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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: Baby Bites: Everything You Need to Know about Feeding Babies and Toddlers in One Handy Book by Bridget Swinney

Baby BitesWhen we had our son, I can remember trying to learn everything I could about feeding including breastfeeding (pros, cons, benefits, etc), formula feeding, how to breastfeed while going back to work, etc. Then, when it was time to start introducing solid foods, I read the information the doctor provided, as well as anything else I could find (Gerber had some helpful charts).

I only wish I had this book! It provides you with everything you need for the first two years of your child's life and beyond (as well as some great information on health benefits for Moms as a result of breastfeeding) in wonderful detail, fully supported by references in the back of the book. The book follows the progression of a child's growth from pre-birth through age two+. Bridget Swinney has included many recipes including purees for infants as well as finger foods for toddlers. This is the perfect all-in-one resource for busy parents and grandparents, as well as child-care workers. The book has also won the iParenting Media Award.

Content: The book is comprised of two main sections, which encompass a total of 18 chapters. (Part 1: The Liquid Diet) : Getting Ready for Your New Arrival, Breastfeeding, Power Eating for Breastfeeding, Formula Feeding, Going Back to Work, Your Baby's Digestive System, Nutrition 101 for Babies and Toddlers. (Part 2: Adding Solids) : Starting Solids, Making Baby Food: The Basics, Food Safety for Babies and Toddlers, About Six Months, Six to Eight Months, Eight to Ten Months, Ten to Twelve Months, Twelve to Eighteen Months, Eighteen to Twenty-Four Months, Two Years and Older, Preventing Childhood Obesity.

The book also contains a Forward by pediatrician and mom Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, and an Introduction, References and an Index.

Format: The book is broken into two main parts: liquid, solids. Each main part is broken into chapters that make finding answers to your questions very easy. Each chapter is detailed and filled with helpful information and facts. The later chapters include helpful recipes and sample menus for your toddler.

Readability: An easy-to-read, and easy-to-use book.

Overall: The perfect all-in-one book that will provide readers with important information pertaining to the nutritional needs and feeding of infants through 2+. This is a wonderful resource for parents, grandparents, schools and child-care workers.

Baby Bites: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Babies and Toddlers in One Handy Book
by Bridget Swinney
Meadowbrook; 1 edition (July 10, 2007) ~ 370 pages
Non-Fiction / Parenting / Childcare

Edition Reviewed: Paperback - many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy to review!

Perfect for : Personal Use, Preschool, Daycare, Gift

Description of Baby Bites by Bridget Swinney From Amazon:

Finally, it's all in one book! Parents used to need an entire bookshelf to feed one baby and now everything you need to know about feeding your infant and toddler is available in one book. This unique book -- part nutritional guide, part recipe book -- helps parents understand their baby's nutritional needs and prepare tasty food that encourages healthy eating habits. This helpful guide includes:

-Detailed information on both breastfeeding and formula-feeding
-A chapter explaining how a baby's digestion works, including tips for dealing with digestive challenges like illness, allergies, intolerances, and reflux
-Steps parents can take to keep their baby's food safe
-Tips to help caregivers maintain baby's healthy diet when parents return to work
-"Nutrition 101" for parents -- everything they need to know about a baby's nutritional needs
-Advice on starting solid foods, including recognizing readiness, introducing new foods and textures, and keeping mealtimes positive
-How to make your own baby food
-Comprehensive information and advice organized by stages of a baby's development
-Nutrition and feeding strategies for parents
-Recipe ideas for finger and table foods your toddler will love

About the Author: Bridget Swinney (From Amazon)

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.

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate.  If you happen to make any purchases on Amazon by clicking through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, I will receive a very small percentage of the sale, which will then go toward my wish listed books.  :)


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