12 of the best baby and child feeding books

Need some weaning inspiration? Whether you're using purees or are trying baby-led weaning, there's a guide for everyone in our pick of the best weaning and toddler feeding books...


There’s loads of weaning inspiration out there (just check out our free app), and there are lots of books you can choose from to help guide you through the process, too.


Here, we run down 12 of the best weaning books: all packed with recipe ideas, inspiration, and top tips from experts like Annabel Karmel, nutritionist Amanda Ursell and uber-popular baby food blogger Beth Bentley.

Which one’s right for you depends on whether you’re spoon-feeding purees, or are 100% baby-led weaning. Do you prefer classic recipes, or do you want to experiment and try something new? Maybe you don’t know where to start. At all.

Luckily, there’s a book here for just about every parent on the cusp of beginning the weaning journey ?

Check out the best baby and toddler feeding books…

1. First Foods and Weaning, £2+ secondhand

nct first foods and weaning

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. Ideal for beginners.

Available from: Amazon

2. Weaning Made Easy by Dr Rana Conway, £10.99

weaning made easy

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.

Ideal if you’re undecided about which way to wean.

Available from:  Amazon

3. Annabel Karmel Quick & Easy Weaning, £6.92

annabel karmel

Annabel Karmel’s one of the best known weaning brands – and her quick guide is an easy-to-follow read for your baby’s first year of food. 

Available from : Amazon

4. Young Gums: Baby Food With Attitude, £14.99

young gums

Written by baby food blogger Beth Bentley, this stylish guide’s packed with unusual finger food recipes we wish we’d thought of ourselves, and classic baby food recipes you know they’ll love.

Ideal for modern mamas who like trying new recipes (and ‘gramming them later, natch).

Available from: Waterstones

5. Baby-Led Weaning: Help Your Baby To Love Good Food, £8.01

baby led weaning book

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.’ 

Available from: Amazon

6. Annabel Karmel Top 100 Baby Purees, £10.99

annabel baby puree

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. 

Available from: Amazon

7. The Contented Little Baby Book Of Weaning, £8.09

contented book

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. 

Available from: Amazon

8. Baby & Toddler Meals For Dummies, £7.36

for dummies

Part of the highly successful ‘For Dummies’ series – typically associated with computers and other such techy subjects – this book has definite appeal for anyone who likes a straightforward approach.

Expect piles of information, including tips on feeding fussy eaters, coping with food allergies, and saving money on baby meals. 

Available from: Amazon

9. Amanda Ursell’s Baby & Toddler Food Bible, £3.99

amanda ursell

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.

Available from: Amazon

10. River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook, £12.39

river cottage

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.

Available from: Amazon

11. The Giraffe Family Cookbook, £14.05

giraffee family cookbook

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.

Available from: Amazon

12. 25 Foods Kids Hate… And How To Get Them Eating 24, £12.99

25 foods kids hate

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.

Available from: Amazon

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