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 calledย 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 Aimรฉe'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. green beans and strawberries. There are pictures of me in the garden wagon eating them as fast as my mom could pick them, even the raw green beans!

  2. Lucky Girl says

    Mac N Cheese! (It still is my favorite!)

  3. Loved and still love watermelon!

  4. I tweeted too!

  5. Lobster fresh from the Caribbean and guacamole!

  6. Strawberries :), my two older kids love them too. Can’t wait to see if the baby loves them too!

  7. I loved my mom’s homemade sloppy joes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Strawberries, spaghetti and tacos – all favourites of my 4 year old daughter too. Waiting to see what Miss 5 weeks old enjoys and looking forward to skipping purees and taking a BLW approach when the time comes!

  9. I loved PBJ sandwich with tomato slices and a glass of chocolate milk (gross, I know!)

  10. I tweeted @MEH0210

  11. I liked a lot of things, but I remember my mother making her own tortillas for our tacos, and I thought that was the best! Thanks for a great post and giveaway, Aimee. My newborn is two months old and we’ll be dealing with this this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I don’t remember my favourite food, but I do remember my least favourite: liver!

  13. I’m pretty sure it was actually pizza (shamefully what it is now) but I liked to be different so I always said “Falafel.”

  14. not really a food, but i was a devil for apple juice. i would scream baba juice until it was delivered to my sippy cup!

  15. I tweeted @amooncallahan

  16. I remember my fifth grade teacher being so impressed when I wrote “tuna loaf” down as my favorite food that she asked me for the recipe. It was tuna with peas and white sauce over biscuits (well, to be clear, it was cream of chicken condensed soup, tuna and canned peas over bisquick biscuits–haven’t replicated it with real food yet!).

  17. My absolute favourite food was my grandmother’s homemade lasagna served with her sauce. Nothing was more comforting then something made with love from her kitchen.

  18. I already own this book and this is how I fed my daughter. She’s now three and eats mostly everything. It was so much easier than pureed foods or prepackaged foods. I recommend it to everyone I know.

  19. Not sure my favorite but I remember eating carrots & peas right out of the garden.

  20. I loved raspberries as a child, and still do! I loved picking them from my grandmother’s garden behind her house. Yum!
    Thanks for a chance to win! These look great!

  21. Elizabeth N. says

    I honestly can’t remember what my favorite food was (I wasn’t too picky) but I do remember really loving ham and cheese noodles and tuna noodles.

  22. Mom’s famous chicken pot pie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. I LOVED cooked (but still crunchy) broccoli as a kid. I always requested those “green trees” for dinner!
    I still love it, but tend to call it broccoli now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Strawberries!!!! Where I have lived my whole life the entire community is filled with wonderful winter strawberries!!!

  25. baked potatoes… i still love to eat them!

  26. Broccoli! Never raw though- it had to be steamed ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  27. Does ice cream count? ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. I can’t remember what I ate as a small child. I’m guessing I wasn’t that focused on food ๐Ÿ™‚ As an older child, however, popcorn, strawberries, and bread!

  29. Grapes!

  30. For every birthday dinner growing up I requested my mom’s “Season-All” chicken legs, canned asparagus, and mashed potatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. This sounds gross to me now, but I loved to eat fried bologna sandwiches as a kid.

  32. Pretty much anything sweet!

  33. I loved cucumbers and unsalted peanuts!

  34. I also tweeted about the competition! I just started feeding my 6 month old and I’ve thought about baby led, but have made some purees because it seems easy for me. I think I need to read these books!

  35. I loved strawberries!

  36. I hope I’m not too late….
    My favorite food as a kid was my Nana’s spaghetti and meatballs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Pickles!

  38. Tweeted too!

  39. My parents tell me I was a cheese-a-holic. Still am.

  40. My favourite was always pasta and still is. My mother would tell me that I needed to eat something different, but she would make it so many different ways to get me to eat different foods (i.e. pasta with peas, with squash, rabbit)

  41. Kient Girl says

    A favorite: sweet potatoes.
    We are due with our first in June and plan to use BLW/BLF. I would love to win this!

  42. Julie Nortcliffe says

    my fav food was my mom’s homemade pizza

  43. Definitely pizza. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. My favorite food to eat as a kid was ice cream…and I guess it still is! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. I loved to drink apple juice:-)

  46. Hmm–I’m remembering loving rice pilaf when we had it with dinner… And my moms homemade pies and breads! Thanks for this giveaway! I’m a young mom and pediatrician so I’d love to learn more about BLW!

  47. My grandma’s apple pie!

  48. P to the B to the J ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Quesadillas

  50. My favorite food as a child was my mother’s chicken tenders!