What if you could skip the tiny jars and pouches of bland baby food in favor of a more natural, flavor-filled, and family-friendly transition to solid foods? Baby-led feeding (also known as baby-led weaning) is just that. Feeding your baby a variety of healthy, wholesome solid foods, rather than relying solely on purees, is thought to promote motor skills and establish lifelong healthy eating habits. Here, author and food editor at Parents magazine Jenna Helwig gives an easy-to-follow introduction to this popular new method. With more than 100 ideas and recipes, this bright, photo-driven book includes chapters on the benefits of this approach, when and how to get started, essential safety and nutrition guidelines, frequently asked questions, basic fruit and vegetable prep, more complex finger foods, and family meals. All recipes have been reviewed by a registered dietitian and include nutrition information to ensure a healthy mealtime.
About the Author
JENNA HELWIG is the food director at Real Simple and former food editor at Parents magazine, as well as a freelance writer, culinary instructor, and personal chef. She also founded Rosaberry, a culinary services company devoted to helping families eat better.
"If the ultimate goal is to create a positive food environment for your baby, and ultimately for your whole family, I can't think of a more clear roadmap for parents than Jenna Helwig's book. Clear, approachable, and, most important, fun, it's the kind of manual that is destined to be the most sauce-stained and dog-eared in your kitchen." —Jenny Rosenstratch, author of Dinner, a Love Story
"It starts with food—real food—and Baby-Led Feeding lays the foundation for a healthy relationship with food that lasts a lifetime. Jenna Helwig has written a comprehensive guide to baby-led feeding that is smart, approachable, and fun. From first bites to family dinner, this book equips parents to confidently feed their children as well as nurture a wholesome approach to eating." —Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, SimpleBites.net