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Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way To Raise Happy, Independent Eaters

Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2018. 208p. illus. index. ISBN 9780544963405. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780544963429. COOKING
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After the success of Real Baby Food, Helwig explores the perspective of infant-led eating, as recent changes in the philosophy of feeding babies advocate for the "promotion of early self-feeding" and "early exposure to a variety of tastes." To get started, there is a helpful daily meal schedule with suggested portion sizes that is also categorized by age (i.e., four to six months, etc). Kitchen tools and allergy rules are discussed along with food safety basics. Featured recipes include kale and white bean mash, cauliflower-kale tots, and teff porridge, with nutrition per serving noted alongside each. Other highlights are sesame-soba noodles and fruity pops. In promoting that the baby opt for themselves (with supervision), conflict over food can be reduced and dexterity and independence developed.
VERDICT The baby gets to choose (and have more variety) in this easy-to-use guide.

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