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The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook

UPDATE (10/2/12): Unfortunately, I did not hear back from our original winner. Congratulations to our alternate winner for "The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook" -- Robin Pfefer.

UPDATE (9/29/12): I am happy to announce that Kashia Clopper is the winner of "The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook".

When I was first thinking about using the Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) model for Henry, I was unsure about whether it would really work. I was excited about BLW’s claims of less stressful meals that the whole family could share together. Plus, I was all for encouraging Henry to gain new skills by learning about the shapes, textures, colors, smells and flavors of food. This sounded ideal in theory, but would it work in practice?

After some fun but ineffective attempts at letting Henry feed himself, I went in search of resources to learn more about BLW. I needed to learn how to prepare meals for our family in which Henry could participate. That’s when I found “The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook” by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. 

The Baby-Led Weaning CookbookThis cookbook taught me how to assemble meals that our whole family can enjoy together. It helped me prepare foods that will work for Henry’s current abilities and challenge him to develop new competencies at the table. I learned what to expect with BLW: the mess, the gag reflex, and the change in diaper outputs. I also gained an appreciation for the philosophical difference between spoon-feeding and BLW; BLW de-emphasizes quantity, and focuses more on trusting my baby to decide how much to eat and learn when his appetite is satisfied. Of course, it is also a great cookbook – so for the rest of this week, I’ll be cooking with “The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook” and reviewing several of the recipes.

When I decided to review this cookbook, I wanted to be able to share it with other parents. I decided to take a leap and contacted the authors to ask if they would be willing to sponsor a giveaway contest. I was thrilled when Gill Rapley and The Experiment Publishing agreed to offer the cookbook as a prize. 

That’s right -- How to Feed a Henry is giving away a copy of “The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook” to one lucky reader!

So how do you enter?
  1. Leave a comment below with your name and the title of your favorite How to Feed a Henry blog post.
  2. If you are a fan of How to Feed a Henry on facebook, you are entitled to a second entry. If not, you can become one here: Just leave a comment below to let me know you’re a facebook fan.
This contest ends on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST. One winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries using Good luck!

All the messy details: All U.S. residents 18 years of age and older are eligible to participate. Entrants must have a valid email and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). The contest will run until Friday, Saturday 28, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST. The winner will be announced in the comment section below and on the How to Feed a Henry facebook page by Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST. I will also attempt to contact the winner directly by email.

The winner must respond to with their shipping address by Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST to claim their prize. If the winner does not respond within the required timeframe, an alternate winner will be selected.

This prize is valued at $15.95 USD and will be mailed to the winner directly from the book publisher (The Experiment – No purchase necessary. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.


  1. I would like to enter! This is my favorite post - the only one I've read so far. :) I am looking forward to reading more!

  2. Hi I'm a new fan! I enjoyed reading your posts like the one about the straw and what your 8 month old is eating. I would live to win this book as we are slowly introducing foods BLW style, but we aren't full of ideas. Kashia Clopper

  3. My favorite entry so far is Are you sure it’s okay to give Henry meat?.

    I'm also a fan on FB for a second entry. Thank you!

  4. It's so hard to pick a favorite, but I'll go with "is fish a baby food?" my little baby is just 1 month now, but I love reading about your food journey with Henry!
    .Meghan De Luca
    Ps: I'm also a FB fan!

  5. Hi Holly! As you know, we don't have kids yet, but I've been reading your blog with fascination, and would love to win the cookbook so I'll be prepared for that stage! My favorite blog so far was Drinking from a Straw. My first thought on the one you posted before that about the problems with sippy cups was, "I wonder if babies are able to use straws?" and then there it was :) I'm a FB fan now, too. Didn't even realize there was a FB page! Robin McDannald

  6. Five-Spice Salmon with Zucchini Spears!

    I love Henry's photo on this post, plus I LOVE Salmon.
    I am SO excited for the day Letta will try her first taste of salmon!

    -Katrina + Letta

  7. Hi! I'm new and a FB fan. My favorite post is Five-Spice Salmon with Zucchini Spears because I hate fish but want my child to like them (he's 4 months so I'm still in the BLW research phase).

  8. I love the posts on Henry drinking water. Maybe because E also loves drinking water right now. :)

    Oh and I am a fan on FB, of course!

  9. Hi! Love your blog - I found it while trying to help improve my 9 month old baby girl's iron content in her diet. So I really appreciate your meat posts - but my favorite is the pancake breakfast! We did that too :-)

  10. Hello! My name is Carolina and my partner and I are devouring your blog as we are soon to start our weaning journey with our second child. We did not do BLW with the first, did not know about it and had a horrible experience so we were looking for other alternatives to spoon feeding and found your site. I have to thank you all the effort you put on it, it is a really great value for me. Thanks.

    Well my favorite post is "A Family Pancake Breakfast". The reason is because it was Henry's first time really eating, not playing with food and you sound very happy writing about it.

  11. Good morning! Thank you all for entering "The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook" giveaway contest. I am happy to announce that Kashia Clopper is the winner.

    Kashia - please respond to with your shipping address by Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST to claim this prize.

  12. Unfortunately, I have not heard from our original winner by the deadline, so I drew an alternate. Congratulations to Robin Pfefer!

    Robin - please respond to with your shipping address by Thursday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m. PST to claim your copy of "The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook".

  13. Hello!
    I'm very curious whether the publishers adapt recipes for each country. We have Polish book. We need to check it out.
    A very interesting.

    1. I believe some of the terms are adapted for each country but I think the recipes are the same. For example, our version uses U.S. measuring units like cups and tablespoons instead of grams and liters.


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