Feeding your baby day by day
The perfect book to guide first time moms through weaning.
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When my son turned 5 months old I started researching different weaning methods. There was baby-lead weaning and the more traditional pureed style weaning. And as I was putting books on my wishlist to buy come pay day, this gem by Fiona Wilcock came across my desk.

What makes this book different from the others I looked at were the menu planners for every day for the first year of your baby’s life and the accompanying recipes. I found it really helpful for me as a first time mom because I did not have a clue where to start.

After a few weeks I had got the hang of things and deviated from the plan, swapping out recipes for things we had around the house. 

The book is divided into 3 parts. The first part is dedicated to questions you would have about weaning such as if your baby is ready, information about your babies nutritional needs, foods to avoid and how to use the book depending on if you’re going the traditional route or baby-led weaning. It also gives a shopping list of foods to stock up your pantry and utensils you’ll need for preparing your babies food.

The second part of the book is the meal planners. It’s further divided into 3 stages, with an introduction to each stage letting you know what will be coming up in the next few months. 

The third part is the recipes that accompany the meal planners. In the later stages, the recipes give how many baby and adult portions you’d get out of a recipe so that baby can start eating the same as the family. Which is ultimately the end game, isn’t it?

I think as a first time mother, this is a brilliant book to help you on this exciting journey. I use a lot of the recipes but we’ve settled into a few things that we’d give him for breakfast and rotate it for variety, the same with lunch and supper. We’ve also started giving him finger foods so that he can start feeding himself. The roasted sweet potato sticks were a big hit!

Available at Kalahari.com, Takealot.comand all major book stores.

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