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

Baby-led Weaning

Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no research that supports the current mainstream view that babies should be weaned by being spoon-fed pur es. 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 pur es and weaning spoons, and no more mealtime battles. Simply let your baby feed himself healthy family food.

"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 "could radically simplify infant feeding" Daily Telegraph "[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 "the benefits are great" Independent

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
What is Baby-Led Weaning?p. 15
What is Weaning?p. 15
Why BLW is Differentp. 16
Why BLW Makes Sensep. 18
When Should a Baby Start Solids?p. 19
Why is Some Baby Food Labelled as Suitable from Four Months?p. 23
Baby-led Weaning Isn't Newp. 25
A Brief History of Feeding Babiesp. 26
The Trouble with Spoon-feedingp. 30
The Benefits of BLWp. 34
Are There Any Disadvantages?p. 43
How Does Baby-Led Weaning Work?p. 45
Growing Skillsp. 45
Baby-led Weaning and Breastfeedingp. 50
The Motivation to Feedp. 53
Needing Extra Nutrientsp. 54
Moving Away from Milk Feedsp. 55
Developing the Ability to Chewp. 57
The 'Window of Opportunity'p. 59
Eating Enough but Not Too Much: Learning Appetite Controlp. 60
Won't He Choke?p. 61
Do Babies Really Know What They Need to Eat?p. 66
Q&Ap. 70
Getting Startedp. 78
Preparing for BLWp. 78
When to 'Eat'p. 79
Finger Foodp. 82
Improving Coordinationp. 84
Offering Rather Than Givingp. 86
How Much Food to Offerp. 86
Making a Clean Platep. 89
Rejecting Foodp. 90
Helping Your Baby to Learnp. 92
Dealing With Frustrationp. 93
Allowing Enough Timep. 94
No Pressurep. 95
Eating Togetherp. 96
Expect Messp. 100
Equipmentp. 103
The Secrets of Successful BLWp. 107
Q&Ap. 110
First Foodsp. 113
Basic Principlesp. 113
Foods to Avoidp. 114
Allergy Triggersp. 120
Fatp. 123
Fibrep. 124
Adapting Food in the Early Monthsp. 124
Dips and Dippersp. 131
Breakfastp. 133
Easy Snacks and Food on the Movep. 135
Dessertsp. 136
Q&Ap. 138
After the Early Daysp. 146
Progressing at Your Baby's Pacep. 146
Adventurous Taste-budsp. 148
Learning About Texturesp. 152
Runny Foodsp. 154
Feast and Faminep. 156
Your Baby's Poop. 156
Eating Enough: Learning to Trust Your Babyp. 158
Telling You She's Had Enoughp. 161
Food Fadsp. 163
Drinksp. 166
Dropping Milk Feedsp. 168
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Plus Snacksp. 172
Baby-Led Weaning and Family Lifep. 175
Maintaining a Baby-led Approachp. 175
Cutleryp. 176
Cupsp. 180
Table Mannersp. 182
Eating Outp. 183
Self-servicep. 188
Bribes, Rewards and Punishmentsp. 190
Avoiding the Emotional Battlegroundp. 192
Going Back to Workp. 194
A Healthy Diet for Everyonep. 201
The Importance of Healthy Eatingp. 201
Knowing the Basicsp. 204
Variety is the Spice of Life!p. 206
Junk Foodp. 208
Vegetarians and Vegansp. 209
Getting the Best Out of the Food You Buyp. 210
A Basic Guide to Nutrientsp. 212
Did You Know?p. 216
Troubleshootingp. 220
Conclusionp. 240
The Story of Baby-led Weaningp. 242
Basic Rules for Food Safetyp. 245
Referencesp. 249
Photo Creditsp. 251
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780091923808
ISBN-10: 0091923808
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 6th November 2008
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3