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Simple & Safe Baby-Led Weaning: How to Integrate Foods, Master Portion Sizes, and Identify Allergies Paperback – January 28, 2020
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Start your little one on solid foods the healthy way. Simple & Safe Baby-Led Weaning empowers you to help your baby feed themselves while they develop motor skills and an adventurous palate. Learn when to begin baby-led weaning and what to expect along the way while also getting practical advice for creating balanced, whole-food meals that your baby can eat alongside the rest of the family.
Go beyond other baby food books about feeding, with advice for:
- Getting started―Discover a basic overview of how baby-led weaning works, and find out if and when it’s the right approach for your baby.
- Staying safe―Breathe easy with safety guidelines that include information on prohibited foods and smart kitchen habits.
- Identifying allergies―Find out how to navigate or even prevent allergies and sensitivities as your baby tries new foods for the first time.
Help your baby take the lead on their exploration of solid foods with this accessible guide to baby-led weaning.
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"Parents have asked and Malina has delivered an easy-to-follow, fun-to-read, well-researched guide to baby-led weaning. Malina artfully combines practical advice rooted in child development with the most current recommendations on introducing allergenic foods and dealing with picky eaters. I will certainly recommend it to my patients."—Lauren Carton, MD
"Malina Malkani will help boost the confidence of overwhelmed new parents gearing up to feed their babies solid food for the first time. Malkani's balanced approach to feeding babies stems from her own experience as a mother of three, as well as her role as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Simple & Safe Baby-Led Weaning is full of practical guidance backed by scientific research that will help all parents feel comfortable as they progress through the journey of feeding children. This is a must-have addition to a new parent's bookshelf!"—Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, Culinary Nutrition Expert, and mom of two, JessicaLevinson.com
"Progressing past the baby food stage to solid food can be tricky to navigate, especially for new parents. Balancing the need for healthy foods with the threat of choking can be daunting. Fear no more! Every parent will be empowered with more confidence following the safe, simple, and easy to use Simple & Safe Baby-Led Weaning by pediatric dietitian, mom, and expert, Malina Malkani. Loaded with tips, feeding guidelines, serving sizes, nutrition information, and suggested menus—this book belongs on every family bookcase."— Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RDN, LD, No Nonsense Nutrition, LLC, Director of Nutrition for WebMD
About the Author
MALINA LINKAS MALKANI, MS, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a nutrition lifestyle company and private practice (MalinaMalkani.com). She is a nutrition expert for media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, Reader’s Digest, and Food Network.
- Publisher : Rockridge Press (January 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 164611194X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1646111947
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #1 in Cooking for Kids (Books)
- #2 in Baby Food Cooking
- #9 in Baby & Toddler Parenting
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Drawbacks: It would have been nice to have just a couple recipes in each section to help really be able to get started, although there are options to serve foods singly. Organizationally, I would have liked to see the allergy section and the "foods to avoid in the first year" at the beginning of the book up perhaps with other emergency and health concerns like choking. In my mind some allergic reactions and choking are on similar playing field. Portion sizes and frequency would be helpful to know. For instance, as a working mom I am not comfortable letting daycare handle this when my little is just beginning...is it important to offer three meals, is one fine, two, since it is for practice and baby is still getting most calories from milk?
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There are chapters which are short, to the point, evidence based: e.g. how and when to introduce different textures; how to balance the meal (protein/fruit or veg/carbs); how to encourage baby to feed herself, and when to tell she is ready for the next stage. Also a chapter on the motor development and when you can start to progress to a different portion size safely.
Before I had this book I had started to puree everything and exhaust myself by buying endless pots, putting this in the freezer, buying pouches - but I feel like I've been set free!
I have been using the book for about two weeks and this morning baby tried a bit of my boiled egg while we happily ate breakfast together (she's just six months). She is already able to pick up bits of food and feed herself.
This book has just given me the practical tools to feed my baby and managed to free up my time because now when I eat, she eats and I have actually stopped having worry about whether I have puree in the fridge - and of course it's one less thing to stress about!
Highly, highly recommend this book.
Be warned: this is NOT a recipe book - if that's what you're looking for I would recommend the traditional Annabel Karmel book (which I also have).
The book is split into three useful parts - the first explains why BLW is a good approach and how to know if your baby is ready and also gives tips for beginning the process of BLW successfully. The second part explains how to make balanced meals for your baby and how to prepare a large selection of first foods safely. Part three goes into detail about food allergies and how to expose your baby to foods that typically cause allergies safely.
All in all, a must have if you are just starting out on your BLW journey!