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The Natural, No-Fuss, No-Pur#xC3;#xA9;e Method for Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods 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 pur#xC3;#xA9;es and make the transition to solid food by following your baby#xE2;#xAC;"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#xE2;#xAC;"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#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;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.
Gill Rapley, a public health nurse for 20 years and the mother of three, originated the theory of baby-led weaning while pursuing her master's degree. Tracey Murkett, a freelance writer and journalist, followed baby-led weaning with her daughter.
Table of Contents
|What Is Baby-Led Weaning?||p. 1|
|What is Weaning?||p. 1|
|Why BLW is Different||p. 2|
|Why BLW Makes Sense||p. 4|
|When Should a Baby Start Solids?||p. 5|
|Why Is Some Baby Food Labeled as Suitable from Four Months?||p. 9|
|Baby-Led Weaning Isn't New||p. 11|
|A Brief History of Feeding Babies||p. 11|
|The Trouble with Spoon-Feeding||p. 14|
|The Benefits of BLW||p. 20|
|Are There Any Disadvantages?||p. 28|
|How Does Baby-Led Weaning Work?||p. 30|
|Growing Skills||p. 30|
|Baby-Led Weaning and Breast-feeding||p. 35|
|The Motivation to Feed||p. 37|
|Needing Extra Nutrients||p. 39|
|Moving Away from Milk Feedings||p. 40|
|Developing the Ability to Chew||p. 41|
|The "Window of Opportunity"||p. 43|
|Eating Enough but Not Too Much: Learning Appetite Control||p. 44|
|Won't He Choke?||p. 46|
|Do Babies Really Know What They Need to Eat?||p. 50|
|Getting Started||p. 62|
|Preparing for BLW||p. 62|
|When to "Eat"||p. 63|
|Finger Food||p. 66|
|Improving Coordination||p. 67|
|Offering Rather Than Giving||p. 69|
|How Much Food to Offer||p. 70|
|Having a Clean Plate||p. 73|
|Rejecting Food||p. 74|
|Helping Your Baby to Learn||p. 75|
|Dealing with Frustration||p. 77|
|Allowing Enough Time||p. 78|
|No Pressure||p. 79|
|Eating Together||p. 79|
|Expect Mess||p. 83|
|The Secrets of Successful BLW||p. 90|
|First Foods||p. 95|
|Basic Principles||p. 95|
|Foods to Avoid||p. 96|
|Allergy Triggers||p. 102|
|Adapting Food in the Early Months||p. 106|
|Dips and Dippers||p. 113|
|Easy Snacks and Food on the Move||p. 117|
|After the Early Days||p. 129|
|Progressing at Your Baby's Pace||p. 129|
|Adventurous Taste Buds||p. 131|
|Learning About Textures||p. 135|
|Runny Foods||p. 137|
|Feast and Famine||p. 138|
|Your Baby's Diaper||p. 139|
|Eating Enough: Learning to Trust Your Baby||p. 141|
|Telling You She's Had Enough||p. 144|
|Food Fads||p. 146|
|Dropping Milk Feedings||p. 150|
|Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner-Plus Snacks||p. 154|
|Baby-Led Weaning and Family Life||p. 157|
|Maintaining a Baby-Led Approach||p. 157|
|Table Manners||p. 163|
|Eating Out||p. 165|
|Bribes, Rewards, and Punishments||p. 171|
|Avoiding the Emotional Battleground||p. 173|
|Going Back to Work||p. 176|
|A Healthy Diet for Everyone||p. 182|
|The Importance of Healthy Eating||p. 182|
|Knowing the Basics||p. 185|
|Variety is the Spice of Life!||p. 186|
|Junk Food||p. 188|
|Vegetarians and Vegans||p. 189|
|Getting the Best Out of the Food You Buy||p. 190|
|A Basic Guide to Nutrients||p. 192|
|Did You Know?||p. 196|
|The Story of Baby-Led Weaning||p. 221|
|Basic Rules for Food Safety||p. 223|
|Photo Credits||p. 229|
|About the Authors||p. 239|
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