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Baby-Led Weaning

The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods - and Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 purees 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.

©2010 Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (P)2017 Tantor

What the critics say

"Their arguments are scientifically sound, especially when it comes to muscle development in the mouth, and they address the anticipated counterarguments.... If mine were little again, I would definitely try this." ( Library Journal)

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Repetitive but recommended by MD

Could have been summed up in one chapter and was overly biased against using spoons. Towards the end with the frequently asked questions “is it ok to occasionally feed with a spoon?” It had a lengthy overly wordy explanation that repeats what was already repeated throughout and then finally says “no there’s nothing wrong with it”.
The “meat and potatoes” of the book is good though and I would recommend the book/feeding method to others.

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  • Ioana
  • 2018-10-21

There really needs to be a PDF with this audiobook

There really needs to be a PDF with this audiobook. I heard there are some good recipes in this book (haven't finished it yet), but without a PDF companion, you're kind of missing out.

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  • Megan Pierson
  • 2017-11-17

great book!

Made me very confident while feeding my infant!
I would recommend this book to anyone with a baby getting ready for solids.

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  • MalloryG285
  • 2019-01-14

Great Book, Would Be Best To Have Hard Copy

This book is great, but I'm finding that a hard copy (or even a kindle version) would be better for reference. The reader is a great voice, that's actually very relaxing to listen to. Occasionally she said the word "breakfast" weird, which is a bit jarring.

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  • Charles Smoot III
  • 2019-01-13

Not a fan of the narrator, but still a great book!

Not a fan of the narrator, but still a great book! Really great for starting out.

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  • Tedson
  • 2019-01-08

Really easy to undertsand

It was real easy to follow. Read very well. The book gave me much to think about when I start introducing solids to my daughter.
Basically just put food in front of her and let her explore her world. Let her be in charge of what she eats instead of force spoon feeding on them.
She goes on to explain the implications of baby lead weening on the babies confidence, motor skills etc. And also addressing the negatives to spoon feeding.
All in all, really good book

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  • anonymous
  • 2018-09-07

No Data or Sources

The authors don’t present any scientific data to back any of their claims, only anecdotes from parents who have tried it. I think I’ll stick with the tried and true spoon-feeding method.

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  • Natalie miller
  • 2018-08-14

Great information, very redundant

We will definitely be doing BLW with our 6 month old. Great information and makes starting solids seem possible!

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  • Shane Pilato
  • 2017-11-28

misleading title

this book had nothing to do with weaning and everything to do with infant nutrition. I feel disapointed and mislead. I was hoping how to learn to wean my baby from breast feeding as she's now 1 year old

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