The complete, authoritative guide that takes the guesswork out of feeding babies -- from birth to 24 months and beyond.
This newly revised and expanded edition of Better Baby Food combines the most up-to-date expert advice with easy-to-read information about every aspect of feeding babies, from breastfeeding and bottle feeding up to and beyond the introduction of solid foods.
The addition of 50 brand new recipes brings the total to 250, all organized by both meals and age range. Each recipe includes a nutritional analysis, and each page is packed with tips, recommendations and commonsense guidelines for parents and caregivers. Some of the important topics explored are food safety and allergies, teething and tooth care, digestive problems, essential vitamins and minerals, snacking, homemade versus commercially prepared foods, childhood obesity, and vegetarian diets.
In addition, the front section of the book includes 100 pages of up-to-date, easy-to-understand nutritional information -- helping children start off on a healthy life.
Daina Kalnins, MSc, RD, is a registered dietitian and a clinical specialist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has 15 years' professional experience in pediatric research and nutrition. She is the mother of two young children and is author, with Debbie Stone and Joyce Touw, of Better Breastfeeding.
Joanne Saab, RD, is a registered dietitian specializing in pediatric nutrition. She works at a pediatric teaching hospital and is the mother of twins.
Kalnins and Saab are also the authors of Better Food for Kids and Better Food for Pregnancy.
In this second edition of Better Baby Food, we have talked more about many aspects of breastfeeding, including solutions to common questions and concerns; we've updated the formula section to include some of the new formulas available on the market; and we've provided more information on some important components of a healthy, balanced diet, such as fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. We responded to comments we received from readers of the first edition of Better Baby Food and have reduced the amount of sugar and salt in many of the recipes. We have also added 50 exciting new recipes for families to try.
Some important changes include less restriction on foods in the first year of life. For the majority of infants, food restrictions are unnecessary after 6 months of age; however, current literature still recommends introducing one new food at a time.
Other changes have occurred in the lives of the authors. Daina's young children are now older -- her daughter turned 9 in 2008, and her little boy is now 7 years old. Both were breastfed and are great eaters today. They enjoy variety and always do the "lick test" when new foods are presented (see page 61 for more on the lick test).
Joanne has twin girls who are now 5 years old. Both were breastfed, and Joanne does admit to the challenge of breastfeeding multiples. People are constantly amazed by the variety of foods Joanne's children eat, and while they may not always like the new foods they try, they are willing to try almost anything, which is fantastic!
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