Praise for Baby-Led Weaning

"I've been telling mothers for years that when babies start grabbing food from the table, they are ready for solids. I had the pleasure of observing this with my own children. What I love about this book is the joy and zest the authors put into parenting, their commonsense approach, and their faith that babies will do the right things for themselves when the time is right. Baby-led weaning is easy, and it makes parenting fun!"

Nikki Lee RN, MS, IBCLC

"Gill Rapley's work is amazing and makes so much sense. I recommend this groundbreaking book to every new mother I know. Read it. It will forever change the way you think about feeding your baby."

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, and coauthor of Breastfeeding Made Simple

"[Rapley and Murkett] encourage parents to forgo the usual baby purée and move straight to whole foods while continuing to breastfeed primarily after a baby is six months old. Their arguments are scientifically sound, especially when it comes to muscle development in the mouth, and they address the anticipated counterarguments. . . . If mine were little again, I would definitely try this. As long as mom is nursing, who says baby can't eat lamb chops?"

Library Journal, starred review

"It sounds like common sense: After all, would you want to be strapped into a high chair and force-fed spoon after spoon of bland vegetables? It's surely much more exciting to be able to exercise a bit of control over your diet."

The Guardian

"The benefits are great."


"[Baby-led weaning] makes life so much easier."

The Times (London)

"Sharing food with Mirah has turned out to be one of the great joys of parenting. Watching her respond to the pleasures of ripe tomatoes, curried rice noodles, and all kinds of meats and vegetables has made mealtime a much more enjoyable experience for all three of us. We can tell she is learning through all of her senses about how various substances respond to being crumbled or dropped or mushed. She seems to really like that she is eating the same foods as we are, and since we are generally sharing the same meal, I am more likely to make us all something healthy."

Aimee Pohl,

"I see many happy children, who choose their own food independently and eat at their own pace."

Stephan Kleintjes, pediatric dietitian

"It's been wonderful, and very funny, watching her discover food, her great concentration in navigating new textures and exploring new tastes. . . . One of our favorite things about baby-led weaning is its emphasis on families eating together."

Nicola Kent, The Guardian

"The thing I really love about baby-led weaning is that my son can actively participate in family meals. . . . I love that I don't have to cook two different meals, I simply have to adjust our family meal to ensure it's suitable for him. . . . We're having a blast watching our little man truly learn to enjoy and appreciate food in all of its glory. And it's so much easier than purées!"

"As a child psychiatrist, I have worked on a team for children with feeding difficulties. . . . One of the main things I would recommend to these families is giving the child control, and allowing them to have small successes to build on rather than pushing food on them and ending up in a battle. . . . I believe strongly in baby-led play (again, something I would teach at work) and babyled routines rather than routines being forced on babies to suit parents' lifestyles (as suggested by at least one popular parenting book). So this intuitively makes sense to me."

"You just hand them the food in a suitably sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don't they won't. . . . That's the essence of baby-led weaning. No purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no potato masher . . . just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy with you and your family. . . . I can't even begin to tell you how pleasant it is to eat in a restaurant with your baby-led weaning child chomping on a piece of bread and butter or a chunk of cucumber from your salad beside you."