Rapley Weaning .com

Baby-led Weaning: The fuss-free way to introduce solid foods

Gill Rapley


I'm so pleased you've found this website. It's intended as a focal point for queries - to lead you to where you can learn more - rather than as a place to find out everything you ever wanted to know about parenting and BLW, but our books are a great place to start! The latest, available from July 2014, is Baby-led Parenting, a practical guide to understanding your baby and being the parent he or she really needs. Baby-led Breastfeeding will help you understand how breastfeeding works and how to get it to work for you, while the best place to get information about BLW is from the original Baby-led Weaning (as well as from the forums and blogs written by parents who are doing it). And of course, there's the BLW Cookbook, too.

The buttons on the left will take you to:

  • Information on all our books
  • Information about three useful DVDs on BLW, which are now also available as mobile apps. Unfortunately, the DVDs and apps are temporarily unavailable - please watch this space for an update.
  • Two simple 'how to' leaflets, which you are welcome to download, print and share
  • Some basic BLW guidelines, with a brief explanation of the rationale behind them
  • Details of the textbook in which there is a chapter about BLW
  • A bit of background about me
  • Links to just a few of the many websites and blogs about BLW
  • The email address for this site

Research into BLW is gathering pace! Dr. Amy Brown in Swansea is just finishing a study about the relative risks of gagging and choking, comparing BLW and conventional weaning. There is also lots going on at the University of Otago in New Zealand, as well as some serious interest from researchers in Canada. Meanwhile, I'm just about to submit my own doctoral thesis, comparing spoon feeding with self-feeding from the baby's point of view, and am kept busy with speaking engagements and media interviews, both in the UK and abroad - all very exciting!

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