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

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

by Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett

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ISBN-13: 9780091923808
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gill Rapley pioneered baby-led weaning in the U.K. She has worked as a nurse for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counselor. Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 What is Baby-Led Weaning? 15

What is Weaning? 15

Why BLW is Different 16

Why BLW Makes Sense 18

When Should a Baby Start Solids? 19

Why is Some Baby Food Labelled as Suitable from Four Months? 23

Baby-led Weaning Isn't New 25

A Brief History of Feeding Babies 26

The Trouble with Spoon-feeding 30

The Benefits of BLW 34

Are There Any Disadvantages? 43

2 How Does Baby-Led Weaning Work? 45

Growing Skills 45

Baby-led Weaning and Breastfeeding 50

The Motivation to Feed 53

Needing Extra Nutrients 54

Moving Away from Milk Feeds 55

Developing the Ability to Chew 57

The 'Window of Opportunity' 59

Eating Enough but Not Too Much: Learning Appetite Control 60

Won't He Choke? 61

Do Babies Really Know What They Need to Eat? 66

Q&A 70

3 Getting Started 78

Preparing for BLW 78

When to 'Eat' 79

Finger Food 82

Improving Coordination 84

Offering Rather Than Giving 86

How Much Food to Offer 86

Making a Clean Plate 89

Rejecting Food 90

Helping Your Baby to Learn 92

Dealing With Frustration 93

Allowing Enough Time 94

No Pressure 95

Eating Together 96

Expect Mess 100

Equipment 103

The Secrets of Successful BLW 107

Q&A 110

4 First Foods 113

Basic Principles 113

Foods to Avoid 114

Allergy Triggers 120

Fat 123

Fibre 124

Adapting Food in the Early Months 124

Dips and Dippers 131

Breakfast 133

Easy Snacks and Food on the Move 135

Desserts 136

Q&A 138

5 After the Early Days 146

Progressing at Your Baby's Pace 146

Adventurous Taste-buds 148

Learning About Textures 152

Runny Foods 154

Feast and Famine 156

Your Baby's Poo 156

Eating Enough: Learning toTrust Your Baby 158

Telling You She's Had Enough 161

Food Fads 163

Drinks 166

Dropping Milk Feeds 168

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Plus Snacks 172

6 Baby-Led Weaning and Family Life 175

Maintaining a Baby-led Approach 175

Cutlery 176

Cups 180

Table Manners 182

Eating Out 183

Self-service 188

Bribes, Rewards and Punishments 190

Avoiding the Emotional Battleground 192

Going Back to Work 194

7 A Healthy Diet for Everyone 201

The Importance of Healthy Eating 201

Knowing the Basics 204

Variety is the Spice of Life! 206

Junk Food 208

Vegetarians and Vegans 209

Getting the Best Out of the Food You Buy 210

A Basic Guide to Nutrients 212

Did You Know? 216

8 Troubleshooting 220

Conclusion 240

Appendix 1 The Story of Baby-led Weaning 242

Appendix 2 Basic Rules for Food Safety 245

References 249

Photo Credits 251

Index 252

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