Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food – Gill Rapley

Review

It sounds like common sense: after all, would you want to be strapped into a high chair and force-fed spoon after spoon of bland vegetables? It’s surely much more exciting to be able to exercise a bit of control over your diet. –Guardian

Book Description

Everything you need to know about baby-led weaning – the latest buzz in parenting circles – from leading health visitor Gill Rapley

Product Description

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.

 

With practical tips for getting started and the low-down on what to expect, Baby-led Weaning explodes the myth that babies need to be spoon-fed and shows why self-feeding from the start is the healthiest way for your child to develop. Your baby is allowed to decide how much he wants to eat, how to eat it and to experiment with everything at his own pace.

 

Baby-led weaning is a common-sense, safe, easy and enjoyable approach to feeding your baby. No more purées and weaning spoons, and no more mealtime battles. Simply let your baby feed himself healthy family food.

From the Publisher

Everything you need to know about baby-led weaning – the latest buzz in parenting circles – from leading health visitor Gill Rapley

From the Back Cover

Forget baby purées, ice cube trays and weaning spoons, and simply let your baby feed himself

 

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.

 

Baby-led Weaning is a common sense, easy and enjoyable approach to feeding your child, and it:

 

• Helps to develop your baby’s natural abilities, including hand-eye coordination and chewing

• Allows your baby to join in with family meals right from the start of the weaning process

• Encourages independence by allowing your baby to experiment with foods at his own pace

• Makes mealtimes more enjoyable and battles less likely

 

Baby-led Weaning is a practical and authoritative guide to introducing solid food, enabling your child to grow up

a happy and confident eater.

 

Gill Rapley is one of the UK’s leading authorities on infant feeding. Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer.

 

‘[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier’ The Times

 

‘I see many happy children, who choose their own food independently and eat at their own pace’ Stefan Kleintjes, paediatric dietitian

About the Author

Gill Rapley is the world authority on baby-led weaning. She worked as a health visitor for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counsellor.

 

Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer who used the baby-led weaning approach to introduce solid food to her own child.