. We've all grown up with the idea of feeding little kiddos from a baby spoon and making airplane sounds to get them to open wide but this book squashes that notion as a necessity. Instead the authors suggest that babies develop self-feeding skills at the same rate the ...more
Sheryl
Aug 17, 2013 Sheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh.

I liked a lot of the ideas in this book - feed a baby what adults are eating, let them decide when to feed themselves, let them choose from several options at mealtimes. The ideas behind these things were to raise a child who was not picky and was confident.

Well, the problem with the book is that it is not based on any sort of science. It's completely anecdotal and frankly some of the anecdotes seem kind of forced. There's no evidence that feeding babies purees is in any way bad, and in fact
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Brandy
The puree ship had already sailed by the time I got this book , but it still has a lot of useful information to it about starting solids, how babies take to them, etc. (There's even a little Q&A section devoted to "whoops, the puree ship already sailed; can I still get on this boat?"--the answer is yes, but it may take a little more time, so that's the direction we'll be moving.)

The most useful information (to me) I found in here was the suggestion to use a shot glass when helping Baby lear
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Marieke
I never managed to finish this. I realized part way through that this method was not really going to work for our family. I did get some things from it, but following this method "by the book" so to speak, that didn't happen. Yet amazingly, so far my baby seems to absolutely love food and eating and it is a huge challenge to find something he won't eat/doesn't like. Sometimes the tone of this book was a little off-putting, because technically my baby shouldn't be such a great eater since i didn' ...more
Leynadawn
Feb 23, 2013 Leynadawn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting-books
When my son turned 6 months I enthusiastically went crazy in the kitchen making an array of delicious organic baby food only to find that he not only disliked the food but refused to be fed! I pressed on for 2 months but it only got worse. I had heard about this approach so I read this book and have been trying it ever since. Such a natural, normal, and practical approach to feeding babies. Again, why didn't I know about this sooner??!! Basically, the title is just a fancy way of saying "let you ...more
Erin
Aug 10, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, own
I have to agree with the reviewer who said this book was about a third too long. In one section of the book, I felt as though I was reading the same information over and over again, slightly re-worded each time. With a little editing, the book could be more concise and still contain all the same information.

That said, I found it a helpful book. After a basic rundown of all the benefits of BLW, the author gives some great suggestions for first finger foods, as well as ideas to use as baby gets ol
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Desiree
Dec 27, 2015 Desiree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poorly referenced , some good ideas but very militant in pushing her view point which is largely based on her experiment with a small group of families that she used as part of her masters degree in nursing. The information about diet could be well researched but there is no documentation to support her claims. The reference page is terribly short and includes two dictionaries. I think this falls under the "reader beware": when read with common sense and paired with good instincts and other rese ...more
Lisa
Jul 06, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
I knew I wanted to use Baby-Led Weaning to introduce solids before I picked up this book. The authors have a tendency to reiterate the benefits of BLW, using the same exact language, in multiple parts of the book. I did a fair amount of skimming and skipping because I didn't need to be sold. However, I can see it being useful for a secondary caregiver or grandparent who is skeptical.

I wanted to learn the basics - types of foods, size, preparations, dos and don'ts, etc. I got exactly what I neede
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Rachel
Dec 02, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting-etc
I liked the concept behind this book. I'm offering some home-made purees to my baby, but I'm also doing BLW. It is going really well and I plan on moving to complete finger foods once he can handle them better (and my frozen stock of baby food is out :). Right now when I try to just do BLW things turn into a screaming fest. My son wants solid food very badly and gets extremely frustrated when he can't get it quickly into his mouth.

I'm obviously more concerned about allergies and choking than the
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Yana
Mar 15, 2015 Yana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
Изключително полезна книга! Обяснява важни етапи в развитието на бебетата и какви всъщност са механизмите по които се учат да консумират твърда храна. И най-вече защо не е нужно да храним с пюрета и как детето може да има пълен контрол на количеството и вида, храна, което консумира. Първа, но огромна крачка към това да имаме в последствие по-големи деца, които се хранят с удоволствие и които не са "злояди". :)
Goli Habibi
Already using this method with our 6 month old baby and it's great. I do believe we should allow babies to build up a good relationship with food and this book is spot on in that sense. Only thing is the book is too repetitious so I recommend skimming through it
Amy
Mar 09, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great little summary book of baby led weaning (though a much better name would be baby led *feeding*). A quick read for any mom with a baby approaching six months old. An essential read for anyone skeptical or worried about feeding a baby anything other than purees.
Margaret Heller
I'd read the blog first, which made this sound easy. Then the book made it seem harder. But I originally thought for some reason that this is how you were supposed to start feeding babies, and didn't realize it was controversial. My baby can have food in about two months, so we'll see how it goes.
Tanja
A wonderful book about introducing your baby to food. It repeated itself a bit, which is the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars. The repetition on the other hand isn't necessarily a bad thing as people on m/paternity leave tend to be a bit scatterbrained, I know I am :)
Tiffany Wyse-Fisher
CHANGED MY LIFE (12 months of my life anyway). Highly recommend.
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