Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid

Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid The Natural, No Fuss, No PurEe Method for Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods Baby Led Weaning makes life so much easier The Times, London 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 purEes and make the transition to solid food by following your baby s cuesAt 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 s development, and shows you how to help your baby Participate in family meals right from the startExperiment with food at his or her own paceDevelop new abilities, including hand eye coordination and chewingLearn to love a variety of foods and to enjoy mealtimesBaby 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 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 This is one of themilitant parenting books I ve read There is no grey area or allowance for any horrible pur es to touch your precious baby s lips Given that the authors speak with such authority, and condemn most other feeding guidelines, I was surprised that they didn t include any in text citations, and only had 9 references one from 1928 Seriously There is also inaccurate information about introducing allergens There are some interesting ideas, but it s hard to wade through all This is one of themilitant parenting books I ve read There is no grey area or allowance for any horrible pur es to touch your precious baby s lips Given that the authors speak with such authority, and condemn most other feeding guidelines, I was surprised that they didn t include any in text citations, and only had 9 references one from 1928 Seriously There is also inaccurate information about introducing allergens There are some interesting ideas, but it s hard to wade through all the self righteousness and testimonials to get at the useful bits Could probably just have made a pamphlet with the words, baby eats what you do, don t stress about it too much I try to keep up with my daughter s reading about child rearing, since it gives me an understanding of her approach to raising her baby, my precious granddaughter I am so glad I read this book When my daughter started introducing finger foods to her six month old, and I saw the little one gag , I was horrified and thought she was about to choke I was used to babies having pureed foods and had a hard time understanding that babies could eat everything their parents eat within reason and that I try to keep up with my daughter s reading about child rearing, since it gives me an understanding of her approach to raising her baby, my precious granddaughter I am so glad I read this book When my daughter started introducing finger foods to her six month old, and I saw the little one gag , I was horrified and thought she was about to choke I was used to babies having pureed foods and had a hard time understanding that babies could eat everything their parents eat within reason and that they should feed themselves from day one of weaning.This book helped me understand my daughter s approach to solid foods and re assured me that my granddaughter would not choke to death or starve because of it I learned much that I had not known before The latest thinking is that babies should not be introduced to solids until six months of age They can be given much the same food as their family, as long as the food is such that they can grasp it in their little hands In the first few months, babies will play with solid foods, exploring their color, smell, texture, but that is no reason to worry, as they are still gaining their main nutrients from their mother s milk Given sufficient exposure to a variety of foods, babies will learn the skills for feeding themselves and will also take whatever they need They may not take a balanced meal in one go but will, over days, take what is required They need to eat with the family and be given all the time they need to feed Babies do not need to be spoon fed by adults Given time and opportunity, they will learn to feed themselves Yes, mealtimes will be messy, but that s OK Most important of all they will not choke over solids Babies have a gaging reflex that prevents large pieces of food approaching the air passage, and they will cough out food they cannot swallow, PROVIDED they are sitting upright With this approach, where babies are given both opportunity and time to feed themselves, parents can avoid the possibility of their babies eating too fast or too much, and so avoid having children who are obese This is a major factor in today s world where so many adults and children are overweight.This book provided me with the knowledge to relax and go along with my daughter s approach Because of it I can anticipate watching with pleasure my granddaughter learn to feed herself This ties in with raising an independent, confident, childthe goal of childrearing This isn t bad, although far too anecdote focused for my taste and oddly defensively repetitious about not needing to be concerned if your baby isn t chubby that focusing on that is somehow old fashioned and raises the spectre of obesity which is just plain odd One of the interesting things about baby books is the crazy insistence on One Right Way and a weird distortion of facts to ensure that parents don t make the wrong decision according to the expert when faced with ambiguous science This isn t bad, although far too anecdote focused for my taste and oddly defensively repetitious about not needing to be concerned if your baby isn t chubby that focusing on that is somehow old fashioned and raises the spectre of obesity which is just plain odd One of the interesting things about baby books is the crazy insistence on One Right Way and a weird distortion of facts to ensure that parents don t make the wrong decision according to the expert when faced with ambiguous science This book suffers from that a bit too, but overall, if you leave out the logical fallacies of this causes this so that can t cause this it must cause the opposite and correlation not causation so I fed my baby this way, he has a healthy relationship with food, therefore if you feed your baby that way, you deserve the picky eater obese kid you re gonna get you will run into some sensible advice, like not resorting to airplane and shoveling food into your kid if s he doesn t want it, providing finger foods and accepting the messiness, giving the baby what you re eating rather than preparing something totally different, not worrying so much about choking Oh, another odd thing the book is sure that preparing pur es and single ingredient baby food is onerous, but if you ve got a microwave and a food processor or a steamer basket and potato masher this is clearly not the case, so it s another make the fact fit the theory for me.What I find creepy about all these books is how once read, their words become aphorisms restated all over the Internet and in momversations So much easier than making pur es really Making your food with no spices salt or changing your family diet is easier than putting a pear in a blender and having six baby meals done It must be a wonder week regardless of time or, you know, babies are not consistent in their moods or behaviors because they re people not automatons , blowouts don t happen with cloth diapers or blowouts only happen with cloth diapers , or the dreaded boys r this way girls rthat way I know cuz I have two boys and one girl and one of the boys is all BoyStereotype and the other one isn t but obviously he s an anomaly cause I have the one stereotypical one, food before one is just for fun right, food is complementary to milk formula but this is going a bit far and explains the defensiveness on the skinny vs chubby baby front , etc.It s like a sea of refusal to admit that there isn t one right way in the face of our need to blame everything on something, primarily on parenting style or parenting choices so we can pretend it is all within our control Or should be within that other parent s control, anyway, why is her kid a biter I definitely plan to use this method to introduce solids However, the book itself was not muchuseful then the website The authors repeated themselves a lot I think they were trying to find a way to fill up a whole book but failed at that But redundancy aside, this book did raise my confidence in trying this with my daughter I liked the explanations about the gag reflex as well as as their logic for things like if they are eating enough and giving the baby control of feeding and cho I definitely plan to use this method to introduce solids However, the book itself was not muchuseful then the website The authors repeated themselves a lot I think they were trying to find a way to fill up a whole book but failed at that But redundancy aside, this book did raise my confidence in trying this with my daughter I liked the explanations about the gag reflex as well as as their logic for things like if they are eating enough and giving the baby control of feeding and choices So I would probably recommend the website first Then if someone was still unsure about using this method with their baby I d recommend the book Most of what is touched on on the website is repeated in the book with just some further explanation

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