Put down the spoon and forget the purées -- baby-led weaning is the easy, natural way for your baby to start solid foods. Around 6 months, most babies are developmentally ready to self-feed. The philosophy behind baby-led weaning is to offer your baby healthy finger foods and let her determine how much or how little she wants to eat. The baby-led method has been proven to:
Author Teresa Pitman, a leading parenting authority and mother of four, has put together all you need to know about the baby-led method in an informative, visually appealing package. Baby-Led Weaning features at-a-glance nutrition and food tips as well as specific chapters on special diets and allergies. Parents around the world are turning to the baby-led method, and Baby-Led Weaning is a uniquely authoritative and lively volume on this growing phenomenon.
Teresa Pitman has been writing about parenting for more than 30 years. She was the "Steps and Stages" columnist for Today's Parent and has written for many other publications, including Mothering, Chatelaine, Canadian Living and more. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding and The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Between 2007 and 2010, Teresa was Executive Director of La Leche League Canada, an organization that supports breastfeeding parents. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
An excellent resource for both new and seasoned parents. It's filled with everything parents could want to know to get their child started with solid foods. The book covers everything from signs of readiness and first foods, to safe feeding practices, to special diets and allergies. It has great information on setting the stage for lifelong, healthy eating habits and even includes some great recipes. It covers what parents can expect and what to do if problems, like constipation, arise. Teresa Pitman does a good job of sharing fact-based information in an easy to understand, engaging way
Pitman, a grandmother and longtime La Leche League leader, convincingly argues that babies and toddlers like being able to choose and pick up foods themselves. In the process, they learn to listen to their bodies and figure out what and how much to eat. Later in life, as a result, they're less likely to become obese. Pitman mixes anecdotes about her own grandkids with advice about how to know when it's OK to start solid foods after the first six months. She also includes a few baby-friendly recipes, such as hummus, oatmeal pancakes, and yogurt-and-applesauce ice pops, and offers first-food no-no's, such as spicy foods, processed meats, and honey, which may contain botulism spores that can make babies very ill. An index makes it easy to turn to subjects, including "allergies." Adorable photos of healthy, smiling babies with nicely cut-up fruits and vegetables on their high-chair trays help Pitman illustrate the case for baby-led weaning.