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Homemade Baby Food Pure & Simple: Your Complete Guide to Preparing Easy, Nutritious, and Delicious Meals for Baby and Toddler [Paperback]

Connie Linardakis
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Jan. 25 2001
You Can Prepare Wonderful Food for Your Baby—No Matter How Busy You Are!

You want to provide your baby with the very best foods, right from the start. Homemade baby food is tastier and nutritionally superior to commercially processed foods—and making it is easier than you think! With simple ingredients and a few handy hints, you can begin serving your baby delicious meals that will provide the foundation for a lifetime of good health, energy, and vitality. Homemade Baby Food Pure & Simple shows you how. Inside you'll find:

•Tasty, easy-to-make recipes that your baby will love
•Pediatrician-approved nutritional guidelines and advice
•Practical hints and tips to save time and money
•Sample menus and food introduction charts
•Special recipes for allergies and sleep difficulties
•Simple ways to teach good eating habits for life

"This book is a valuable and unique resource for mothers who want to provide the very best for their babies." —Mary Cadieux, M.D., University of Washington, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Feb. 22 2001
I was disapointed with this book. While it did include some good information, such as the reccommended age to start baby with at many foods, I could've thought the recipes up myself. For example the carrot recipe took up a third of a page and was basically: Boil the carrots until soft, then blend until smooth. The recipe for rice cereal is to go buy a box at the store and add water. I make rice cereal for my baby by boiling brown rice in distilled water until it is very soft, then putting it in the blender with more distilled water. It tastes much better than the boxed crap at the store and if needed formula can be added to improve the iron content. THis book is also not for the nutritionist. Many of the recipes for toddlers have sugar and butter added to them. I don't even eat butter or sugar, why give it to a baby? I make my baby's dinner every night when I make my own. Only takes a minute to blend. These recipes are meant to make in advance and freeze
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview for first time mom's Feb. 18 2006
By A Customer
I was disappointed to read the other reviews for this book as I thought it was a life saver for me when I decided to make all my own food for my son. Although the focus of the book is more for infants, I still occasionally refer to some recepies for my 18 month now. It was the first book I picked up to help me understand how to prepare all his food and I found the chapters at the beginning very helpful and informative. About 1/2 the book is information and the other half is recepies. I used this book frequently in preparing and freezing meals for my son when I first introduced foods to him at 6 months. Then when he was older, some ideas like making meatballs with pieces of cheese inside I thought was creative and never heard of before - and something he really enjoys. Again, I thought the information was very informative and very glad that I puchased the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily prepared, pediatrician-approved recipes April 24 2001
Now even the most novice parent can provide baby with homemade baby foods that are tastier and nutritionally superior to even the best of the processed (and expensive!) jarred foods with Homemade Baby Food Pure & Simple. This "user friendly" compendium of easily prepared, pediatrician-approved recipes come with clear instructions, nutritional guidelines, and sound advice, including practical hints and invaluable tips that will save both time and money. Sample menus and food introduction charts are provided, along with special recipes for allergies and sleep difficulties. Homemade Baby Food Pure & Simple is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library parenting reference collections.
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1.0 out of 5 stars There are better baby food books out there March 7 2003
By A Customer
I echo the thoughts of another reviewer who said she would not feed these meals to her child. Many of the recipes contain age-inappropriate ingredients, and the most important thing seems to be that the recipes appeal to the adult palate rather than meet the child's needs. According to the book, the author became interested in writing a baby food book before she had children and when she was working in a completely unrelated field - sounds a bit suspicious to me. Perhaps she just thought it would be fun and didn't take the time to do the proper research. Choose one of many other excellent baby food books rather than wasting your money on this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor information July 12 2003
By Tera
I just want to say that I found this book to contradict itself in many sections. I was also very dissapointed to find that it did not even start into a description of how to prepare your own baby food until chapter 5. Half the book has information on breastfeeding and formula feeding. I also was dissapointed with the recipes that were included, the recipes do not include detailed preparation information and asume that you know exactly how to prepare it already.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Do not trust this book April 27 2001
Do not buy this book! There are many recipes that introduce foods in too early compared to the information in other baby cook books. I was shocked to see recipes which included eggs and yogurt for four month olds! (both of which should not be introduced until after six months) Check out "The Healthy Baby Meal PLanner" or "First Foods" they are much easier to read and in my opinion safer choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT FOR WORKING MOTHERS March 24 2002
By A Customer
This is the only book I found written with pediatrician guidelines and was real simple to read. The author did an outstanding job dividing this into categories of 4 months, 7 months and Toddler age. I don't know what the other reviewer was speaking to on eggs (she actually introduced them at 12 months)..I work an 8 hour shift and its nice to know my little one can eat fresh homemade baby food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Sept. 27 2002
I so appreciate the information in this book. I knew that I wanted to make homemade baby food; however, I was intimidated by the process until I read this book. I feel confident in my abilities to do this now. I can't wait to start this next stage in a couple of weeks. The information is easy to follow and extremely practical. Making homemade baby food is no longer intimidating!
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