Posted: 26/02/2012 at 14:28
In relation to your other post about coping on your own, Baby Led Weaning is a great way to wean if you don't have access to lots of babysitters. It makes eating out with your little one an absolute delight. We often go out for an early dinner at the weekend - around 5/6pm, and many restaurant chains will do a very cheap or even free kids meal at this time. As we rarely get out as a couple, we have found this a great substitute, making us feel 'normal'. Our little girl, now 2.5 will eat pretty much anything and just gets on with tucking in, without us needing to help her. We went out for a curry last night and you should have seen her tucking into popadoms and chutneys!
I would recommend the Baby Led Weaning Cookbook by Gill Rapley which goes into the theory a bit, but also gives you lots of ideas and recipes. The book is biased but the recipe book is a little less in your face. Another book which works for BLW is the River Cafe Baby and Toddler cookbook which also includes purees.
We started with toast, bananas, xmas dinner, veg wedges, hummous, rice cakes etc and we haven't really looked back!
Good luck if you decide to go for it - it is lots of fun!
Sorry for gatecrashing again!