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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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Confused about feeding your baby or toddler? Child of Mine, by noted nutritionist Ellyn Satter, is an essential guide for every new parent concerned with nutrition and appetite. Satter's advice is thorough and straightforward: "You can't control or dictate the quantity of food your child eats, and you shouldn't try. You also can't control or dictate the kind of body your child develops, and you shouldn't try. What you can do, and it is a great deal, is set things up for your child so she, herself, can regulate her food intake as well as possible, and so she can develop a healthy body that is constitutionally right for her."
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. And it is the child's job to determine if he will eat the food and how much. Elegantly simple; eminently powerful.
The book offers straight-forward advice on feeding your child, from pregnancy through childhood. The sections on infant feeding are informative, educational and, (imagine!) non-judgmental. Satter's advice on the debate between breast feeding and bottle-feeding is comforting and credible. The book also covers introducing solid foods, building positive eating relationships, and avoiding feeding disorders. If you've read and benefited from earlier editions of "Child of Mine", you'll love this new edition, which includes the anecdotes and lessons of Ellyn Satter's many years of experience dealing with families and food.
The book goes through different childhood stages from newborn and up, so you can pick and choose to read the parts that are relevant to you.
What we did with our 2.5 year old was simple. If he threw the food, we took his meal away and let him down from the high chair. Then no food till the next snack/meal. The idea was that he would learn to sit and feed himself, and learn that sitting at dinner with us is a privilege, and if he didn't eat, he'd be a little hungry (but not starving of course, as the next snack/meal was a mere few hours away). Dinner time was hard because bedtime comes next, and we were worried that he'd wake at night hungry. It didn't happen! We offered milk before bed and he drank a lot, and then slept till morning, was hungry for breakfast, and ate well. When I offered new food I put it next to him, didn't press him, and kept offering it to him, and he did exactly the author said. He looked at it, then next time he'd touch it, then he'd put it in his mouth, make a face, and take it out, then next time he'd eat a little, etc. Over time he accepted it. In the past if he wouldn't eat it I'd never offer it again, thinking he didn't like it. He's now almost 3 and a good eater.
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Satter's feeding advice is absolutely fantastic.Read more