When I first started feeding Charlie real food it was at the age of 6 months and everything was pureed or steamed for him to explore his food whole.
I have never even heard of Baby-Led weaning until months, months, months after.
I was recently sent this book to review and I never turn down a cook book. Cook books are one of my favorite things in life yet I rarely get them gifted to me..hmmm.
I liked the recipes in this book.
The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook is based on self-feeding allowing babies to use their natural abilities to explore taste, texture, colour and smell. It encourages independence and confidence by allowing them to experiment with foods at their own pace and helps to develop hand–eye coordination and chewing.
Gill Rapley worked as a health visitor for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counsellor. She initiated the current trend for baby-led weaning after conducting a study as part of her MSc.
Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer who used the baby-led weaning approach to introduce solid food to her own child.
I understand the notion of this book, is it for me? I don’t know because I pureed my sons food and I don’t think spoons are a bad thing either. I know there are thousands of parents out there that do Baby-Led weaning so I would like to hear from you!
Why did you choose this way and how has it worked for you?
I think parents need to find what works for their children. Some may like this approach and some may not.
A point that I do agree or see their point of is on pg.3.
“Sucking pureed food from a spoon doesn’t prepare babies for chewing; the best way to develop chewing skills is to practice them on food that actually needs chewing-in other words, ordinary, unmashed food.”
We know that most 6 months old don’t have much for teeth but their gums are super chompers, they do talk about safety in this book and The Gag Reflex. Gagging is what scares me the most about this although in the book it says baby actually carries on quite happily eating after it has spit out the food causing the gag. Again this book covers everything about Baby-Led Weaning from what to do and not do and what to expect. There are endless amounts of pictures of babies looking quite happy as they explore the food that is presented to them.
When exploring this way of feeding baby common sense is required as not leaving baby alone with food, not letting anyone except baby put food in their mouth, removing skin, small bones, pits and seeds and to make sure baby is sitting upright and not slouching.
Full of healthy, delicious meals the whole family will enjoy, and beautifully illustrated throughout, The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook also includes:
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