5 Essentials for Baby Led Weaning

5 products you MUST HAVE for baby led weaning! Trust me - I'm two kids in!

We began introducing Noah to food two months ago, when he turned six months old. I previously had done baby led weaning with James, and we decided after a little bit of thinking to do the same with Noah. So, two boys in, what can I recommend to you about baby led weaning?

First off, baby led weaning is where you pretty much give the baby a portion of whatever you’re eating. No purรฉed food, unless it comes purรฉed, and basically finger food or loaded spoons. The baby feeds themselves. So it’s going to be messy.

Messy baby led weaning

Essential item number one is a floor mat. You can use a mat especially marketed for the purpose, or even a shower curtain, but basically you need something you can just pick up and shove in the washing machine when all the food has fallen down from the high chair.

Speaking of which, essential item number two has to be the IKEA high chair. Go on almost any parenting forum, ask which chair they recommend and 90% of the responses will be “the IKEA Antilop”. It’s easy to clean – I think you can put it on the top rack of the dishwasher – it’s simple to dismantle and it’s the right height for most tables. There are some downsides to the design, for example you can’t lift the tray off easily if there’s still lots of food on it, since it clips on using a lift and push method, so taking it off involves a lift and pull action, which can result in the food falling off onto the baby and/or chair.

Baby led weaning yogurt antilop IKEA chair
Number three is a long sleeved bib. The alternative to this is a naked baby, which you see demonstrated above. A long sleeved bib like this one from Bibetta is perfect as it’s washable, waterproof, and does its job. I also used a couple from the supermarket which had cloth sleeves and a waterproof backing to a cloth centre section. They were fine, too, but I had to replace the hook and loop fastening with a button to make it more durable.

Baby led weaning essential chipper
Essential item number four is a chipper! We have this from Culina, but you can get very similar models that do the same by different companies. A chip shaped piece of food is really useful when you’re learning to eat, and these little devices make it much easier to serve them up! You just simply bung a carrot, potato, cucumber, whatever, into the main body of the chipper, push the handle down, and job’s a good ‘un – chips!

Finally, how to clean up that mess I mentioned at the start of this post? Essential item number five isย Dettol Antibacterial Surface Wipesย – perfect for cleaning up after mealtimes – you can quickly wipe down the tray or table and the chair, knowing that you’re leaving no taint or bacteria.

5 products you MUST HAVE for baby led weaning! Trust me - I'm two kids in!
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  1. karen cowley
    August 6, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Love a prwn chow mein, i could live off it i think x

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Wow, not had one for ages! I love prawn chow mien too!

  2. Richard Moore
    August 6, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Fish and chips from Harry Ramsdens ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:04 pm

      Are they better there than from a local chippy, Richard?

  3. winnie
    August 6, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    fish and chips

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Ar, I didn’t think this question through, I’m going to be hungry looking at all these answers!

  4. iain maciver
    August 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    chicken fried rice

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      I’m not a fan Iain – you can have that one!

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:16 pm

      You can’t beat a bit of home cooked roast dinner, can you Tracy?

  5. Kevin Honey
    August 6, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Pizza!

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:16 pm

      One of my favourites too, Kevin!

  6. August 6, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Me too, but my mum makes the best!

  7. Carolynn Woodland
    August 6, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Chicken dhansak – without a doubt!

    • August 6, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Oh, super tasty curry! Good choice!

  8. traceypeach
    August 6, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    That’s a hard one! Shepherds Pie xxx

    • August 6, 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Love shepherds pie! We’ve been making it with sweet potato on top – it’s a delicious twist on a classic!

  9. Chris Davies
    August 6, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    I do love a good curry!

  10. Charlaine cross
    August 6, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    Mince and potatoes the best and easiest food to make xx

    • August 6, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      I’ve not had dumplings in years! You’re right, though, they’re so easy to make, and I bet the boys would love them!

    • August 6, 2015 / 3:24 pm

      I’ve lovely memories of eating that on the wall outside the takeaway when I was in sixth form!

  11. Andrea Fletcher
    August 6, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Roast chicken, roast potatoes and all the trimmings.

  12. Julie Tift
    August 6, 2015 / 3:28 pm

    Fajita Chicken with onions and peppers… lovely

  13. pete c
    August 6, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    a proper fried breakfast

    • August 6, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Do you like black pudding too?

  14. Anita
    August 6, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    creamy salmon tagliatelle

  15. aj
    August 6, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    mince meat

    • August 6, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      Like sweet mince? Very Christmassy!

  16. Sue Bowden
    August 6, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Steak and chips with a peppercorn sauce, mushrooms, pea’s and grilled tomato xxx

    • August 6, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Why do I not have those things in the house! I would love that for my tea!

  17. Tanya Deliyska
    August 6, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I’m a sandwiches fan these days. Love the lobster ones.

    • August 6, 2015 / 5:28 pm

      Never eaten lobster, though I’ve seen plenty while diving! I ate crab for the first time last year!

    • August 6, 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Haha, you and my toddler both!

  18. Kay Panayi
    August 6, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    My partners sticky chicken

  19. caitlinsmummy06
    August 6, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Chocolate!!! Although I am 30 weeks pregnant so any food haha x

  20. ELAINE DALE
    August 6, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    steak and chips

    • August 6, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      So with you on that one Elaine!

  21. Lisa Pond
    August 6, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Spaghetti Bolognese!! My 10 month daughter loves it too, lots of mess! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 6, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      We’ve had that for our tea tonight. So so messy!!

    • August 6, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      I have not eaten nando’s for years! Need to correct that error soon – super yummy chicken!

  22. Paul Scotland
    August 6, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    My favourite food is a beef roast

    • August 6, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Done properly, I love a roast beef dinner.

  23. Joanne Hutchings
    August 6, 2015 / 7:44 pm

    Chocolate

  24. August 6, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Difficult! Either a good seaside fish n chips, or a medium rib-eye steak!

    • August 6, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Both excellent – hard to choose!

    • August 6, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Lovely, quick, tasty and healthy!

  25. laura banks
    August 6, 2015 / 8:22 pm

    sausage and mash

  26. August 6, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    A lovely rump steak and chips ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. August 6, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Lamb steaks, risotto and mushrooms

  28. August 6, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    My favourite food is a really good quality piece of lamb. A nice roast or a lamb steak. Cooked with plenty of rosemary. Hmmmm….. I’m hungry now.

  29. August 6, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    Sunday Roast or chocolate ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. jules eley
    August 6, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    has to be goats cheese and red onion pizza

    • August 6, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Oh yes that sounds amazing!

  31. mummyfever
    August 6, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I love my partner’s fish pie

  32. Martina Pichova
    August 6, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Chocolate (not recommended for weaning babies).

    • August 6, 2015 / 9:55 pm

      No – all that caffeine and sugar!

  33. Kaci Soderstrom
    August 6, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Right now it’s pizza.. even if it doesn’t love me

  34. Laura Todd
    August 6, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Steak Pie, Peas, New Potatoes – yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Jayne T
    August 6, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    A roast dinner followed by chocolate cake.

  36. Alix Smith
    August 7, 2015 / 6:39 am

    Chicken Korma

  37. Angi Turley
    August 7, 2015 / 6:43 am

    A bacon and mushroom sarnie – yummy!!!

    • August 7, 2015 / 9:25 am

      Once I really fancied one of these, but didn’t have any bacon, so I had a Frazzles and raw mushroom sandwich. Students, eh?

  38. Sue McCarthy
    August 7, 2015 / 7:37 am

    Pizza!!

  39. Kasia
    August 7, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Spaghetti bolognese

  40. Sarah Archibald
    August 7, 2015 / 8:20 am

    My favourite is garlic broccoli pesto pasta!!! Delicious!

  41. Sally Collingwood
    August 7, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Coffe and walnut cake

    • August 7, 2015 / 9:26 am

      One of the best kind of cakes!

  42. Tina Holmes
    August 7, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Can’t beat a bit of sausage and mash

  43. Theresa parker
    August 7, 2015 / 9:22 am

    love pork curry…its pretty fattening but tastes sooooo good

    • August 7, 2015 / 9:27 am

      I don’t think I’ve tried pork curry, but pork is usually very tasty.

  44. Tracy Gladman
    August 7, 2015 / 9:55 am

    I love a good old traditional pie!

    • August 7, 2015 / 9:58 am

      What do you like inside? I love meat and potato but they don’t really do those in the north east. It’s a north western pie!

  45. Carly Mugulday
    August 7, 2015 / 10:18 am

    I love Dettol, always use it. Now about to have my 3rd child so theres always messy meals to clear up after!

  46. Lauren Tourle
    August 7, 2015 / 10:21 am

    I love Pizza !!!! cant get enough, def my favourite food ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 7, 2015 / 10:28 am

      Me too, I find it so hard to pick a favourite topping! Eat ALL the pizza!!

  47. Julie Ward
    August 7, 2015 / 11:41 am

    Chicken pakoras and samosas

  48. sarah rees
    August 7, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    my favourite food is cherries, in anything, yoghurt, salad, on its own, in a cake… blackforest gateau… yum!

  49. Keith Hunt
    August 7, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    A family size egg custard tart.

  50. gemma brown
    August 7, 2015 / 3:53 pm

    i love olives. i could eat them all day every day and never get bored of them

  51. ashleigh allan
    August 7, 2015 / 5:22 pm

    chocolate!

  52. val cooper
    August 7, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    i love any fruit cooper

  53. August 7, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Well that’s a hard question because I’m a piggy haha. But probably chocolate. I know it’s not very original but there’s not many chocolate variations I don’t like.

  54. kayleigh Bates
    August 7, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Cheese

  55. Pauline Wilson
    August 7, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    My favourite is Indian food, especially pakoras followed by chicken tikka with rice and nan

  56. Ruth Harwood
    August 8, 2015 / 7:58 am

    I do love Chinese food, satay and sweet and sour, and plum in Orange sauce is just delish!!

    • August 8, 2015 / 8:08 am

      I’ve never tried plum and orange sauce but it sounds delish!

  57. clair downham
    August 8, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    lamb curry

  58. Paula Barker
    August 8, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Salmon and noodles

  59. Louise Lumsden
    August 8, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    chocolate & strawberries

  60. Rachel Butterworth
    August 8, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    I love chocolate.

  61. MichelleD
    August 8, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Seafood pasta!

  62. Tamsin Dean
    August 8, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    love really hot chilli con carne

  63. Andrea Edge
    August 8, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    My favourite food is Chicken wrapped in bacon covered with BBQ sauce and melted mozzarella cheese mmmmmmm

  64. Allan Wilson
    August 9, 2015 / 9:29 am

    Macaroni Cheese

  65. claire griffiths
    August 9, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    mine is salmon or a fish pie yummy

  66. Amanda A
    August 9, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    Baked beans!

  67. Alica
    August 9, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    A good hot curry and some crusty naan bread ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Samantha Loughlin
    August 10, 2015 / 3:19 am

    My favourite is lasagne xx

  69. Tracy Newton
    August 10, 2015 / 10:49 am

    I love Italian food.

  70. stacy sorrell
    August 10, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    i love pasta bake with loads of cheese on top ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Damien Hudson
    August 10, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    Chicken curry!

  72. Sarah A L
    August 11, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    WIld boar ragu ๐Ÿ˜€

  73. jessica cook
    August 11, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    pizza xxx

  74. Hekna
    August 11, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    I love a good roast!

  75. Nat thomason
    August 11, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    Cheesy things and choc

  76. Rebecca Nisbet
    August 12, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    i love enchiladas

  77. katie skeoch
    August 12, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Pasta with olives & tomato

  78. Cor555
    August 13, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    I like curry.

  79. Lynn Heath
    August 15, 2015 / 6:47 am

    At the moment I love jacket potatoes with spicy chilli and cheese!

  80. August 15, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Pasta! I love it in any form or dish

  81. Jo Ford
    August 15, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    Spice mango pork chops – it is from one of Mary Berry’s recipe books. It is so quick and easy but equally delicious!

  82. Kumba
    August 15, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    spicy chips

  83. Linda Bird
    August 15, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I love anything chocolate

  84. Leanne V Mckenna
    August 15, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    I love spaghetti bolognese

  85. Cat Reekie
    August 15, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I love Haggis, lived in Kenya for a while and really missed it

  86. Christina Palmer
    August 16, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Pie, Mash and Liquer

  87. Lindsay Taylor
    August 16, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    My favourite savoury food is salmon, whereas when it comes to something sweet you can’t beat good old chocolate!

  88. Stevie
    August 17, 2015 / 8:19 am

    I like homemade chicken and mushroom pie.

  89. Jess Mary
    August 17, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I really like Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Natalie Crossan
    August 17, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Roast chicken

  91. Ana N.
    August 18, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Beef roast..something the whole family loves too ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Anthony G
    August 18, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Anything with pasta, particularly penne. I love Italian food ๐Ÿ™‚

    • August 18, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Me too, we had an amazing pasta dish for our tea tonight – super yummy!

  93. Leanne cody
    August 18, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    I love marmite on toast with a cup of tea

    • August 18, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Oh, one of my all time faves!

  94. carole n
    August 18, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    My favourite meal is roast chicken

  95. Christine Caple
    August 19, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    My favourite food is chicken curry.

  96. Deb Alexander
    August 19, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    My favourite food is Chinese!! Yummy! x

  97. lyndsey
    August 19, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    everything in a sunday roast

  98. Colin Gault
    August 21, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Bangers and Mash

  99. Nora Saab
    August 22, 2015 / 10:13 am

    chocolate

  100. emma thackery
    August 22, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    pizza

  101. Susan Trubey
    August 23, 2015 / 8:27 am

    roast dinner

  102. EJ Dunn
    August 23, 2015 / 11:44 am

    I love roast lamb x

  103. emmaellams
    August 23, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Sweet and sour chicken

  104. Janine Atkin
    August 23, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    i love pizza

  105. saetana
    August 23, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    My favourite food is yoghurt – specifically Activia Intensely Creamy Raspberries & Cream flavour ๐Ÿ˜€

    • August 23, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      Very specific! I love yoghurt too, but I’m not fussy!

  106. Scott Fallon
    August 23, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    Anything spicy

  107. Lyla
    August 23, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Toad in the Hole

    • August 23, 2015 / 9:46 pm

      I need to make some of that soon! Can you imagine eating toad in the hole as a toddler?!

  108. August 23, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Nut roast, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, carrots, garden peas and gravy.

    • August 23, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      Wow, Eileen, I’ve not had that in years!

  109. charlie brunton
    August 23, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    My favourite food is cheese and potato pie!

  110. helen booth
    August 23, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    steak, chips, with a mushroom sauce!

  111. heather harris
    August 24, 2015 / 6:54 am

    chinese

  112. Angela Williams
    August 24, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    home made lasagne

  113. Sophie Beer
    August 24, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I love steak and ale pie

  114. comphem64
    August 24, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    All kinds of pasta dishes, easy and quick to do

  115. lizzyjanecooper
    August 24, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Homemade curry ๐Ÿ™‚

  116. August 24, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Pasta and pesto, or macaroni cheese. Just love pasta and cheese. My daughter did too, so that made for easy after work/school meals when stuck for what to do. Pasta and salad. Yum!

  117. Pauline Burroughs
    August 24, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Roast chicken

  118. Mandy S
    August 25, 2015 / 2:00 am

    Tapas – you can get a bit of everything and good for sharing!

  119. August 25, 2015 / 9:12 am

    I love a good Sunday roast!

  120. G Keegan
    August 25, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Chocolate

  121. Suzie
    August 25, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Hard to know I love food. Probably spaghetti carbonara.

  122. Karen B
    August 25, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    For something sweet – millionaires shortcake.

  123. mike brees
    August 25, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    steak and chips

  124. Lauren Old
    August 25, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Chocolate

  125. Soo Moon
    August 25, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    My favourite food has to be Seafood love all kinds except Salmon as it make me ill x

  126. Sarah S
    August 25, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Mmm Pizza of course!

  127. Janet Clegg
    August 25, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Toad in the hole

  128. Christine OPrey
    August 25, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Sunday roast ๐Ÿ™‚

  129. Lyndsey Beckford
    August 25, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    I adore chilli ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sue scott
      August 27, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      carrots are my fav food

  130. Leah Jones
    August 25, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    chicken and leek pasta bake with brocolli

  131. Lisa Houston
    August 26, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Traditional food like steak diane

  132. Catherine Eatwell
    August 26, 2015 / 11:42 am

    Lasagne

  133. charlotte
    August 26, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Spinach and Ricotta pie with filo pastry and creamy mash!

  134. Natalie Charman
    August 26, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Chinese!!

  135. Laura Whittle
    August 26, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    Beef stew and dumplings

  136. Tim Woolfenden
    August 26, 2015 / 3:45 pm

    Lasagne

  137. Spencer Broadley
    August 26, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    Steak with a pepper sauce

  138. simon hardy
    August 26, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    curry

  139. Chris Fletcher
    August 26, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    I love a pea and paneer curry!

  140. Mark Beynon
    August 26, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Steak

  141. Rebecca Powell
    August 26, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Anything Mexican!!

  142. Cerys John
    August 26, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Chicken fajitas with all of the sides ๐Ÿ™‚

  143. Charlotte Hood
    August 26, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    I love moussaka!

  144. Michelle Jenkins
    August 26, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Sweet and sour chicken

  145. ELISHA
    August 26, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Cherries

  146. August 26, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    chicken korma with peshwari naan and coconut rice ๐Ÿ˜€

  147. claire little
    August 26, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    steak, egg and chips ๐Ÿ™‚

  148. Michelle Wild
    August 26, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Chinese.

  149. Laura Vitty
    August 27, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Fresh raspberriesโ€ฆ nothing on themโ€ฆ straight from the bush if possible.

  150. alice lightning
    August 27, 2015 / 4:10 am

    sweet and sour chicken andrice

  151. trevor linvell
    August 27, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Pizza

  152. Emma Fox
    August 27, 2015 / 9:24 am

    I love pasta

  153. Holli G
    August 27, 2015 / 9:51 am

    Gammon! Yummy! Served with anything, egg and chips is good but a bit of salad is also a good choice!

  154. Tracey Tedford
    August 27, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Roast chicken with all the trimmings

  155. Kathryn Gorsuch
    August 27, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    I’m a massive foodie but have a sweet tooth… any pudding involving chocolate is my favourite thing to eat!

  156. Tammy Neal
    August 27, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    what a fantastic give away this would be very useful <3 xx

  157. August 27, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    I love roasted veg!

  158. liz ferguson
    August 27, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    SWEAT N SOUR

  159. Samantha Atherton
    August 27, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    I love roast potatoes

  160. Claire Ward
    August 27, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Lasagne

  161. Karen Richards
    August 27, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Steak

  162. Colette Sheeran
    August 27, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Beef curry from my local Chinese take away

  163. Matt Brasier
    August 27, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Chinese!!

  164. Mel
    August 27, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Lasagne

  165. LORNA WIL
    August 27, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    roast lamb with roast potatoes 7 roast vegetables

  166. Victoria B
    August 27, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    I love noodles

  167. August 27, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Lobster! I even have a lobster dance.

  168. August 27, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    As a meal it’s Seafood Paella. As a snack it’s Maynard Wine Gums

  169. Monika S
    August 27, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    lasagne but only when homemade

  170. Sammi McSporran
    August 28, 2015 / 12:09 am

    My favourite food is Ice Cream! Always has been. I used to make such a mess with it as a kid; hell sometimes I still make a mess with it now I’m grown up!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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