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Baby Bites Paperback – July 10, 2007
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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 iParenting.com and babycenter.com. She lives in Texas, with her husband and two children. .
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It has information on breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and other newborn feeding information as well as how to start and progress with solids.
I have found this most helpful with transitioning and progressing solids. It has a handy schedule, based on age, showing suggestions for what to feed and when.
Some of the allergy-information is a little outdated from what the AAP now thinks but everything else seems solid!
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).
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.