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I used this book for my three boys, now 7,6 & 5. Of course you can adapt it to fit into your family’s routine! I slightly altered the timings in the book, but I had very happy routined children, with 3 under 3 I had too!! It worked for them & me. It’s great for recipes but also telling you what foods & why to introduce first and what to stay away from until they are older. I’m using this again now with my baby ☺️
I'm a huge Gina Ford fan and followed her CLB routines for our son. We are now on to the CLT routines. I hadn't intended buying an additional weaning book, but I found this book invaluable in working out how to introduce different foods through the weaning process. Our son took to food like a duck to water and thanks to this book, I ended up introducing him to foods I never would have even thought of for a baby!
The second and third stage weaning recipes are super simple and delicious for adults too. I'm a big fan of all the soups and would often steal a bowl for myself when cooking for my son! There are some great tips for how to deal with common weaning problems, and helpful guidelines on balancing nutrition and reducing milk intake.
You don't need to follow the CLB routines to get benefit from this book - you can just take the ideas and adapt them to your own baby/routine.
My wife loves any book by Gina Ford - and this one is no exception. I will be upfront - she has a certain style about her that you will either love or loath (Gina Ford that is...not my wife)! What Gina Ford is trying to do is balance the needs of the baby and supporting you as parents. All her books seem to be written in a military style - and you must conform!
This book is no exception. However, it provides you with some wonderful and sound advice - and my wife is delighted in how we have moved our baby from milk only to partial solid foods and so on. Great advice about what types of food are important and recipes etc. Coupled with amounts and timings - very precise but if you follow through with the advice, you get lots and lots of time back. As I say, please be aware, you have to be religious in what you are doing, and if you deviate from the advice, it can be disastrous.
My 2 grandchildren love healthy foods as they were weaned on this book. It introduces foods one at a time to train their taste buds. It also helps highlight foods that baby's might react badly to or be allergic to as well as finding out what they like and dislike. It gives a step by step diary and guide to weaning with recipes and tips. My daughter made food in batches and used ice cube trays to freeze what she had prepared. She would use a cube/s as and when needed which meant foods were always prepared when she got home from work. The children loved the food and have always had good appetites and we all put it down to this book.
This book provides weaning guidelines and recipes which I found useful as a first time parent. This is the only Gina Ford publication that I have used, and when I first looked at it I thought her regime seemed really strict and that I wouldn't use it. However I found it really useful, in particular with regards to how much to feed little one and how much to reduce her milk by. I didn't follow the regime religiously, rather using it as a guideline. The recipes were fine, although I tended to use the Annabel Karmel meal planner book for more ideas.
I didn't find this book helpful. The author's approach to weaning is not flexible and too many rigid rules. It is also a bit old book and as we know, the guidelines on babies weaning do change so often. Maybe an updated version would be good. No illustrations of the recipes inside the book which makes it harder for the first time parents.
I followed Gina's Contended Little Babies routine so this was a natural extension for me. It's brilliant for 1st stage weaning as it tells you exactly which foods to introduce when and in which quantities, giving easy to cook recipes. One less thing to think / worry about! The 'guidelines' become very loose as of the 2nd stage and the majority of the recipes provided are the back end of stage two, when baby can chew and take finger food, which is a bit of a shame. Would still recommend it though.
I found this really helpful, as I weaned 'early'. It was useful to have some guidance on food preparation for babies and the types of food that are age appropriate. However after 6 months I found the advice conflicted with that of my health visitor. Gina recommends particular foods for particular ages, right up to 1 year old and beyond, whereas my HV advised any virtually any food is acceptable after 6 months. I guess each parent and baby is different, but once I reached 6 months i was much more relaxed about the types of food allowed my baby to try.
Excellent purchase if like me you are looking for guidance when weaning. I knew that I didn't want to use jars or shop bought food and this book was highly recommended. It gives advice specifically relating to food groups as well as a step by step guide, recipes and answers common questions throughout. Useful for all stages of weaning and for different ages of children. I am gradually working through it and so far my son is happily transitioning from milk to food. I am thrilled with it and will now recommend it to others.