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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Workman Publishing, Oct 12, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 264 pages
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The Natural, No-Fuss, No-Purée 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 skip purées and make the transition to solid food by following your baby’s cues.

At about six months, most babies are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover food for themselves. Baby-Led Weaning is the definitive guide to this crucial period in your child’s development, and shows you how to help your baby:

  • Participate in family meals right from the start
  • Experiment with food at his or her own pace
  • Develop new abilities, including hand-eye coordination and chewing
  • Learn to love a variety of foods and to enjoy mealtimes

Baby-led weaning became a parenting phenomenon in the UK practically overnight, inspiring a fast-growing and now international online community of parents who practice baby-led weaning—with blogs and pictures to prove it! In Baby-Led Weaning, world-leading BLW authority Gill Rapley and early BLW practitioner and coauthor Tracey Murkett deliver everything you need to know about raising healthy, confident eaters.


 

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Contents

1 What Is BabyLed Weaning?
1
2 How Does BabyLed Weaning Work?
30
3 Getting Started
62
4 First Foods
95
5 After the Early Days
129
6 BabyLed Weaning and Family Life
157
7 A Healthy Diet for Everyone
182
8 Troubleshooting
200
The Story of BabyLed Weaning
221
Basic Rules for Food Safety
223
References
227
Photo Credits
229
Acknowledgments
231
Index
233
About the Authors
239
Copyright

Conclusion
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About the author (2010)

Gill Rapley, PhD, the pioneering champion of baby-led weaning, has studied infant feeding and child development for many years. She worked as a public health nurse for more than 20 years, and has also been a midwife, lactation consultant, and breastfeeding counselor. She lives in Kent, England, with her husband and has three grown-up children, all of whom tried their best to show her that they didn’t need any help with solid foods.

Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer and journalist and a volunteer mother-to-mother breastfeeding helper. After following baby-led weaning with her own daughter, she wanted to help to spread the word about how enjoyable and stress-free mealtimes with babies and young children can be. She lives in London with her partner and their daughter.

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