Baby Self-Feeding gives parents an easy to understand guide on introducing solid food into their baby's diet, complete with tips, tricks, recipes, and key developmental information. Your baby's relationship with food starts with her first bite. Set your child up for lifetime of healthy, adventurous eating by letting her or him lead the way!
Baby Self-Feeding puts your child in the driver's seat as you help to establish a positive relationship with what's on their plate. This book helps you encourage a confident and healthy eater at an early age by presenting you with:
- Valuable self-regulatory skills
- Mindful eating strategies
- 25 baby-tested and approved functional food recipes
- Smart-start purees and healthy finger foods, and how to introduce them
- Ways to avoid picky eating
- Methods for avoiding food allergies and reducing choking hazards
- Mess-free tips for dining out
Baby Self-Feeding offers practical solutions, step-by-step ways to transition your baby to early solid foods and smart-start purees. Homemade baby foods avoid the excess sugar, sodium, dyes, and fillers found in commercial products - plus, they're easy to make even if you are short on time. Let your baby learn to eat at her own pace with Baby Self-Feeding.
About the Author
Nancy Ripton is a writer and editor with two decades of experience in consumer publishing, writing for publications such as Pregnancy, Fit Pregnancy, More, Elle, Glamour, Men's Fitness and many more. She has worked as an editor-in-chief of various magazines including Oxygen, glow and (her current position) at Inside Fitness Women. With a background as a personal trainer and fitness program director, Nancy has always been passionate about health, fitness, nutrition and learning new ways to strive towards optimal health. Nancy is a mother of three, and co-founded JustTheFactsBaby.com after having her first child nine years ago. She has become a go-to online voice for trusted, well-researched parenting advice. This is her first book.
Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a pediatric feeding specialist and certified speech language pathologist. Her practice focuses on the family and teaching the fundamentals of parenting in the kitchen. Melanie has over 15 years of experience helping babies, children and teens learn to eat a variety of healthy foods. The spectrum of kids on her caseload includes children with significant medical issues to the garden-variety picky eater. Melanie's extensive knowledge of how children learn the developmental process known as "feeding" and her joyful approach in supporting the whole family on their feeding journey is the perfect combination and leads to happier, healthier mealtimes for everyone. Melanie is the coauthor of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater and author of Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Creating Healthy Eaters for Life 9
1 The Evolution of Baby Feeding 13
2 Early Nutritional Guidance: Encouraging Adventurous and Healthy Eaters 25
3 Weaning from the Breast or Bottle 45
4 Mindful Purees 65
5 A Healthy Start with Self-Feeding 79
6 Understanding Your Child's Early Nutritional Needs 93
7 Self-Feeding Safety: Hazards, Allergies, and Special Diets 107
8 Table Manners, Messy Eating Solutions, and Tips for Dining Out 137
9 Addressing Picky Eating 147
10 Recipes for Early Self-Feeders (6 to 9 Months) 157
11 Recipes for Emergent Self-Feeders (10 to 12 months) 171
12 Recipes for Competent Self-Feeders (13 to 18 months) 193
About the Authors 219