Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater

By Gill Rapley, PhD, Tracey Murkett

The Experiment, 9781615195589, 280pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

List Price: 15.95*
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Now completely updated and expanded, this is the authoritative guide to baby-led weaning (115,000 copies in print)!

Forget baby purées and spoon-feeding—there’s an easier, more natural way for parents to introduce their baby to solid foods. By about six months—when babies can sit up unassisted, grab things, and “munch” on them—they are ready to join the family at the kitchen table and discover food for themselves. 

Now, ten years after the first publication of this guide, baby-led weaning is a global movement. Here originators of the concept Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett update their guidelines on baby-led weaning, recap its many benefits, and offer parents all-new research on how to feed their little one. Baby-led weaning is:

•     Good for baby’s development and lifelong health
•     More convenient for parents than purées
•     Just as safe as spoon-feeding.

About the Author

Gill Rapley, PhD, the pioneering champion of baby-led weaning, has studied infant feeding and child development for many years. She worked as a public health nurse for more than 20 years, and has also been a midwife, lactation consultant, and breastfeeding counselor. She lives in Kent, England, with her husband and has three grown-up children, all of whom tried their best to show her that they didn’t need any help with solid foods.

Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer and journalist and a volunteer mother-to-mother breastfeeding helper. After following baby-led weaning with her own daughter, she wanted to help to spread the word about how enjoyable and stress-free mealtimes with babies and young children can be. She lives in London with her partner and their daughter.

Praise For Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater

Winner of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Award, 2011
“Baby-led weaning . . . might be the best thing to happen in the high chair since the invention of the bib.”—Parents

“[Rapley and Murkett] encourage parents to forgo the usual baby puree 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
“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.”—Guardian
“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
“Watching [baby Mirah] 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. . . . and since we are generally sharing the same meal, I am more likely to make us all something healthy.”—Aimee Pohl,
“No purees, no ice cube trays, no food processor, no potato masher . . . just you and your child, eating food that you enjoy . . . [My baby] adored feeding herself while her parents ate their own meals. 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.”—Aitch, founder of