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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Bull Publishing Company; Third Edition, Third edition edition (March 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0923521518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0923521516
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confused about feeding your baby or toddler? Child of Mine, by noted nutritionist Ellyn Satter, is an essential guide for every new parent concerned with nutrition and appetite. Satter's advice is thorough and straightforward: "You can't control or dictate the quantity of food your child eats, and you shouldn't try. You also can't control or dictate the kind of body your child develops, and you shouldn't try. What you can do, and it is a great deal, is set things up for your child so she, herself, can regulate her food intake as well as possible, and so she can develop a healthy body that is constitutionally right for her."

Child of Mine provides information on all aspects of feeding, from pregnancy through the toddler years. Satter begins with historical and social perspectives on infant feeding, describing how formula was developed and discussing the social movement that lead to accepting a child's input into his or her own development. Nutrition during pregnancy, infant feeding, introducing solid foods, building positive eating relationships, and avoiding eating disorders are all discussed. The sections on breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, and on the regulation of food intake (particularly the relationship between parental attitudes and children's eating habits) are especially recommended.

Satter provides specific nutritional information (including charts, diagrams, and nutritional breakdowns) interspersed with a no-nonsense, experienced perspective that will help you establish good eating habits that your children will benefit from long after they're out of diapers. --Ericka Lutz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An excellent source of solid nutrition information. . . . it espouses a philosophy of moderation and common sense that fosters good health, good eating habits, and, most of all, a loving relationship between parents and children. —Washington Post

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 23 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a correction to what the person wrote in the review titled "Breastfeeding Moms Should Know". The reviewer claims that the author was exerting her recommendation of when to stop breastfeeding and thus a 2 star review. The reviewer is misguided on what weaning means. Weaning is the process of changing from one diet to another. In this case, this applies to "changing" from EXCLUSIVE breastfeeding/formula to adding complementary foods while continuing to use breastmilk/formula. If you read closely in the book, she talks about weaning from either formula and breastmilk. She does not mention stopping breastmilk completely. The key word is "wean" not "stop"-they are not the same. The reason why weaning is introduced in the chapters for 6 months to 12 months is because weaning from exclusive breastmilk or formula is typically done when complementary solid foods are introduced. Furthermore to clarify the recommendations given by the previous reviewer, the AAP and WHO both recommend exclusive breastfeeding to 6 months of age. In addition, WHO recommends use of breastmilk for up to 2 years of age while complementary foods are provided.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By teachermissy on April 7 2003
Format: Paperback
When my 4-month old went for her well-baby check up, our pediatrician said we could start solids. That was all the direction I got. As I reported this news to grandparents, neighbors and friends, I got all kinds of conflicting advice. I knew the basics-- You put the food on the spoon and when baby opens up get as much in there as possible. But like all first time parents, I wanted to do things "right" (research documented, tried & true, supported by physicians and child development experts).

I am NOT a good eater. I am very picky. I didn't want my daughter to grow up that way. Thankfully, due mostly to this book, she did not. She LOVES vegetables and fruits. She'll turn down a cookie to eat what the rest of the family is eating. I've been complemented by relatives, friends, day care providers and strangers in restaurants about how well she eats. I still pull "Child of Mine" out every so often to review and it never disappoints me.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone out there looking for some good feeding advice...the tips Ellyn Satter gives serve not just to get you through infant, baby and toddlerhood feeding, but to set patterns that can continue through life. My only regret is that I'd had this book before my daughter was born so the chapters on breast and bottlefeeding would have been more help. (BTW, she is not at all judgmental or preachy.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Manske on June 23 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading "How to Get Your Kid to Eat . .. But Not Too Much" and found this book to be redundant. The book itself is good, but if you read Satter's other books, you don't need this one.
In addition, I found "How to Get Your Kid to Eat" to be more concise with basically the same information. Busy parents can get the same help with feeding their children in a much shorter book.
This book focuses heavily on infant feeding, both breast and bottle, as well as starting solids. As a breastfeeding mom, I found the chapter on breastfeeding to be average. You're better off with a good breastfeeding book, as you'll need one anyway. The bottlefeeding information presented is very important, as it is tempting to try and control your child's eating when you use a bottle. This book helps you avoid that. There aren't many books on bottlefeeding. Again, though, the important facts about sharing control with your child while bottlefeeding are in her other books.
I highly recommend Ellyn Satter, especially to parents with eating issues that they don't want to pass on to their children. One of her two other books is a better, more comprehensive read, though.
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By A Customer on Feb. 24 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is GREAT! It has helped me immensely in transitioning my son from breastfeeding to eating on his own. He enjoys eating, eats a wide variety of foods, and is adventurous with new foods. We often get compliments and envious comments from other parents regarding his eating skills.
After reading this book I often cringe when I see other parents complain about their children's eating habits, fight with their children over what they should eat, and frustrate themselves by cooking special foods for their kids which the kids then reject. All of this is unnecessary, and in fact detrimental to a child's sense of competence. It can also lead to eating disorders.
This book does tend to be wordy and repetitive, and could have benefited from tighter editing. However, I think that the take-home message is a critical one for parents, and an important adjunct to your pediatrician's advice (which is often scarce on this subject). The above reviewers who gave this book poor reviews seem to be either unwilling to educate themselves about childrearing, or were looking for (and didn't find) justification for unusual feeding practices. It is ludicrous to think that Satter's philosophy is wrong because it has withstood the test of time... she is THE authority on this subject, and for good reason.
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By A Customer on Oct. 19 2001
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this book from a friend because I was stumped about what to feed my baby as she seemed to be getting too big for a diet of cereal and pureed food. I think it's a great companion book for Super Baby Food because it deals with what constitutes a meal and how to feed your baby, while Super Baby Food tells you how to prepare it. I especially like that her advice about nutrition (and the need for fat in baby and toddler diets) is based on solid research. The "Best Odds Diet" in What to Expect the First Year gives lots of advice about what to feed your child, but it seems to be based purely on the authors' opinions and I don't feel comfortable with that.
Now I've bought it as a gift for a pregnant friend.
I've read some of the other reviews, and I encourage parents to consider all child rearing books as sources of ideas, rather than THE ANSWER. Expecting books to be tailor-made for your child is a sure way to be disappointed with all of them. Also, it's true that Ellyn Satter comes down on the less controlling end of the spectrum for how to feed your child. But she does suggest that older babies and toddlers learn that they will eat only meal and snack times-- so you aren't feeding on demand forever!
This is the only parenting book I'd give as a gift so far.
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