The first concern of any new mother is feeding her baby. Initially this is handled naturally, or by means of alternative products used with the help of experienced midwives and health advisors. But when the crucial and difficult period of adjustments to solids arrives, anxious parents are often isolated, and clear, professional guidance is unavailable. This invaluable book is designed specifically to see parents through every stage of their baby's development and changing feeding and dietary needs with confidence and assurance. Clear, authoritative nutritional advice from a leading childcare writer is augmented by hints and tips on equipment, hygiene, ingredients and preparation, and by features covering perennial concerns such as weaning, feeding frequency and fussy eating. The core of the book consists of more than 50 simple-to-follow step-by-step recipes for purees and first solid meals, shown in over 350 specially commissioned full-colour photographs. Because a baby's needs change so quickly, and so specifically, the book is divided into five sections: early weaning; babies aged around six to six-and-a-half months; seven to nine months; nine months to one year; and into toddlerhood. In each section there is guidance about foods to introduce or avoid, and about the particular benefits of different food types, so that a clear programme emerges to take the child through its first twelve months and beyond happily and safely. The recipes in each section reflect the growing repertoire of appropriate foods, and are developed to create a well-balanced diet, full of variety and inspiration. This is a book that every new parent needs and will use constantly. It solves problems, answers questions, and provides an invaluable recipe source in one uniquely accessible, reliable and attractive volume.