The Baby-Led Weaning Family Cookbook

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This book will be released on August 2, 2017. I received a copy through NetGalley.

As I am planning on baby-led weaning our son when he’s old enough, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. Baby-led weaning is basically just placing large pieces of food in front of your child and letting them explore. This book is a fantastic concept, meals that are full of large chunks of food for baby to pick apart and eat, but still tasty enough to serve to the rest of the family.

It starts out with an overview of baby-led weaning with tons of great tips, and then proceeds with dozens of recipes that have components baby can grasp and feed themselves. All of the recipes seem really easy, no more than 4 or 5 steps each. I’ve saved a couple to try later, such as delicious sounding bean burgers.

Overall this is an amazing resource if you want to try baby-led weaning but don’t want to prepare an extra meal for your baby, and still want them to eat well. Some of the recipes I do not think I will be trying however. There are a few stew and soup recipes that while they are full of large pieces of food, I feel like it is way too messy for a baby to eat with their hands. BLW is messy in general, no need to make it more so, at least in my opinion.

Also, some of the recipes involve ingredients that I just wouldn’t normally buy, such as lamb. However, this collection does an amazing job of giving you options so that your baby can try as many different foods as possible. If you try cooking from this book, not only will your baby eat well, but the rest of your family will as well.

This book also reminds you of the foods your baby shouldn’t be eating by noting on the side what parts should be served separately to the rest of the family such as anything too salty, or things to leave out completely such as mayo, which contains uncooked egg.

There is a wide range of recipes to choose from, so any family can benefit from using this book. They’re sure to find something they will like.

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