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Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,261 ratings  ·  560 reviews
The fully updated and revised edition of Baby-led Weaning is a practical and authoritative guide to introducing solid food, enabling your child to grow up a happy and confident eater. It shows parents why baby-led weaning makes sense and gives them the confidence to trust their baby's natural skills and instincts.

Filled with practical tips for getting started and the low-
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 6th 2008 by Vermilion (first published 2008)
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Aban (Aby)
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it liked it
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
Amy
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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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Cass
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Leah
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sheryl
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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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Amy
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Amanda Arbuthnot
Jan 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is one of the more militant parenting books I’ve read. There is no grey area or allowance for any horrible purées to touch your precious baby’s lips. Given that the authors speak with such authority, and condemn most other feeding guidelines, I was surprised that they didn’t include any in text citations, and only had 9 references (one from 1928? Seriously?). There is also inaccurate information about introducing allergens.

There are some interesting ideas, but it’s hard to wade through all
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Grant Scalf
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a baby.
Julia Tulloh Harper
The basic premise of this book is good - let your baby feed themselves, feed them what you eat (as opposed to preparing special 'baby foods', like purees). I think you could get the actual practical info online though without going through this whole book which is pretty repetitive and self-righteous.
The tone of this book is annoying- the author is also extremely dogmatic for someone who has very little science to back up their claims ('Baby led weaning' seems based on her masters degree researc
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Molly
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby
This book suffered from too much preaching about how great this way of feeding your child is and how horrible purées are--some of the things they say aren't even true based on my experiences (ie. your baby will hate all purees, they're too time consuming, you're going to raise an overweight picky eater etc). It also falls into the trap of many parenting books that idealize this mythic 19th century child rearing model where everyone gave birth naturally and painlessly, breastfed effortlessly and ...more
Leah
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Tory
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Callie Hornbuckle
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Zoe Cannon
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
I love the basic idea of baby-led weaning, and the specific practical tips that this book gives about how to introduce a baby to solid foods. The rest of the book, not so much. It’s a lot crunchier than I expected, and has some outdated ideas (like that it’s harmful for babies to start solid foods before six months, or that parents should as wait as long as possible to introduce common allergens). There are a lot of emotional appeals about how doctors have tried to give parents misguided advice ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
This book had great explanations, scientific background, and applicable tips for BLW. We will be doing this with our daughter and I will be referring back for food ideas and reassurance of what to expect throughout the process.
Aisha
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Helpful reinforcement to feed baby food, also backed up by the dietician. Quite useful for suggestions when getting started and reminders that babies can eat most anything I can.
Andreea Lucau
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was not convinced that blw is for me, but after reading this book, it changed my perspective.
I only hope I will be able to deal with all the mess and pressure to spoon feed the baby.
Maggie
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby
Other than the central premise of the book, which can be summarized in its entirety as "your baby can feed themselves", this book was maddeningly dull. Perhaps its because I possess just the tiniest amount of knowledge of food and cooking and eating, but it seemed as though 85% of this book was common sense. To be fair, the first few pages were mind-blowing to me, purely because I had assumed I would be feeding my baby purees. So all it took were a few basic facts about baby self-feeding before ...more
Paul Smolen
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

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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Amy
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adina
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: babies
The idea of the book appeals to me. I went for a mixt approach on weaning which for the BLW "faithfuls" is a capital sin. This cult feeling of BLW adopters is one of the reason I only give the book 3 stars. No approach to weaning or to other aspects of motherhood is black or white. However, with BLW you either leave the child to completely feed herself or it is cheating an you not a real BLW-er. In my opinion, each child is different and a parent should listen to his needs. I was very sad that m ...more
Brandy
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 learn to
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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
Erin
Aug 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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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Leynadawn
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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