Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby & Toddler

with Natalia Stasenko. Houghton Harcourt. 2015. 224p. photos. index. ISBN 9780544464957. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780544464964. COOKING
Helwig (food editor, Parents magazine) and registered dietician Stasenko offer a guide that can aid parents in planning and creating meals for a baby or toddler without resorting to jarred or processed food. Several helpful charts provide puree combinations, meatless sources of key nutrients (for vegan/vegetarian options), and portion sizes for babies by age range. Ways to be prepared for the hungry one include having the right tools, a well-stocked pantry, and freezing items for up to three months. Making your own cereal and teething biscuits is encouraged. Examples of recipes include baby's Bolognese, curried cauliflower, and chickpeas. For the toddler, there's a blueberry-spinach shake, toppings on toast, and more. The authors suggest babies eat at the family table, are introduced to new foods, and have a sippy cup handy, while relating that the child's appetite will vary. Some recipes feature a flavor kick or an age-it-up option. Other topics covered are safety (choking), gluten-free concerns, and wholesome feeding tips.
VERDICT A useful resource for recipes, advice, and ideas for the healthy feeding of babies and toddlers.
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