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Call for help with research into babies starting solid foods

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Call for help with research into babies starting solid foods

Hi there,

I’m Gill Rapley. I live in Kent and I’m currently a research student at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have previously worked as a midwife and a health visitor and have a long-standing interest in the introduction of solid foods to babies.

I am about to embark on a study of babies’ early responses to solid foods, which will involve videoing babies at home and interviewing their parents, and I am looking for families who would be willing to take part. Specifically, I need volunteers who have a baby who:

• was born after no fewer than 37 weeks of pregnancy,
• is currently between five and six months old,
• has not yet started solid foods,
• has no diagnosed or suspected physical, psychological or developmental disorder, and
• is growing appropriately for their age.

My requirements for you are that you:
• have been your baby’s primary caregiver from birth,
• live in the Maidstone/Medway/Sheppey/Sittingbourne/Canterbury area, and
• can communicate easily in English.

If you are interested in finding out more – without any obligation to take part – please contact me, either by email, at, or by phone, on 07954 437061. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know who fits my requirements and who you think may be interested.

Thank you,

Gill Rapley


  1. Oh my, Gill, you are very modest

  2. Hi, I've let our membership coordinator know about this in case any of our members are interested.

    NCT Sittingbourne, Faversham & Sheppey