Confession: I don’t have a baby and I’m not expecting one, either.
I got this book for a friend of mine who IS expecting a baby. But let me tell you, as a human who has spent a fair amount of time with babies and toddlers, this book is gold. I can only imagine how helpful it could be for someone who is an expecting parent.
This is one of the most comprehensive guides I’ve seen on feeding babies and young children. One of the best parts about it is the question and answer format. Instead of needing to skim entire pages to find a two-sentence answer to your question, it is already formatted that way.
There are also helpful tables regarding growth rate, calories needed, timing to introduce solid foods, meal plans for breastfeeding moms, etc. These quick references are incredibly helpful.
The authors went one step further and added in recipes, which was a pleasant surprise. Nutrition books are often hit-and-miss with including recipes, often opting to only include a handful at the end. “Guide to Feeding” has recipes at the end of every single chapter. Most are nutritious recipes for the whole family–although some are more intended for parents than offspring (for instance, bean and kale soup).
The book also deals quite heavily with food allergies, how to identify them, and how to cope with them. As someone with a lifelong food allergy, I greatly appreciated this. In the back of the book are very handy tables with tips for avoiding allergens.
Overall, this book seems excellent. I’ve been a nanny for infants and toddlers, and this book would have helped me immensely. It is an excellent resource to read in the months leading up to the arrival of the baby and then refer to afterwards. Truly an overall guide for feeding your children!
**I was provided a copy of this book by the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.