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"Baby Bites should be every parent's childhood nutrition manual. It's chock full of information and practical tips, from breastfeeding to sneaky ways to get toddlers to eat vegtables. Healthy eating habits start in infancy--start reading it now!" —Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrition, mom, and coauthor of Baby 411 and Toddler 411

"As a pediatrician and childhood obesity prevention advocate, I applaud Bridget Swinney's comprehensive, practical, and well-organized approach to how we feed our babies in the first few years of life." —Barbara W. Huggins, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texax Health Science Center at Tyler

"Easy to read and authoritative, Baby Bites gives parents all the tools they need to start their little ones on the path to healthy eating." —Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite and author of Small Changes, Big Results (Clarkson Potter)

About the Author

Bridget Swinney has a master of science degree in nutrition and is a registered dietitian. She has appeared on “The Today Show,” the TV Food Network, and “Fox on Family.” She is the author of Eating Expectantly and Healthy Food for Healthy Kids, has written for American Baby Magazine, and serves as an expert advisor on and She lives in Texas, with her husband and two children. .


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Meadowbrook; 1 edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684040034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684040035
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bridget Swinney MS, RDN, LD is a health communicator, award-winning author and well-regarded nutrition expert in the field of child nutrition, prenatal nutrition and family eating matters. A frequent speaker and media guest, she is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's Degree in Nutrition. She is passionate about helping others improve their diet and health.

She has written three books: Baby Bites: Everything You Need to Know about Feeding Babies and Toddlers in One Handy Book; Eating Expectantly: Practical ADvice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy; and Healthy Food for Healthy Kids: The Practical and Tasty Guide to Child Nutrition. She is co-author of the Healthy Heart. Formula.

The completely revised and updated fourth edition of Eating Expectantly will be released May 2013.

The first edition of Eating Expectantly won the Child Magazine's Top Ten Parenting Books of the Year, and Baby Bites was awarded an Media Award. Her writing has also appeared in Parents, Healthy Kids, Parenting and American Baby Magazine.

As a nutrition consultant, Bridget has done a variety of work, both as a nutrition therapist in clinical and public health settings and as a speaker to consumers and health professionals around the country.

Bridget's books have been translated into Spanish, Polish and Czech and have been purchased all over the world.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laura J. Altobelli on January 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a whim because I was so frustrated by the surprising lack of information from my doctor and on the internet about what to do after those first couple solid food meals. Yes, I knew how to recognize when my son was ready to try cereal. Yes, I knew to start rice cereal first. Yes, I knew to feed him a tiny, heavily watered-down portion with my finger. Yes, I knew to wait a few days to see if he had an allergic reaction before giving him another new food. But then what? How big a portion should I be working up to? How much formula should he still be drinking, and should he still have the same intervals between meals? How do I go about adding foods to his diet, and what ones should I avoid? The choices of baby food flavors seem so limited---does that mean I shouldn't be feeding him other foods if I can puree them myself? How do I start a sippy cup? This book answers all those questions and tells you how to go about preventing allergies while encouraging your child to not be a picky eater. The "day in the diet" and week-by-week "month in the diet" sections were priceless to me, as were the groupings of foods by nutrients so you know which ones fill a nutritional void if your child strongly dislikes something else in the same category. I also liked that the book explains how to make your own food if so inclined, giving helpful tips for fixing portions that will store well. It was educational to learn that fresh produce isn't ALWAYS better because some vegetables are high in nitrates, so frozen is better while your child is very young.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jmz VINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to help me figure out what and when to feed my 6-month old son. I wished I had bought it when I got pregnant! It is an excellent resource for nutrition when baby is born up to toddler years. I skimmed through the first chapters since it covered things I've already been through, and I realized that this book pretty much answered all my random questions I had during the first 6 months of my son's life. I tend to be an internet searcher for answers since books tend not to give me the answer I need when I need it, but this book pretty much covers it all and without a lot of extra information.

It's easy to skim through so you can get to the points you want to read about, all the information is chunked in an informative way, and it even covers nutrition for vegetarians and vegans, which surprised me.

I try not to live with too many "should haves" in my life, but I do keep thinking I should have bought this book months ago. It would have saved me a lot of grief when I was wonder about breast feeding, formula, spitting up, colic, poop color, etc..

Even if you do buy it late in the game, it's well worth the month. Tons of information that will guide parents on the right path when they're feeling completely clueless or frustrated by a lot of advice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Eberhardt on July 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a new mom of a 9 month old baby girl, I found this book to be so helpful. I wish it would have been available when she was a newborn. The only nutrition information I would receive was bits and pieces from my pediatrician. This book answered all of my questions about food allergies, when to introduce certain foods, and how much to give. It has very easy to follow baby food recipes, and I love the sample daily menus at each stage. It's clear that the author has done all the research and it's nice to have it presented in a clear and easy-to-read guidebook. I have already recommended it to many clients and friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 29, 2007
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Reviewed by Jamie Driggers

Babies don't come with instruction manuals, and though it seems like the process of feeding them should be instinctual, many times it is far from it. Enter Baby Bites, a comprehensive guide to feeding your baby from birth through the difficult toddler years.

Whether you plan to feed with bottle or breast, each has factors that can make the process more or less difficult. Both are covered in this book as is the transition from breast to bottle. Have questions about what you can eat or take while nursing? It's covered. What are the differences between the additives in various brands of baby food? It's in there. If your child prefers fruit over veggies, which fruits have similar vitamin content? Covered. Do you plan to make your own baby food? Would you like some recipes? Are there some tools that are better than others? Yep. Yep. Yep. You'll find the information. And lots more.

This is a book that you will probably want to buy and keep on your shelf for reference. It isn't particularly easy to read from cover to cover, but as a quick guide it would be quite useful. The book contains food charts, diet guides, questions with answers. There are sections dealing with food allergies and colic. There is way more information than most parents will ever want to know. But, of course, we don't know what we want and need to know until we need to know it, do we?

This book provides you with more than just strategies for feeding your child well, it is an all-inclusive guide to feeding with bonus side issues that are often the result of feeding. I especially appreciated her more balanced opinions on the types of food regarded as more "healthy."

Armchair Interviews says: A great gift for new parents (or grandparents).
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