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Super Baby Food [Paperback]

Ruth Yaron
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Nov. 1 2000
Check out the newly (2013) updated and revised edition before purchasing this book. This title shows how and when to start your baby on solid foods, with detailed information on the best and safest high chair, spoons, bibs, and other feeding equipment. It describes which foods to introduce to your baby during each month of his first year, with details on proper food consistency, amount, and temperature. It also shows how much you can expect your baby to eat and drink during the months of her first year with information on her digestive system at each age. It provides interesting details on your baby's physical, emotional, intellectual, and psychological development as it applies to self-feeding and mealtimes; and also shows how you can increase your baby's or toddler's self-esteem and self-confidence during mealtimes. It lets you know the age you can expect your baby to start finger feeding, drinking from a cup, eating table foods, and self-feeding with a spoon and fork. If you choose to make home-made baby food, this book will give you the knowledge and confidence to make your own healthy and safe home-made baby vegetables, fruits, cereals, meats, and other Super Baby Foods.There is extensive information on food allergies; foods considered choking hazards; foods likely to cause digestive problems in young babies; and, safety precautions to prevent burns and poisoning. This title offers thousands of money-saving and time-saving child care and kitchen tips. It tells how to make meals fun! It also offers food decorating; cute cake patterns; toddler party snacks and favours; and, many other entertaining ideas! It includes more than 350 quick, easy, delicious, nutritious, and sometimes entertaining recipes for babies and toddlers, including imitation home-made recipes for: Pop Tarts, Grape Nuts and other breakfast cereals, instant breakfast drinks, hot chocolate mix, Shake-N-Bake, Pam, Fruit Roll-Ups, Stove-top Stuffing Mix, home-made vanilla extract, Hamburger Helper, and more. There is so much cheaper and healthier (no preservatives needed!) to make for your toddler and family! This title also provides recipes for home-made play dough, finger paints and brush paints, bubbles for blowing, and dozens more children's arts and crafts recipes and ideas. It presents ideas for Halloween, Christmas, Easter, birthday parties, and home-made toddler toys and gifts.It contains all about nutrition and your baby, including nutrient tables of all major vitamins and minerals with convenient baby-sized portions to help you be sure that your baby is getting proper nourishment. It shows how to save money by making home-made yogurt, fruit leather, and how to grow sprouts, fruit plants, and herbs in your kitchen for fun and food. There are easy, economical recipes for home-made baby accessories, such as baby wipes, diaper cream, and many more. This title includes baby-safe and environmentally-friendly recipes for household cleaning products, such as baby-safe drain cleaners, furniture polish, window cleaners, and more. These recipes cost only pennies to make and are so safe that most are actually edible! There are tips for removing crayon, spit-up, and urine stains from baby clothes, carpets, and furniture. This book is the most complete and well-researched baby food book on the market today. It is cleverly designed for the busy parent to read only a small part each month as your baby grows.

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Ruth Yaron cares deeply about what your baby is eating--so much so that her bestselling Super Baby Food is encyclopedic in both scope and size. Ounce for hefty ounce, this manual/cookbook/reference guide is worth its weight in formula, packed as it is with detailed information on homemade baby food, nutritional data, feeding schedules, cooking techniques, recipes, and other invaluable feeding tips. Yaron builds her compelling argument for making baby food at home on the simple premise that food profoundly impacts health, especially when an infant's developing digestive tract is involved. Parents will learn why babies should start out on rice porridge, bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes before advancing to more difficult-to-digest foods such as wheat cereals and milk products. While Yaron's passionate stance and vegetarian bias may turn off some parents, others will be grateful for her strict attention to potentially harmful additives and chemicals. No matter what their eating philosophy, most parents will appreciate the economy and surprising ease of making baby food at home. This is not gourmet cooking; all you have to do is learn how to boil water and operate a blender. For veggies, simply steam some vegetable chunks and blend. For baby porridge, just grind some whole grains in a blender and boil. It's that simple. And when you're feeding your baby, simple is best. --Sumi Hahn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much to wade through June 23 2004
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If you're looking for a concise list of what foods to introduce when and a few hints about cooking some of your own food--and you're a busy mom--keep looking. I am very conscious of what my baby eats (organic produce, free-range eggs, antibiotic-free milk, etc.), and wanted to prepare some of her food myself, but was overwhelmed by this tome. There's too much extraneous information to wade through--I already know how to select and store produce, for example. I'm sleep deprived and need to access recipes quickly. There's too much text accompanying the preparation instructions. Plus, despite my efforts, my child doesn't like plain veggies or that dreadful plain rice cereal. So, I'm hoping to find a real-life guide to healthy eating for real kids. Maybe something about sneaking veggies into pre-toddler food.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Information buried in layers of eccentricity July 19 2004
Here's the process of using the book..."OK, let's make some healthy baby food...Right, what chapter [flips through book}, six months Chapter is on page 250...complimentary proteins..on Page 400...[flips through book]...what's she on about super baby porridge...page 350..[more flipping]..Damn...baby's freaking out from hunger...right, sod this for a game of soldiers." [Opens a jar of organic commercial baby food].
There is good information in this book, but it is poorly organized, and buried in a lot of eccentric verbiage.
Plus, the author has a lot of bizaare beliefs - that there are 22 amino acids (which will surprise a lot of molecular biologists), and that you should stand away from blenders because of EMF radiation. It's harder to take the author seriously when she espouses some quack beliefs. And harder when she doesn't realize that working parents don't have the time to wade through her idiosyncratic ramblings to get to the information we need (how much should I feed, what foods should I mix with each other, etc).
Frustrated, I bought the Fresh Baby Kit, which, though more expensive, presented the information needed in a short cookbook + 1 card (!).
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I got this book based on recommendations here and from a friend and while there is a lot of helpful information, it is buried deeply in the most poorly organized encyclopedic volume of information I have ever seen.
I'm not one of those people who feels that a children's cookbook should be medically proven (what cookbook is?) but the author recommends supplementation without any kind of context or backing whatsoever (i'm sorry, but there's no way i'm adding dessicated liver to my child's food). She also recommends adding flax seed oil, wheatgerm, and nutritional yeast, on top of adding iron and other supplements. This is one philosophy of feeding, but i think that the concept of a whole foods diet put forth in this book should sort of override the need for such heavy supplementation.
The organization of the book is astoundingly bad. There is hardly a single page that does not refer you to another page which in turn sends you to an appendix or yet another page. It is mind boggling how this got past an editor...
There are good ideas in this book and a lot of information about when to introduce which foods and how to prepare them, but again, it's daunting to find the information that's there due to the organizational problems and the sheer volume of information offered.
All in all this book is a helpful addition to a library of succinct cookbooks and nutrition books, but would drive me crazy if it were my only resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One book so many benefits!! June 30 2004
I, like so many moms, was on the path to boxed baby cereals and Gerber jars when my 4 month old got extremely constipated and irritable with her 1st rice cereal experience. My pediatrician advised me to wait a couple of weeks and resume rice cereal. It was so hard to wait because my child was hungry and she had proven she could eat quite well! The same thing happened with the 2nd try of rice cereal - constipation, screaming and writhing in pain. Here I had this hungry, eager little eater and the traditional American baby foods just weren't working.
I ordered Super Baby Food from Amazon, and all my troubles went away in an instant. My life and and my daughter's diet suddenly involved mashed fresh bananas and water, mashed fresh avocados and water, pureed sweet pototoes, mangos and more. All fresh, all with good anti-viral properties, all helping me contribute to the extent that I can to helping my daughter develop and maintain a healthy immune system.
Today, my daughter is a 2-1/2 year old who is an amazing eater. She eats a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies everyday including eating fresh steamed green beans the way other kids eat french fries. She devours fresh steamed broccoli, eats pesto packed pork chops, and just yesterday she downed a cold salad of black-eyed peas, green olives and tomatoes. My friends, neighbors, and even I am amazed as she eagerly tries any food I put in front of her.
I share this not to brag but to let others know that I attribute her eating habits largely to her Super Baby Food diet where never once did I put something in front of her that tasted yucky. I believe by feeding her stuff that even I thought was tasty, she came to develop a trust that whatever food I give her, chances are it's going to be good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Focuses on the wrong/useless things
I bought this book because I wanted clear instructions as to what food to make for my baby so that she will have complete nutrition. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anda Vulpoiu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource (with a tiny asterix)
Love this book, it's an excellent resource that lays open on my counter most days. I wish I had it pre-solid food as well, its loaded with great info for the liquid and solid... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Moe
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Published on Aug. 30 2011 by Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best baby food book ever
This is the best baby food book I have ever bought. I used it first for my twins and then for our third son. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2010 by que
4.0 out of 5 stars Great source of information
Easy to read, well divided into short sections, pratical for young mothers with little time to read a full book. I'M glad I bought it.
Published on Nov. 22 2009 by H. Côté
5.0 out of 5 stars easy intro to feeding your baby
This book not only lays out step by step how to introduce your baby to solid foods, but it has practical and simple steps for preparing the food and great recipe ideas. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2009 by Stephanie Vannus
2.0 out of 5 stars Too complex and wordy
This book contains a lot of information and is overwhelming for parents looking to make simple, safe food for their babies. There are no pictures and it is just text after text. Read more
Published on April 14 2009 by New Mom
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book
Thankfully I took this out at my local library before buying it as it is one of the most confusing and convoluted books I have ever tried to read! Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2007 by ssfmgrant
4.0 out of 5 stars The only book I use!
This is a great book that I use almost every day. This book teaches what foods to introduce when, how to structure a balanced meal plan, and how to store and prepare MANY... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Grain of salt - both sides of fence
For anyone who follows the cereal marketers religiously and who critiques her for her stances - take everything with a grain of salt. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2005
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