It seems a lifetime ago that I was standing in the grocery store, panicked, talking to my mom friend about starting Big A on solids. This is when I started to research feeding.
It would have been nice to have Feeding Baby: Simple Approaches to Raising a Healthy Baby & Creating a Lifetime of Nutritious Eating. This book not only guides parents on food introduction, but provides lots of ideas for introducing different flavors (fresh herbs and mild spices), textures, aromas and a variety of colors to baby’s meal plan.
Written by RD and mom Clancy Cash Harrison, Feeding Baby is full of recipes to challenge, nourish and delight little ones. It is a research-based resource focused on teaching flavor preference early in life through a sensory rich diet. It also helps parents support baby’s ability to self-regulate and self-feed.
For example, the book lists 100 ways to serve and prepare fruits and veggies. There is also a baby food herb and spice guide to help parents season food for baby. And the last chapter is full of recipes that are ordered by age and feeding readiness, which is nice.
The 80 recipes are also categorized by their health benefits such as immunity power, iron rich and brain boosting. Baby will be eating in style, with items like Arugula & Goat Cheese Muffins, Strawberries & Figs and Grapes & Chicken with Arugula Swirl.
Getting in food variety early is important because babies are very open to different tastes and textures. I don’t believe picky eating can totally be prevented (as at least part of it is a normal part of development) but the more foods, tastes and textures baby has under his belt by two years of age, the more likely they are to stick. Not to mention, getting nutrition right these two years is vital for optional growth and development.
Feeding Baby is perfect for anyone gearing up to feed their baby and it makes a great gift. And the good news is I’m giving it away to one lucky reader. (Don’t miss the much bigger giveaway you can enter here, where you get the chance to win over $2000 in prizes such as a Vitamix and BabyCook!).
Here’s how to enter the book giveaway:
1. Leave a comment why you want this book.
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This giveaway will end Friday September 26th midnight. A winner will be chosen using random.org.