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

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2010-10-05
  • Publisher: Experiment, The

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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
What Is Baby-Led Weaning?p. 1
What is Weaning?p. 1
Why BLW is Differentp. 2
Why BLW Makes Sensep. 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 Newp. 11
A Brief History of Feeding Babiesp. 11
The Trouble with Spoon-Feedingp. 14
The Benefits of BLWp. 20
Are There Any Disadvantages?p. 28
How Does Baby-Led Weaning Work?p. 30
Growing Skillsp. 30
Baby-Led Weaning and Breast-feedingp. 35
The Motivation to Feedp. 37
Needing Extra Nutrientsp. 39
Moving Away from Milk Feedingsp. 40
Developing the Ability to Chewp. 41
The "Window of Opportunity"p. 43
Eating Enough but Not Too Much: Learning Appetite Controlp. 44
Won't He Choke?p. 46
Do Babies Really Know What They Need to Eat?p. 50
Q&Ap. 52
Getting Startedp. 62
Preparing for BLWp. 62
When to "Eat"p. 63
Finger Foodp. 66
Improving Coordinationp. 67
Offering Rather Than Givingp. 69
How Much Food to Offerp. 70
Having a Clean Platep. 73
Rejecting Foodp. 74
Helping Your Baby to Learnp. 75
Dealing with Frustrationp. 77
Allowing Enough Timep. 78
No Pressurep. 79
Eating Togetherp. 79
Expect Messp. 83
Equipmentp. 86
The Secrets of Successful BLWp. 90
Q&Ap. 92
First Foodsp. 95
Basic Principlesp. 95
Foods to Avoidp. 96
Allergy Triggersp. 102
Fatp. 105
Fiberp. 105
Adapting Food in the Early Monthsp. 106
Dips and Dippersp. 113
Breakfastp. 114
Easy Snacks and Food on the Movep. 117
Dessertsp. 118
Q&Ap. 119
After the Early Daysp. 129
Progressing at Your Baby's Pacep. 129
Adventurous Taste Budsp. 131
Learning About Texturesp. 135
Runny Foodsp. 137
Feast and Faminep. 138
Your Baby's Diaperp. 139
Eating Enough: Learning to Trust Your Babyp. 141
Telling You She's Had Enoughp. 144
Food Fadsp. 146
Drinksp. 148
Dropping Milk Feedingsp. 150
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner-Plus Snacksp. 154
Baby-Led Weaning and Family Lifep. 157
Maintaining a Baby-Led Approachp. 157
Silverwarep. 158
Cupsp. 162
Table Mannersp. 163
Eating Outp. 165
Self-Servicep. 169
Bribes, Rewards, and Punishmentsp. 171
Avoiding the Emotional Battlegroundp. 173
Going Back to Workp. 176
A Healthy Diet for Everyonep. 182
The Importance of Healthy Eatingp. 182
Knowing the Basicsp. 185
Variety is the Spice of Life!p. 186
Junk Foodp. 188
Vegetarians and Vegansp. 189
Getting the Best Out of the Food You Buyp. 190
A Basic Guide to Nutrientsp. 192
Did You Know?p. 196
Troubleshootingp. 200
Conclusionp. 219
The Story of Baby-Led Weaningp. 221
Basic Rules for Food Safetyp. 223
Referencesp. 227
Photo Creditsp. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Indexp. 233
About the Authorsp. 239
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