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Homemade Baby Food Pure and Simple: Your Complete Guide to Preparing Easy, Nutritious, and Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler Paperback – January 25, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (January 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761527907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761527909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You Can Prepare Wonderful Food for Your Baby—No Matter How Busy You Are!

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You Can Prepare Wonderful Food for Your Baby?No Matter How Busy You Are!
You want to provide your baby with the very best foods, right from the start. Homemade baby food is tastier and nutritionally superior to commercially processed foods?and making it is easier than you think! With simple ingredients and a few handy hints, you can begin serving your baby delicious meals that will provide the foundation for a lifetime of good health, energy, and vitality. Homemade Baby Food Pure & Simple shows you how. Inside you'll find:
·Tasty, easy-to-make recipes that your baby will love
·Pediatrician-approved nutritional guidelines and advice
·Practical hints and tips to save time and money
·Sample menus and food introduction charts
·Special recipes for allergies and sleep difficulties
·Simple ways to teach good eating habits for life
"This book is a valuable and unique resource for mothers who want to provide the very best for their babies." ?Mary Cadieux, M.D., University of Washington, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Customer Reviews

The information is easy to follow and extremely practical.
"keestee"
My baby prefers homemade foods over the store bought and this book is excellent for making his meals complete.
Tami Barrett
I made all of my daughter's baby food so my husband gave me this book.
AAA Niagara Books

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153 of 160 people found the following review helpful By "noel17" on April 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Do not buy this book! There are many recipes that introduce foods in too early compared to the information in other baby cook books. I was shocked to see recipes which included eggs and yogurt for four month olds! (both of which should not be introduced until after six months) Check out "The Healthy Baby Meal PLanner" or "First Foods" they are much easier to read and in my opinion safer choices.
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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Kia Staton on February 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was disapointed with this book. While it did include some good information, such as the reccommended age to start baby with at many foods, I could've thought the recipes up myself. For example the carrot recipe took up a third of a page and was basically: Boil the carrots until soft, then blend until smooth. The recipe for rice cereal is to go buy a box at the store and add water. I make rice cereal for my baby by boiling brown rice in distilled water until it is very soft, then putting it in the blender with more distilled water. It tastes much better than the boxed crap at the store and if needed formula can be added to improve the iron content. THis book is also not for the nutritionist. Many of the recipes for toddlers have sugar and butter added to them. I don't even eat butter or sugar, why give it to a baby? I make my baby's dinner every night when I make my own. Only takes a minute to blend. These recipes are meant to make in advance and freeze
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This books uses refined grains, flour, Jell-O, store-bought cereals and baking mixes containing addivites, colorings and preservatives plus lots of sugar - not what I want to start my baby off on.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2001
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I agree with everything the reviewer below says, and want to highlight my biggest disappointment. For baby's first birthday cake, the author provides a recipe for a peanut butter and honey cake. Honey can be deadly for babies, and peanut butter is such a common allergen - why would you put these two dangerous ingredients together in a cake for your baby and his/her little friends?
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tera on July 12, 2003
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I just want to say that I found this book to contradict itself in many sections. I was also very dissapointed to find that it did not even start into a description of how to prepare your own baby food until chapter 5. Half the book has information on breastfeeding and formula feeding. I also was dissapointed with the recipes that were included, the recipes do not include detailed preparation information and asume that you know exactly how to prepare it already.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Lim on June 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wish I had this book when my baby was 6 months old and just starting out! Many of the recipes would seem to be common sense: boil or steam a vegetable/fruit and puree it. However I'm not very creative at meal planning and being told exactly how to steam a peach is actually quite helpful. She explains how to prepare foods I wouldn't have thought of for a baby like celery or cucumber or red bell pepper. She even explains how to make your own teething biscuits. For those who need simple instructions and basic ideas, this book is great. Plus it draws info from a panel of experts including two doctors, a nurse, a dietician, and a nutritionist.

Most of the ingredients are common and probably in your kitchen. There are several fun ethnic recipes too which may contain a few unusual ingredients but they aren't hard to find. It doesn't pretend to be a health-food book but is not filled with unhealthy recipes either (except the holiday foods chapter).

She does not recommend eggs or yogurt for a 4mo baby as someone said. She clearly states that yolks wait until 8mo and whites 1yr, and yogurt 7mo. In fact she is careful to list a number of allergenic and/or dangerous foods to avoid in the first year including honey and peanut butter (although I was surprised by honey-peanut butter icing for "First Birthday Cake" as friends at the party may not be a year yet). The recipes containing these foods are obviously intended for toddlers.

There is plenty of helpful information on specific nutrients and nutritional requirements at various ages. There is one chapter of 10 pages on breast/bottle; it's not half the book. This book is excellent for a new mom during the first year and after that you'll probably want to collect a few more references.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the only book I found written with pediatrician guidelines and was real simple to read. The author did an outstanding job dividing this into categories of 4 months, 7 months and Toddler age. I don't know what the other reviewer was speaking to on eggs (she actually introduced them at 12 months)..I work an 8 hour shift and its nice to know my little one can eat fresh homemade baby food.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2003
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I echo the thoughts of another reviewer who said she would not feed these meals to her child. Many of the recipes contain age-inappropriate ingredients, and the most important thing seems to be that the recipes appeal to the adult palate rather than meet the child's needs. According to the book, the author became interested in writing a baby food book before she had children and when she was working in a completely unrelated field - sounds a bit suspicious to me. Perhaps she just thought it would be fun and didn't take the time to do the proper research. Choose one of many other excellent baby food books rather than wasting your money on this one.
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