Books


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Baby led weaning

Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food (Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett)

The original BLW bible – a must-read 🙂

Cookbooks

The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy (Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett)

Technically you don’t need a baby cookbook as you’ll mostly be serving your baby family foods; but I found the ideas of how to serve useful and it helped prompt me to mix up our diet a bit and try new things.

River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook (Nikki Duffy)

Contains info on traditional weaning/purees too but has a strongly baby led focus and lots of delicious family meal ideas.

Super Food for Superchildren: Delicious, low-sugar recipes for healthy, happy children, from toddlers to teens (Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot & Bridget Surtees) 

I don’t have this but I’ve included it because I think it looks fab and it’s on my Christmas list!

Feeding families

French Kids Eat Everything: How our family moved to France, cured picky eating, banned snacking and discovered 10 simple rules for raising happy, healthy eaters (Karen Le Billon)

One family’s story about how they conquered bad eating habits by emulating the French. I don’t agree with everything in the French model (for instance, not breastfeeding on demand) but many of the rules make perfect sense.

My Child Won’t Eat!: How to enjoy mealtimes without worry (Carlos Gonzalez)

Reassuring book by a Spanish paediatrician discussing what you do when you don’t think your baby eats enough.

Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense (Ellyn Satter)

Another book looking at giving control of what they eat back to the child.

General nutrition

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Michael Pollan)

Not baby specific, but just a quick read packed with common sense about how we should eat. Any of his books on food will be a good read and useful in helping you understand nutrition. I’d also recommended The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World (reissued) and Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.

The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor (Mark Schatzker)

Not about babies or weaning but really interesting read about food, flavour and nutrition.

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (Bee Wilson)

Fascinating read about how we learn to eat and what happens if it goes wrong.

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