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Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler : From First Foods to Meals Your Child Will Love - Jeannette L. Bessinger

Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler

From First Foods to Meals Your Child Will Love

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This is the definitive guide to infant and toddler feeding - from first foods to meals children will love.

The book teaches parents how to select the right food, set up a pantry (with a guide to key kitchen equipment), establish smart eating routines, and introduce a wide variety of tastes and textures.

It also explores today’s most pressing nutrition issues:

  • Should you buy only organic food?
  • Is it healthy to restrict a toddler's calorie intake?
  • Is a vegetarian diet good for a very young child?
Additional resources include information on breastfeeding and food allergies, as well as a comprehensive listing of whole foods companies and products that make healthy eating faster and easier.

To ensure that baby gets the best, most wholesome and natural food possible, go homemade! The newest entry in the acclaimed "Great Expectations" series focuses on easy preparation of nutritious baby and toddler meals at home - from the first finger-foods to more than 130 delicious kid-tested recipes that will lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating.

It also explores today's most pressing nutrition issues: should you buy only organic food and is a vegetarian diet good for a very young child. Additional resources include information on breastfeeding and food allergies, as well as a comprehensive listing of products that make healthy eating faster and easier.

About the Authors

Jeanette Bessinger is a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is a nutrition and healthy-lifestyle consultant for various hospital and public school wellness initiatives.

Tracee Yablon-Brenner is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is A.D.A.-trained in childhood and adolescent weight management.

Forewordp. vi
Introductionp. viii
They Are What They Eat
American Children's Health Crisis: The Baby Connectionp. 3
Obesity Epidemicp. 3
Obesity Preventionp. 9
The Case for Real Foodp. 11
American Infant and Toddler Diets: The S.A.D. Factsp. 11
Busting the Real Food and S.A.D. Food Mythsp. 19
Starting Out Right: Natural Nutrition Basicsp. 23
A Maturing Digestive Systemp. 23
Baby and Toddler Nutritionp. 24
A Balanced Diet: Baby and Toddler Nutrition Needsp. 35
Decoding Food Labelsp. 36
A High-Quality Dietp. 37
The Vegetarian Toddler: Pros and Consp. 39
Vegetarianism Definedp. 39
Vegetarian Diet: Is It Safe?p. 39
The Health Benefitsp. 40
The Challengesp. 41
Guidelines for Meeting Vegetarian Nutrient Needsp. 43
The Soy Controversyp. 48
Feeding Your Child
The First Yearp. 55
Rapid Growthp. 55
Feeding at Birth to 4 Monthsp. 55
Feeding at 4 to 6 Monthsp. 89
Feeding at 6 to 9 Monthsp. 100
Feeding at 9 to 12 Monthsp. 108
The Toddler Years (12 Months to 3 Years)p. 119
Menu Varietyp. 119
Feeding at 12 to 18 Monthsp. 119
Feeding at 18 Months to 3 Yearsp. 136
Real Food for Real Kids
Homemade Baby Food: Cooking with Confidence, Speed, and Easep. 153
Preparing Your Kitchenp. 154
Preparing Your Pantryp. 162
Indispensable Cooking Techniquesp. 166
Real Baby Food Guidep. 179
Homemade Baby Foodp. 179
Recipes for 6 to 9 Monthsp. 184
Recipes for 9 to 12 Monthsp. 211
Finger Foodsp. 211
Vegetable Recipesp. 213
Fruit Recipesp. 223
Pasta and Grains Recipesp. 227
Protein Entrée Recipesp. 236
Recipes for 12 to 18 Monthsp. 245
Vegetable Recipesp. 245
Fruit Recipesp. 248
Pasta and Grains Recipesp. 253
Muffin, Pancake, Cookie, and Cake Recipesp. 257
Protein Entrée Recipesp. 265
Recipes for 18 Months to 3 Years (and the Whole Family!)p. 287
Invisible Nutrition Boostersp. 287
Vegetable Recipesp. 290
Fruit Recipesp. 294
Pasta and Grains Recipesp. 297
Muffin, Quick Bread, and French Toast Recipesp. 304
Protein Entrée Recipesp. 310
Looking Forwardp. 335
Protective Practicesp. 335
Resourcesp. 343
Glossaryp. 355
Indexp. 370
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ISBN: 9781402736186
ISBN-10: 1402736185
Series: Great Expectations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 1st June 2010
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.021  x 2.972
Weight (kg): 0.513