Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World

Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World

by Lisa Lewis
Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World

Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World

by Lisa Lewis


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Parenting practices vary widely between countries and cultures. For example, in countries such as the Philippines, breastfeeding after age one year is common, and parents can make their own decision about what is right for their family. In Korea, babies eat a variety of spices and flavors, helping them develop a diverse palate and healthy eating habits.  And in Italy, parents prevent separation anxiety by taking their babies to markets, restaurants, and churches and passing them around from person to person.

Feed the Baby Hummus teaches parents to confidently incorporate various multicultural practices into their own caretaking plan. Pediatrician Lisa Lewis offers the wisdom and proven caretaking practices of the cultures of the world, drawn from her own training, research, travel, and clinical experience. Although certain standards of care must exist for babies to thrive and be happy, Feed the Baby Hummus offers a variety of cross-cultural parenting information and baby care guidance from a trusted source. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945547799
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 754,258
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A practicing pediatrician for twenty years, Dr. Lisa Lewis currently serves the Fort Worth community at Kid Care Pediatrics. She has traveled the world extensively experiencing medical and parenting philosophies in various countries. In 2016 and 2017, Fort Worth Child magazine gave her a Mom-Approved Pediatrician designation based on patient votes.

In addition to her pediatric practice, Dr. Lewis contributes to various blogs and websites including Bloggy Moms and the website for New Parent Magazine. She is an active member of and contributor to Multicultural Kid Blogs, where readers from all over the world convene to share multicultural parenting information. She also reaches out to hundreds of followers via Facebook and via her website, lisalewismd.com.

Dr. Lewis is an international medical graduate, attending medical school at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. During her third and fourth years of medical studies, she performed her clinical rotations at London Hospital Medical College in England, where she received clinical honors. She completed her pediatric residency at Texas A & M University Health Science Center, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, in Temple, Texas. While at Texas A & M University Health Science Center, she also served as chief resident. She then stayed on staff for two years, as assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She left academia in 1998 to take care of children in a primary care setting.

Dr. Lewis is board-certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. An active member of the Writers's League of Texas, her writing focuses on helping families enjoy cultured, healthy futures.

Table of Contents

PART 1: Behavior and Development

Chapter 1: Bonding and Nurturing    

  • Extended Holding: Indonesia: 105th Day Ceremony     
  • Switzerland: Frequent Soothing  
  • Making Eye Contact        
  • Feeling Your Skin
  • Playing Joyful Music       
  • Maori, New Zealand: Music Through Storytelling          
  • Palliative Baby Bath        
  • Malaysia: Ladle Bath with Telon Oil       
  • Massaging Your Infant    
  • India: Massage as Normal Baby Care      
  • Baby Rocking      
  • Sumatra: Vertical Baby Rocking 
  • Speaking to Your Baby   
  • Japan: Gentle Speech       
  • Feeding to Nurture Your Baby    
  • Reading to Your Baby     
  • Africa: Babywearing Supports Contentment      
  • Difficulties with Bonding and Attachment         
  • Nigeria: Don’t Let Your Baby Cry          
  • Jamaica: Rose Water Soothing    
  • Spoiling Babies Is Impossible      
  •  India: Distraction Provides a Helpful Reaction   

Chapter 2: Stages of Development    

  • Development: The First Month    
  • Development: Months One to Three       
  • Development: Months Four to Six          
  • Southern Africa: !Kung’s Side Sling Efficiency 
  • United Kingdom: Affectionate Nursery Rhymes
  • Development: Months Seven to Nine      
  • Development: Months Ten to Twelve     
  • Colombia: Extended Family Nurturing   

Chapter 3: Parental Blues and Sibling Rivalry          

  • What Are Parental Blues? 
  • Vietnam: Family and Friends Deliver Prolonged Care    
  • What Is Sibling Rivalry?  
  • Singapore: Foster a New and Loving Relationship         

Chapter 4: Security Objects   

  • England: Don’t Leave Home without Your Teddy Bear!          

Chapter 5: Separation and Stranger Anxiety 

  • What Is Separation Anxiety?       
  • Italy: Pass the Baby, Everywhere!           
  • What Is Stranger Anxiety?           
  • Tibet: Father Involvement

Chapter 6: Your Baby’s Sleeping 

  • Sleep Patterns for Your Baby      
  • Holland: Practical Dutch Schedules        
  • Outdoor Napping 
  • Co-Sleeping         
  • Older Baby Sleeping        
  • Helping Your Baby Sleep
  • Crying It Out (CIO)         
  • Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome       
  • Finland: Baby in a Box    

PART 2: Decisions to Make  

Chapter 7: Naming Your Baby   

  • British and French Traditions
  • Family Names      
  • Trendy Names
  • World Naming Ceremonies         

Chapter 8: Items for Your New Baby

  • Spain: Who Needs a Highchair?
  • What to Do Before Baby Arrives
  • Baby’s Clothing
  • Greece: Godparents Buy First Shoes
  • Traditional China’s Multicolored Garment                      
  • Diapers     
  • Pacifiers   
  • Canadian Dental Association’s View of Pacifiers
  • Irish Late Pacifier Weaning
  • Medical Items      
  • A Few Items for Mom     
  • Wool Breast Pads in Northern Europe

Chapter 9: Circumcision   

  • Performing Circumcisions
  • Religious Circumcision Around the World
  • Post-Circumcision Care   
  • Care of the Penis in Uncircumcised Boys
  • Pros and Cons of Circumcising Your Son           

Chapter 10: Child Care for Working Parents

  • In-Home Babysitter or Nanny     
  • Daycare Centers   
  • Questions to Ask 
  • Italy Provided the Montessori Method Adapted by Daycare Centers 

PART 3: Diet and Nutrition  
Chapter 11: Allergies to Foods and Environment  

  • Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance          
  • Allergies and Being Born Outside the United States        
  • Ways to Reduce Allergies in Babies        

Chapter 12: Feeding Your Baby 

  • Nipple Feeding Your Baby          
  • Scheduling Feedings
  • African Mothers Don’t Schedule Feedings         

Chapter 13: Burping, Gas, and Hiccups 

  • Burping and Gas  
  • Hiccups    

Chapter 14: Breastfeeding Moms 

  • Comparing Breastfeeding to Formula Feeding   
  • Iceland: Nonjudgmental Approach to Breastfeeding
  • Prolonged Breastfeeding in the Philippines

Chapter 15: Deciding to Feed Your Baby Formula  

  • Choosing a Formula         
  • Tips for Preparing and Storing Formula
  • Prepared Water in Japan  

Chapter 16: Pumping Breast Milk for Your Baby 

  • Advice on Pumping Milk 
  • Monaco’s Breastfeeding Education
  • Storing Breast Milk          
  • Common Side Effects of Breastfeeding 
  • Increasing Your Breast Milk If Necessary
  • Laos and Thailand: Use Ginger to Increase Breast Milk Supply  

Chapter 17: Nipple Weaning—Bottle or Breast     

  • When to Wean Your Infant         
  • Weaning in Taiwan Using a Cup
  • Getting Your Baby to Sleep While Weaning      

Chapter 18: Starting Foods for Your Baby  

  • Introducing Solids           
  • Adjusting to the New Way of Eating      
  • Adding Soft Chunky “Finger” Foods     
  • International Use of Spices, Herbs and Natural Flavors
  •  Healthy and Safe Eating and Drinking   

Chapter 19: Preventing Overeating and Obesity  

  • Dangers of Overeating     
  • Japanese Customs of Healthy Eating for Babies

Chapter 20: Vitamins for Your Baby

  • Important Supplements for Babies
  • Lebanon: Hummus Boosts Vitamin and Mineral Intake 
  • Meat (or Not) in Your Baby’s Diet         
  • Herbal Supplements         

Chapter 21: Pesticides and Your Baby      

  • How Pesticides are Harmful        
  • What Can You Do to Limit Exposure?   
  • France’s Fresh Ingredient Cooking
  • Pesticides in and around the Home       

PART 4: Symptoms and Care
Chapter 22: Your Baby’s Contact with Others    

  • Baby’s Months 0–2          
  • Baby’s Month 3   
  • Baby’s Months 3–12        
  • European Respiratory Journal: Rural Babies Have Less Allergies

Chapter 23: Your Baby’s Head, Eyes, and Ears    

  • Keeping Your Baby Healthy       

Chapter 24: Your Baby’s Hair and Nail Care

  • Hair Care  
  • Coconut Oil Used in India for Cradle Cap
  •  Ceremonial Haircuts in China
  • Nail Care  
  • European Hazel Eyes

Chapter 25: Your Baby’s Oral Health      

  • Caring for Teeth and Gums
  • Armenian First Tooth Ceremony 

Chapter 26: Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord  

  • Cutting the Cord  
  • World Umbilical Cord Traditions


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