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Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – March 1, 2000
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Child of Mine provides information on all aspects of feeding, from pregnancy through the toddler years. Satter begins with historical and social perspectives on infant feeding, describing how formula was developed and discussing the social movement that lead to accepting a child's input into his or her own development. Nutrition during pregnancy, infant feeding, introducing solid foods, building positive eating relationships, and avoiding eating disorders are all discussed. The sections on breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, and on the regulation of food intake (particularly the relationship between parental attitudes and children's eating habits) are especially recommended.
Satter provides specific nutritional information (including charts, diagrams, and nutritional breakdowns) interspersed with a no-nonsense, experienced perspective that will help you establish good eating habits that your children will benefit from long after they're out of diapers. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If this scenario recurs almost daily at your house (as it does at mine), then you should BUY THIS BOOK. It is one of those rare parenting books that actually gives you answers. It delivers them up in a friendly, no-nonsense style, based on the author's experience as a mother of three and as registered dietician/clinical social worker. Ellyn Satter has seen it all, and we can all benefit from the wealth of her experience. After reading this updated and expanded edition, I have learned to let my children serve themselves from the serving dishes on the table, and then to sit back and not worry about what else happens. Satter's philosophy regarding feeding is that it is the parent's job to determine the what and when of feeding: what food gets offered and when.Read more ›
*You probably don't need to BUY this book. The core of Satter's ideas are laid out on her website, albeit it's kind of a circular journey going from link to link to link.
*This book's (or Satter's website's) overview of how children grow and how their appetites can change from age to age is invaluable. Kids aren't born with instruction manuals, and I know it made me feel better to learn that it's perfectly normal for a baby to self-wean and become more food-fixated at 9 months (not all are like that) and that it's not out of character for a 2-year-old to become a pickier eater.
*Satter's overriding premise (her "division of eating responsibility") - that the what, when, and where of eating are up to the parent and that the choice of how much (if any) to eat is up to the child - is a sane one and, if followed in a positive, easy-going manner throughout a child's development, leads to long term healthy eating habits. Satter's system has prevented me from becoming that parent who a.) anxiously follows her child around with a forkful of spinach, begging her to "eat healthy" or b.) caters to her kid's every food whim and therefore becomes a slave to the tastes of a 3-year-old (or ends up cooking 2 or more dinners every night). Satter's way is a nice middle ground.Read more ›
In addition, I found "How to Get Your Kid to Eat" to be more concise with basically the same information. Busy parents can get the same help with feeding their children in a much shorter book.
This book focuses heavily on infant feeding, both breast and bottle, as well as starting solids. As a breastfeeding mom, I found the chapter on breastfeeding to be average. You're better off with a good breastfeeding book, as you'll need one anyway. The bottlefeeding information presented is very important, as it is tempting to try and control your child's eating when you use a bottle. This book helps you avoid that. There aren't many books on bottlefeeding. Again, though, the important facts about sharing control with your child while bottlefeeding are in her other books.
I highly recommend Ellyn Satter, especially to parents with eating issues that they don't want to pass on to their children. One of her two other books is a better, more comprehensive read, though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From birth to solid food consumption, this book offers the new parent a guide on the right foods to feed children with the goal of healthy foods with optimal nutrition(s).Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Reinforced that my more laid back feeding method of offering healthy foods is on the right track. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chelsea Bassett
This book saved my sanity, we dreaded meal time with my toddler, worried about his nutrition, that he wasn't getting enough, picky, would sporadically eat, then barely take a bite... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K
While it has some good things, I felt like most of it was her promoting other books. And some of the information seemed kinda... dated? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joanofarc
Loads of helpful tips for feeding children. She covers a broad range of issues affecting kids. Looking forward to implement the division of responsibilities.Published 2 months ago by Christy Lopez
Can't even finish the book. My husband and I can't stand the way she writes :(Published 3 months ago by Breanna Dranginis
Wonderful book full of valuable advice that may prove hard to apply. My only regret is not having bought it earlier, because the sections on feeding children (as opposed to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by a reader in Brussels
Best book for feeding children. Moderation and variety without power struggles.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer