I struggled with the concept of baby-led weaning three years ago when we had our first baby. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to give their baby whole pieces of food before they had even learnt how to move food around in their mouth. Just how could a baby could feed itself before it had actually learnt to eat?
An introduction to baby-led weaning
Three years down the line and I have to admit I’m much more open-minded when it comes to weaning. Yes, I’m still a puree devotee (read my post on baby weaning made easy) but I’m not averse to throwing in a stick of cucumber or a few strands of spaghetti at dinner time. Check out my post on baby and toddler snack ideas for some inspiration of your own.
So somehow, without really realising it, we have found ourselves taking a more blended approach to weaning second time round. A more flexible, hybrid approach as Annabel Karmel describes it in her new baby-led weaning recipe book.
But it’s one thing being open to the approach and it’s another thing actually doing it. To watch your baby gag, as many of them do in the beginning takes nerves of steel. I found it tricky figuring out what I could offer my baby beyond toast and the obvious finger-friendly foods. So I improvised, testing out through trial and error, what worked and what didn’t until Annabel Karmel’s book came along and filled a very open void.
Simple yet practical
The book is filled with simple, yet practical advice on how you can follow a baby-led weaning approach or how to combine it. As well as wonderfully tasty, fun and nutritious meal suggestions that are perfect for the whole family. It’s made me feel inspired and excited about the next stage of our weaning journey and has been aa perfect follow on from Annabel’s Baby and Toddler Meal Planner book.
Win Your Own Copy!
But you don’t have to take my word for it, because you could win your very own signed copy! To celebrate the release of Annabel Karmel’s baby-led weaning book, I have two copies to give away to two lucky readers. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is enter the Gleam competition below. Good luck! *Competition Now Closed*
Disclosure; this is a collaborative post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.