Better Baby Food gives parents a complete introduction to nutrition from birth to 24 months, along with more than 200 delicious recipes tested by the Hospital for those parents who choose to make their own food. Better Baby Food is crammed with tips, hints, charts, and references that will make it an indispensable resource for every parent. Designed to be user-friendly with charts, Q&A sections, and informative sidebars, the first half of the book encompasses:
- The Basics of Breast Milk. How long and how often to breastfeed? How much is enough? Four warning signs of problems. When to wean.
- Infant Formula. Formula fundamentals. Powder, liquid, or ready to use? Preparation and use. How much is enough?
- Introducing solids (4 -- 8 months). When to begin. Steps to solid foods. Clear comparison of store-bought and homemade foods.
- Time for Table Food (8 -- 12 months). Making the transition. Choosing starter foods. Dealing with fussy eaters. Introducing utensils. Teething and tooth care.
- The Toddler Years (12 -- 24 months). Changing from formula to milk. Challenges of meal planning. Portable meals and snacks. Sample menus. Staple ingredients. Eating with (and like) grown-ups.
- Adverse reactions to food. Choking hazards. Food-borne illness. Food allergies. Food additives. Dealing with diarrhea and constipation.
- Nutrition Facts. ABCs of vitamins and minerals. Being vegetarian. Childhood obesity. Cultural effects on diet in children.
Contains 200 DELICIOUS BABY-TESTED RECIPES
The second half of the book presents a wide variety of tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks.
"Children have been shown to grow and develop equally well on both commercially prepared and home-made foods," say Kalmins and Saab. "Where the two types of foods can differ is in the additives used -- specifically, sugar, salt, and modified starch."
Home-made baby food is a little more time-consuming that opening a jar, but it is more economical, and allows the parent to regulate the ingredients. Many of the foods can be made ahead and frozen in ice-cube trays to divide the food into portion sizes that are ideal for a young infant.
"The amount of sugar used, if any, is controlled, and the variety of home-prepared food is limitless. Virtually any fruit, vegetable or meat found in the grocery store can be used to prepare your own baby foods."
About the authors:
Daina Kalnins, B.SC., R.D, CNSD. and Joanne Saab, B.SC., R.D., both work in pediatric nutrition at Toronto's The Hospital for Sick Children. Through their many years of experience, they provide answers for hundreds of parents and colleagues each year regarding infant nutrition, health, and disease