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When your baby gets to six months, it's time to start introducing them to solid food.
Weaning your baby can be a little daunting when you've only had to worry about milk feeds so far, but if you have the knowledge and recipes to start you off then you can feed them with confidence. Whether you want baby recipes, a book that will last you as your child grows or a simple introduction to the world of weaning, we've rounded up the best weaning books to get you started.
Kidadl's Top Pick
We're certain all these books will make your baby weaning journey easier, but if you're in a dash to buy something quickly we've picked out the best book to cover all bases.
1. River Cottage Baby & Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy
We think this is the best weaning book because it really does cover everything you need to know. It contains a huge amount of recipes for baby-led weaning, purées and even meals that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Plus it's a great handbook with information about nutrition, ingredients and any problems you may encounter. You may even end up making healthier food for yourself, too.
- Price: £16.99
- Covers purees and baby-led weaning
- Recipes can also be enjoyed by adults
Best For Variety
2. Wean In 15 by Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks was the king of the coronavirus lockdown for many families. Whether you already followed his delicious recipes on Instagram and his YouTube workouts or were introduced to him via his PE With Joe lessons in the summer of 2020, you'll know that he's big on both physical and mental health. He aims to make your weaning journey a happy and fun one with this selection of tasty 100 recipes. We love that he introduces really bold flavours, and separates both traditional and baby-led recipes for each stage.
- Price: £8.49
- Includes 100 recipes
- Contains guidance from top nutritionist
Best For Families On A Budget
3. Bébé Gourmet: My Baby Recipe Book by Jenny Carenco
Most recipe books are in hardback format which normally means they're more expensive, however, many are now in Kindle format so you don't need to spend much. We like that these recipes don't take long to prepare (most take less than 30 minutes) and that there are also handy tips on freezing meals for convenience. The food is French-inspired, but the purées, compotes and baby-led weaning meals are actually very easy to make. The flavours are on the traditional side, so we think this book is a good starting point for your weaning journey.
- Price: £1.99 (Kindle edition)
- French-inspired cooking
- Includes 100 recipes
Best For Sugar Free Recipes
4. My Sugar Free Baby And Me by Dr Sarah Schenker
This book contains a decent amount of purée and baby-led weaning recipes, but we love the comprehensive advice that's also included. The table of foods to introduce at different stages is handy and reassuring, and we love that the author is authoritative but also realistic. For example, she doesn't advocate waiting until six months if your baby is clearly ready for food before that. If you want to make tasty recipes for children and the whole family without the need for sugar, then we'd highly recommend this weaning baby book.
- Price: £7
- Contains more than 80 recipes
- Author is registered dietician and nutritionist
Best For Milk And Solids
5. The Baby Feeding Book by Vanessa Christie
This stands out from all the weaning books we've listed, because the majority of its content is about the pre-solids phase of breastfeeding and bottle feeding. It's also written from a positive thinking and mindfulness perspective which might not be for everybody, but it may help if you're confused or overwhelmed about how to feed your baby. If you're looking for the best weaning book to also cover the basics of milk feeding (without any judgement) from day one, then this is definitely the one for you. But note, it's not much use for the toddler stage and beyond.
- Price: £11.49
- Includes information on both breast and bottle feeding as well as weaning
- Advocates mindfulness
Best For Saving Time
6. What Mummy Makes by Rebecca Wilson
The thought of cooking separate family meals for every mealtime as well as the extra cleaning and washing up involved is enough to reach for baby ready meals and pouches, but Instagram star Rebecca Wilson has the solution. Her tasty recipes ensure you only cook once for all the family, then adapt when necessary for your child. If you fancy trying simple new meals for yourself whilst weaning your baby onto solids at the same time, this is the best of the baby weaning books.
- Price: £14.99
- Includes more than 130 recipes
- Recipes can be adapted for different ages and dietary requirements
Best For Beginners
7. Ella's Kitchen: The First Foods Book
This colourful weaning book is simple and not as overloaded with information as some others can be. As you'd expect with Ella's Kitchen, there are plenty of recipes for purées, but the baby-led weaning recipes are also quite adventurous, with the likes of satay chicken, apple and sardine soldiers, and Jamaican fish curry on the menu. You can make the process more fun for the whole family with the weaning chart and stickers included.
- Price: £15.99
- Contains 130 recipes
- Meals suitable from six to 12 months
Best For Recipes
8. Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel
This classic weaning book by the now iconic Annabel Karmel is still a firm favourite. As well as the 200 recipes to keep your baby or toddler interested, the meal planners are great if you don't know where to start and want a daily plan to follow (it also suggests how often you should breast or bottle feed, which is another source of confusion when weaning your baby). Covering first-stage weaning up to toddlers, this is a book that several generations of parents have on their bookshelf.
- Price: £11.99
- Contains 200 recipes
- Includes meal planner
Best For Scientific Advice
9. Baby Food Matters by Dr Clare Llewellyn and Dr Hayley Syrad
If you want science-led advice on how, what and when to feed your baby, then this is definitely the weaning book for you. Starting from day one (and by that we mean from when you first get pregnant) through to toddler age, the authors (who have written more than 100 scientific papers on the subject) debunk the myths and marketing around weaning and give you real, evidence-based advice rather than recipes. If you're pregnant, this is a good book to have on your bedside table to get in the know.
- Price: £13.59
- Authors are genuine experts
- Covers breast and bottle feeding as well as weaning
Best For Babies, Children And Teenagers
10. Super Food For Super Children by Professor Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot, and Bridget Surtees
We love the way this book is written; as well as being genuinely fascinating (for example it explores how we've been conditioned to giving our children processed food), it cuts through the noise and delivers science-based advice as well as great recipes. It even covers advice on what to eat during pregnancy as well as weaning stages, though we think this is a great investment for further down the line as most of the recipes are for ages three and above. A great book for all the family to get excited about food!
- Price: £16
- Includes recipes from pregnancy to teenagers
- Written by a sports scientist, a chef and long-distance swimmer, and a dietician
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