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

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

by Gill Rapley PhD, Tracey Murkett

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615191246
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 684,188
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Gill Rapley, PhD, has studied infant feeding and child development for many years. She worked as a public health nurse for over twenty years and has also been a midwife and a voluntary breastfeeding counselor. She developed the theory of baby-led weaning while studying babies’ developmental readiness for solids as part of her master’s degree and has since been awarded a PhD for research comparing spoon-feeding with self-feeding. Gill lives in Kent, England, with her husband and has three grown children, all of whom tried their best to show her that they didn’t need any help with solid foods.
Tracey Murkett is a writer, journalist, and breastfeeding peer supporter. After following baby-led weaning with her own daughter, she wanted to let other parents know how enjoyable and stress-free mealtimes with babies and young children can be. She lives in London with her partner and their daughter.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

1 What Is Baby-Led Weaning? 1

What is Weaning? 1

Why BLW is Different 2

Why BLW Makes Sense 4

When Should a Baby Start Solids? 5

Why Is Some Baby Food Labeled as Suitable from Four Months? 9

Baby-Led Weaning Isn't New 11

A Brief History of Feeding Babies 11

The Trouble with Spoon-Feeding 14

The Benefits of BLW 20

Are There Any Disadvantages? 28

2 How Does Baby-Led Weaning Work? 30

Growing Skills 30

Baby-Led Weaning and Breast-feeding 35

The Motivation to Feed 37

Needing Extra Nutrients 39

Moving Away from Milk Feedings 40

Developing the Ability to Chew 41

The "Window of Opportunity" 43

Eating Enough but Not Too Much: Learning Appetite Control 44

Won't He Choke? 46

Do Babies Really Know What They Need to Eat? 50

Q&A 52

3 Getting Started 62

Preparing for BLW 62

When to "Eat" 63

Finger Food 66

Improving Coordination 67

Offering Rather Than Giving 69

How Much Food to Offer 70

Having a Clean Plate 73

Rejecting Food 74

Helping Your Baby to Learn 75

Dealing with Frustration 77

Allowing Enough Time 78

No Pressure 79

Eating Together 79

Expect Mess 83

Equipment 86

The Secrets of Successful BLW 90

Q&A 92

4 First Foods 95

Basic Principles 95

Foods to Avoid 96

Allergy Triggers 102

Fat 105

Fiber 105

Adapting Food in the Early Months 106

Dips and Dippers 113

Breakfast 114

Easy Snacks and Food on the Move 117

Desserts 118

Q&A 119

5 After the Early Days 129

Progressing at Your Baby's Pace 129

Adventurous Taste Buds 131

Learning About Textures 135

Runny Foods 137

Feast and Famine 138

Your Baby's Diaper 139

Eating Enough: Learning to Trust Your Baby 141

Telling You She's Had Enough 144

Food Fads 146

Drinks 148

Dropping Milk Feedings 150

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner-Plus Snacks 154

6 Baby-Led Weaning and Family Life 157

Maintaining a Baby-Led Approach 157

Silverware 158

Cups 162

Table Manners 163

Eating Out 165

Self-Service 169

Bribes, Rewards, and Punishments 171

Avoiding the Emotional Battleground 173

Going Back to Work 176

7 A Healthy Diet for Everyone 182

The Importance of Healthy Eating 182

Knowing the Basics 185

Variety is the Spice of Life! 186

Junk Food 188

Vegetarians and Vegans 189

Getting the Best Out of the Food You Buy 190

A Basic Guide to Nutrients 192

Did You Know? 196

8 Troubleshooting 200

Conclusion 219

Appendix 1 The Story of Baby-Led Weaning 221

Appendix 2 Basic Rules for Food Safety 223

References 227

Photo Credits 229

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

About the Authors 239

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