2-Book Giveaway: Baby-Led Weaning and The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook

Today’s post is a follow-up to yesterday’s baby-led feeding update: I’m giving away the books that started it all!

While I was still pregnant with Clara, my doula tipped me off to a method for introducing solids called Baby-Led Weaning, or as I like to call it, Baby Led Feeding, as I’m not weaning her from nursing just yet.

Seeing as this blog is about feeding our families simply, the no-puree, baby-led weaning method for introducing solid foods to baby was a natural fit from the very beginning.

Feeding Clara what we eat has worked out really well for us, improving both our mealtime and Clara’s diet. She’s progressed so well with baby-led feeding, amazing us with her chewing skills, coordination and dexterity. And as of now, she is a very adventurous eater.

Here are the two books that introduce baby-led weaning and the recipes — and a chance to win them both!

First up: Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods – and Helping Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater.

My copy of this book is currently making its rounds among my girlfriends who also expanded their families last year, but I read it cover to cover before I let it go.

Authors Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett have written the complete guide to baby-led weaning that answers all your questions, explains why this method makes perfect sense, and offers a wealth of suggestions for getting started and carrying through to toddler-hood.

In Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods you’ll discover how to read the signs that show your baby is ready to start solids, foods to begin with, and how to progress to utensils when the time is right.

Next up: The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat Solid Foods – and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy.

Hot off the press in 2012 is the ingenious cookbook to accompany the baby-led weaning method. My favorite part? It contains recipes I can also prepare for Danny and the boys without anyone complaining about ‘baby food’.

One of our favorite recipes are the simple Chickpea Patties that are delicious stuffed into warm pita bread and topped off with a zesty tatziki sauce.

Most of the recipes are very basic, I will admit, but the book has been helpful with balancing Clara’s diet. It clearly lays out a baby’s nutritional needs and how to meet them, as wells as lists foods to avoid.

The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook also begins with a basic overview of the baby-led weaning method, should you only wish to purchase one book.


**This giveaway has ended. Check back on Sunday for the winner to be announced!**

Thanks to the publishers at The Experiment, I have one copy of each book to giveaway to one reader.

To enter: Leave a comment on this post and tell me your absolute favorite food to eat as a child.

One extra entry:

Follow @simplebites and @experimentbooks on Twitter and tweet the following:

“I want to win ‘Baby-Led Weaning’ and ‘The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook’ from @experimentbooks on @simplebites. bit.ly/RX6CgH #BLW”

Be sure to leave a second comment here letting me know you tweeted. Good luck to all!

Giveaway will close on Wednesday, January 16, at 11:59 pm EST!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I seriously don’t remember my favorite food as a very young child. I was always pretty passionate about any fruit and as I got older I really really enjoyed things like my sister’s salsa!

    I use baby led weaning with my boys and loooove feeding them new foods.

  2. I’m currently hesitatingly venturing into baby led weaning with my six month old daughter so I’d LOVE to win these books. My favourite childhood food was definitely my mom’s homemade cottage cheese perogies. Yum!

  3. Emily Brown says

    poached eggs on toast….mama would poach them perfectly then cut the toast in to bite size squares. each square had a piece of egg and “gravy” …yum!!!