An Honest Review of Baby Led Weaning - MotherlyGive a baby a piece of apple. Sure, they can gnaw at it and eventually eat some of it. It only takes about a million years. Okay, but then be prepared to lose approximately 10 years of your life due to anxiety about your baby choking. If you have time to sit and watch your baby gnaw a piece of food for all of eternity, go for it.
12 of the best baby and child feeding books
When I first heard the phrase " baby led weaning " it didn't really appeal - allowing a baby to basically "self feed" seemed dangerous and I wasn't keen on relinquishing control over such an important aspect of child rearing. In my household we tried to keep some semblance of control. There was no feeding on demand, bed and naptimes were adhered to — we were positively Gina Ford-esque. This also didn't appeal; as I have witnessed in my own family, spoon feeding can make eating together difficult and can sometimes be hard to move away from. As soon as your baby is of an age to start on solids when they're sitting up properly and holding their head up — usually at about six months , the thinking goes, you should include them in mealtimes so they can grab food and join in when they want. Rapley argues that babies crawl, walk and talk at the right time for them — why should eating be any different?
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Need some weaning inspiration? Whether you're using purees or are trying baby-led weaning, there's a guide for everyone in our pick of the best weaning and toddler feeding books By Lucy Dimbylow. Here, we run down 12 of the best weaning books: all packed with recipe ideas, inspiration, and top tips from experts like Annabel Karmel, nutritionist Amanda Ursell and uber-popular baby food blogger Beth Bentley. Do you prefer classic recipes, or do you want to experiment and try something new? At all. Published in conjunction with the NCT, this book is a great introduction to basic weaning principles, including information on spotting the signs that your baby is ready, nutritional advice, food safety and hygiene tips and an at-a-glance weaning planner.