Baby-Led Weaning – By Gill Rapley

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Goodreads Synopsis: Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed purées. Self-feeding allows 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.

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.

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I am really happy that I stumbled upon this book, I think I found it because another one of parenting help books I read recommended it.

I was sold on this book by the end of the first chapter. There’s a lot of common sense in this book. I mean just looking at containers of pureed baby food is unappetizing, I can’t imagine what they would taste like. 😀  Baby-led weaning offers lots of other options for baby food and it was so helpful to read.

One thing I will say about this book, is I felt that the author had a somewhat dismissive tone about food choking hazards. Which I felt was a little irresponsible to have in the book. I wish there had been just a couple paragraphs on the Heimlich for babies, or just something that was informative on what to do if your child is choking.

I also felt by the end of the book that it didn’t make a strong case against completely forgoing pureed baby food, at least not the type you can make at home. It seems like sometimes life will just get crazy and you just want an easy meal, so popping a banana in the blender would make a great lunch for baby.

Still I learned a lot and I plan on buying this book someday. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

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