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Mommy Made and Daddy Too! (Revised): Home Cooking for a Healthy Baby & Toddler [Paperback]

Martha Kimmel , David Kimmel , Suzanne Goldenson
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Book Description

June 6 2000
Everyone loves a home-cooked meal--even babies and toddlers!  Experts agree that homemade baby food is the healthiest way to feed young children. By making their own baby food, parents can drastically reduce the sugar, salt, artificial colors, fillers, additives, and preservatives in their child's diet. And now making baby food from scratch has never been easier--with this practical, user-friendly cookbook by Martha and David Kimmel, founders of the phenomenally successful Mommy Made* line of baby and toddler food.

Updated for a special 10th anniversary edition, Mommy Made* is filled with 140 easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for introducing your baby to wholesome solid foods. These delicious, kid-tested dishes--which include finger foods, shakes and smoothies, snacks on the go, spoonable treats, and a variety of table dishes--were created with your baby's special nutritional needs in mind, and will help your child establish healthful eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Mommy Made* also includes:

Nutrition advice from birth to three years--incorporating guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics

A blueprint for when and how to get your baby started on solid food

Answers to parents' most frequently asked questions:  from milk and protein needs to determining portion size, preventing "hunger strikes," and detecting food allergies

Tips on pureeing, straining, and mashing, as well as storage, thawing and reheating, and using the microwave

A handy nutrition glossary, food pyramid, and list of helpful websites

And much more!

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The First Six Months

Feeding our children is where our parenting begins. From infancy on, food becomes a significant form of communicating and nurturing. When your infant cries, you run to comfort her with food. In this way she gains her first sense of relief and well-being. At the same time her hunger is being satiated, she is held, cooed to, and stroked. In this way food starts to represent security and love. Later in life food plays a central part in social gatherings, is shared on special holidays, and at times of celebration and mourning, or simply accompanies the daily ritual around the kitchen table when family business is discussed.

Mealtime is one of the richest family experiences you can share with your child. It is especially important in helping her develop healthy attitudes about nutritious foods and learn proper table manners, politeness, and respect for others. These early, positive experiences will have a tremendous impact on your child's future development.

"In psychoanalytic terms, Food and Mother mean the same thing," says Dr. Charles Clegg, a nationally prominent psychiatrist with the U.S.C. School of Medicine, specializing in eating disorders in children and adults. "And eating disorders can begin very early in life and most often do."

Today's working mother is often faced with leaving her child at a very early age. Six weeks is the national average. It is very important for parents to find a nurturing replacement for mother, Dr. Clegg explains. Babies who are cared for by adults who do not hold or touch them, except while feeding them, can wrongly teach baby that eating relieves not just hunger but also anger, depression, anxiety, and loneliness, a pattern that can lead to obesity later in life. Overeating and obesity are usually psychological problems, Dr. Clegg confirms. "Most overeaters do so because their good memories about life's experiences are surrounded by food." The best way to instill in your child a healthy attitude toward food is to spend quality time with her, holding her, playing with her--in  short, simply loving her. Food should be a great pleasure, but it shouldn't answer emotional needs.


While you may not get much sleep from your child's birth to age six months, you have it easy concerning food choices. The breast, the bottle, or a combination of the two are the only choices of nourishment for your baby until he begins to eat solid foods. (Solid foods are best introduced between baby's fourth- and sixth-month birthday.)

The decision is usually made during pregnancy, which is also the right time to start thinking about your own attitude toward feeding your children. Of course, there's flexibility in these decisions--above all, it has to work for you and your family--but what's done in the beginning can be hard to undo. So now is the time to decide on your philosophy. The very first decision, breast or bottle, is the first step in establishing your own food philosophy.


According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breast milk is the ideal food for infants because of its nutritional composition. Babies who are breast-fed are at reduced risk for ear infections and severe diarrhea. In addition, there is some evidence that for mothers, breast-feeding reduces certain types of cancer and may prevent hip fractures later in life. As a result, most pediatricians urge expectant mothers to breast-feed.

There is also strong evidence that breast milk can strengthen a baby's developing immune system. Breast milk has no curds and is therefore very digestible and never activates allergies, an important consideration if there is a strong allergy history in your family. While breast milk may not prevent your infant from having allergies, it can possibly delay their onset and minimize the severity of their symptoms.


Experts agree that during the months of breast-feeding, everything you consume will come through your breast milk. Timing of what you eat is as important as what you eat. Use your head with whatever you decide to consume, keeping in mind that your lunch will be your baby's dinner.

Alcohol, for example, is the most rapidly metabolized drug. It will enter your bloodstream and move through your milk very quickly. A cocktail glass of wine will have very little effect, if any, on your baby if consumed after feeding, and the blows will be further softened if the drink is consumed with food. The same goes for caffeine. Spread your intake--two to three cups of coffee or tea a day--over the course of the day and consume it only after feeding your baby.

When breast-feeding, vitamin and mineral supplements you take may not agree with your baby. If you are supplementing your iron to combat post-partum fatigue, we suggest that instead of popping an iron-fortified vitamin capsule, you eat iron-rich foods together with foods that are high in vitamin C, which aids the body's ability to absorb iron. (See vitamin and mineral information, page 46.)


Many first-time moms who are breast-feeding ask: "Is my baby getting enough to eat? He seems to be on a feeding frenzy and can't nurse often enough." Many of these moms erroneously feel that they are not producing enough milk. On the contrary, these "feeding frenzies" often coincide with baby's many growth spurts. The first one often occurs right around baby's two-week birthday, and subsequent spurts most often occur at six weeks, three months, and six months. (Of course, your baby may not fit this schedule perfectly.) The more your baby nurses, the more milk you will produce, so you need not worry about your baby's food supply. If it's more milk that the baby wants, take advantage of the situation and express the extra milk to use later. During growth spurts, your baby may demand feedings every two hours for a few days straight. Your body will adjust by producing what your baby needs. It's nature's way of producing the supply to satisfy the demand.


If you've decided that breast-feeding simply won't work for your lifestyle, you can feel very confident in offering your baby a formula that your doctor recommends. Your baby will thrive, and his well-being will not be compromised on regular formula. Most regular formulas are based on cow's milk. But plain cow's milk should never be given to a baby under one year of age. And under no circumstances should a baby be given goat's milk (See information on milk allergies and intolerances, pages 24-25.)

Your baby can, however, be sensitive or allergic to formula. It may, for example, surprise you that corn syrup solids are commonly used in many infant formulas, considering that corn is number three on the list of common allergy-producing foods that cause sensitivity in infants (cow's milk is number one). (See Common Allergy-Producing Foods, page 24.) If you suspect your baby needs a formula change--diarrhea, irritability, crying, and rashes are some symptoms--discuss your observations with your doctor. There is no reason in the world why you can't play what one mom called "the formula-changing game" with your baby.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but not top notch April 1 2004
The instructions in this book for making baby food purees were very helpful. I'm using a blender, rather than a food processor or food mill as they recommend, so my purees don't turn out a fine as they probably otherwise would, but that's ok. Another plus is that their recipes are not overly complicated or strange, so you might actually be willing to cook them and be able to get your child to eat them.
That being said, here's what I wasn't as happy with:
* Some info was just plain wrong, which made me question the reliability of the other info where I didn't know if it was right or wrong. For instance, they recommend you just use tap water because all water that isn't well water is fluoridated. That is incorrect. I have to use bottled water (and make sure it has fluoride) because our city water has some naturally occurring fluoride so none is added, but the naturally occuring level is well below recommended fluoride levels for children. So if I hadn't known better, I might have accepted their advice without checking myself.
* They do provide a suggested schedule for introducing foods, but they don't explain why they schedule particular foods for a particular age. Knowing whether it falls that way on the schedule because the food should not be offered earlier or because that's just the way it worked out in their hypothetical schedule would have been helpful.
* They use sugar more than I expected in their recipes for older babies and toddlers. I'm not an anti-sugar zealot, but even molasses would be a preferable choice for baby food.
It's a good book, but not a great one, and I certainly wouldn't use it as my only resource for baby food.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
first off there only appears to be only one pediatrician listed in the recognition section of the book. this is the worst book i have ever read about baby food. i am making my own baby food and wanted to get recipes and techniques on how to make the foods. the book starts out with buying brand name cereal. the whole idea of making at home baby food is to make it at home. there are many other rice or other grains that you can buy ground up that are not processed into flakes. i did it with my first child. another thing that really bothered me was that commercial juice was named as the best juice for your baby. In another chapter alcohol is mentioned for the adults to put into their own drinks when they want to spice things up or make them fun. If you are making food for your children why are you drinking around them. Coke was also said to be okay to give toddlers when they are sick as long as it is flat. YOU DON'T GIVE CHILDREN CAFFEINE! Any doctor tells you this whenever your child is sick or otherwise. I don't see how they could allow this woman to teach a mommy cooking course. This book disgusted me and i shipped it back. Paying postage to send it back was worth it just to get it out of my home. I wouldn't dare sell it to someone that was really wanting to make baby food. I am not one of those moms that restricts their child from everything but come on, common sense tells you not to do these things. Your childs health is the number one concern, that is why you are looking at this book right. Skip to the next one this is just terrible. If i had more than a 1,000 word minimum you would definitely hear more things that were written in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource and inspiration. April 5 2004
Mommy Made *and Daddy too! is just what a cookbook for families should be. If you are an omnivorous family, this is a fantastic resource for you. Unlike many healthy food cookbooks for families, it does not preach hard-core vegetarianism and offers several tips on preparing meats for babies. It includes extensive nutrition information that explains not only the USRDA for different vitamins and minerals, but what those vities and minerals do for the body. Additionally, they give dietary recommendations for babies and toddlers who are feeling under the weather (a better and more flexible version of the B.R.A.T.T. diet) and suggested menu items for children with allergies or aversions to certain ingredients. This is all alongside a very easy-to-follow plan for introducing first solids to babies and easy-to-prepare foods for every age thereafter. The ingredients are not odd or difficult to find. I would wager you that you could find all the ingredients listed in nearly every grocery store in North America.
Most importantly, the recipes are wonderful. While some of the recipes are indeed ones that you could easily figure out by yourself (as one reviewer stated) there is a very good reason for including them in this book. Sometimes you forget the simple things. Having instructions on how to prepare simple purees bound between these covers right next to the recipes for older babies and toddlers and adults reminds you how easy it is to prepare these foods. When you're tempted to go for an easy out and purchase a bunch of jarred baby foods, open up this book and you will remember that it takes nearly the same amount of time to prepare your baby's food alongside your dinner as it would to pop open a jar of pureed bananas. ...
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Published on July 11 2004 by Lisa Tippin
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Published on May 3 2004 by Gigglesandozen
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2.0 out of 5 stars General info you could figure out for yourself
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative & helpful
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Published on Sept. 27 2003
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