Foodies From First Bite


The BLW Baby Food Cookbook

New parents looking for a practical guide for introducing their infants to solid food have answers from dietitians and pediatric nutrition experts Ellen Gipson and Laura Morton in their first book, The BLW Baby Food Cookbook: A Stage-by Stage Approach to Baby-led Weaning with Confidence, published by Rockridge Press in Emeryville, California. The book is available from Amazon, Target and Barnes & Noble. 

“This isn’t a textbook or technical manual; it’s written from the perspective of two moms to other moms (and dads) answering some of their biggest questions—beyond the basics. As a parent, you have plenty of concerns, but introducing your baby to a lifetime of healthy, happy eating doesn’t have to be one of them.”

~ Ellen Gipson, MA, RDN, LD, Author

The cookbook offers parents feeding guidelines to nurture baby’s oral and motor skills, introduce allergenic food safely, offer healthy serving sizes, help prevent picky eating, and more. This feeding philosophy encourages parents to complement their infant’s breastmilk or formula diet with real, whole, nutritious foods only after they show developmental signs of readiness, usually at or after 24 weeks old. The World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics agree in their recommendation that infants be exclusively fed breastmilk or formula until around six months old. 

“Ellen and I wrote this book because we too were overwhelmed when we began introducing first foods to our babies. We wanted to create a resource for others that simplifies the process and leaves parents feeling empowered. With BLW, we approach food with the big picture in mind, and focus on introducing whole foods for their whole life.”

~ Laura Morton, MS, RDN, LD, Author

BLW Baby Food Cookbook

The BLW Baby Food Cookbook combines concepts of the baby-led weaning (BLW) feeding philosophy with sound nutrition information and includes more than 90 recipes grouped stage-by-stage for months 6-8, 9-12, and beyond. 


Whole Food Baby Food

Begin your baby’s journey into solid foods with a flexible approach that focuses on nutrient-dense whole foods introduced in the way that feels best for your family. Whole Food Baby Food is packed with nutritional information, helpful guidance for every feeding stage, and dozens of easy recipes for making minimally processed meals for your baby or toddler.

“We define ‘whole foods’ as foods that are as close as possible to how you would find them in nature—no elaborate labels convincing you of its worth—just real, minimally processed ingredients.”

~ Ellen Gipson, MA, RDN, LD, Author

You’ll learn everything you need to know about following your baby’s cues, addressing food allergies, and making sure your child is getting all the nutrients they need. Let’s get started!

Whole Food Baby Food includes:

  • Intro to whole foods―Explore helpful info about what to look for while you’re shopping, tips for stocking your kitchen, and pointers for picky eaters.
  • Mix of meals―Nourish your little one at every stage with baby food recipes for beginners and chunky purees, finger foods, breakfasts and snacks, and family lunches and dinners.
  • Healthy meal builder―Discover a convenient chart for creating well-balanced baby food, with suggestions for iron-rich foods, essential fats, colorful fruits and veggies, and spices and seasonings.

Whether practicing baby-led weaning or starting with purees, whole foods is a smart starting point. For all parents, flexibility is key, so in Whole Food Baby Food, we focus on laying a foundational framework of what a whole foods lifestyle can look like to help you decide what whole foods means to your family.

~ Ellen Gipson, MA, RDN, LD, Author

Introduce solids the whole-food way with Whole Food Baby Food.


Discover a flexible, whole food approach to introducing your baby to solids. You’ll find a wealth of nutritional information, helpful guidance and 75 easy recipes for making minimally processed meals at every stage.  

Whole Food Egg Muffin Cups
Whole Food Roasted Beet Fries