10 of the best baby and child feeding books

Need kitchen inspiration? Then check out our pick of the best weaning and toddler feeding books

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  • Best for beginners

    First Foods and Weaning, Ravinder Lilly (Thorsons NE, £7.99)

    Published in conjunction with the NCT, this book is a great introduction to basic weaning principles, including information on spotting the signs that your baby is ready, nutritional advice, food safety and hygiene tips and an at-a-glance weaning planner.

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  • Best for the undecided

    Weaning Made Easy: All you need to know about traditional feeding and baby-led weaning - get the best of both worlds, Rana Conway (White Ladder Press, £10.99)

    Written by nutritionist and Practical Parenting expert Dr Rana Conway, this book is perfect if you haven't yet decided whether to spoon-feed your baby or try baby-led weaning - or if you want to know if you can combine both methods.

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  • Best for inspiration

    Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 quick and easy meals for a healthy and happy baby, Annabel Karmel (Ebury Press, £9.99)

    Britain's best-loved children's cookery writer presents a bumper crop of puree recipes suitable for first weaning and beyond, ensuring you'll never be lost for ideas again, with easy feeding plans to keep you on the right track.

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  • Best for baby-led weaning

    Baby-Led Weaning: Help your baby to love good food, Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (Vermilion, £10.99)

    The definitive guide to baby-led weaning, written by leading health visitor Gill Rapley. It explains the principles behind baby-led weaning, eases your worries about choking and gagging, and encourages a love of 'real food.'

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  • Best for routine lovers

    The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning, Gina Ford (Vermilion, £10.99)

    Got a 'Gina baby'? Then this is the weaning book for you. Babycare guru Gina takes you through the weaning process step by step, with detailed meal planners at every stage and a clear structure moving your baby from first purees to family foods.

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  • Best for dads

    Baby and Toddler Meals for Dummies, Dawn Simmons, Curt Simmons and Sallie Warren (John Wiley & Sons, £13.99)

    Part of the highly successful 'For Dummies' series - typically associated with computers and other such techy subjects - this book has definite dad-appeal. Expect piles of information, including tips on feeding fussy eaters, coping with food allergies, and saving money on baby meals.

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  • Best for nutritional advice

    Amanda Ursell's Baby and Toddler Food Bible: Your essential guide to feeding your child for their first four years (Hay House, £11.99)

    Leading nutritionist Amanda Ursell talks you through your child's nutritional needs from weaning up to the age of four, with healthy, quick and easy recipes for every stage. She also comments on the organic debate, and suggests healthy shortcuts for time-starved parents.

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  • Best for foodies

    River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook, Nikki Duffy (Bloomsbury, £14.99)

    Weaning gets a foodie makeover in this book from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage. Forget boring purees and bland nursery food; instead, tempt your tot with recipes including blueberry pancakes, falafel, mackerel pate and baby baked apples with chocolate.

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  • Best for fun family meals

    The Giraffe Family Cookbook, Hugo Arnold (W&N, £14.99)

    Child-friendly restaurant chain Giraffe presents a selection of its most popular recipes for the whole family, with an emphasis on internationally inspired cuisine with a minimum of fuss. Perfect for recreating that dining out experience at home.

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  • Best for fussy eaters

    25 Foods Kids Hate... And how to get them eating 24, Fiona Faulkner (New Holland, £12.99)

    Top toddler chef Fiona Faulkner delves into the world of the fussy eater, looking at 25 of the foods they're most likely to struggle with, from spinach to fish. With nutritional information about why these foods are important, hints for introducing them and simple but delicious recipes, even the pickiest toddler will be converted.

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