Having children 6 years apart, I am slowly getting back into the swing of everything baby: diapers, crying, naps and soon, feeding fruits and vegetables. Since there are so many recommendations on what to feed your baby, I needed a good book to provide both helpful feeding tips and easy recipes.
I was asked to review a book by Dr. Tanya Altmann, which provides those tips for getting your baby to eat well and happy. Of course I was interested, and the book couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
Dr. Altmann is an experienced pediatrician and just released What to Feed Your Baby – a book providing easy, fun, and tasty advice!
As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and mother of three boys, Dr. Tanya Altmann knows that good nutrition is essential for healthy kids. In What to Feed Your Baby, Dr. Tanya provides the latest nutritional recommendations and best practices for feeding babies and young children. The simple, fool-proof program focuses on serving eleven foundation foods: eggs, prunes, avocado, fish, yogurt/cheese/milk, nuts, chicken/beans, fruit, green veggies, whole grains, and water. What to Feed Your Baby helps parents set their children up for a lifetime of healthy choices—and say goodbye to picky eating forever!
After reading the book, I picked out a few simple recipes to try with my family. Since my 4 month old is still a bit too young for fruits and vegetables, I chose to get a little practice with a recipe I knew my toddler would enjoy.
We started with fresh sweet potatoes and wrapped them in aluminum foil. I let my oldest son poke a few holes in them and I set them in the oven to bake. After an hour, we took them out and let them cool before pureeing them in the blender. I then poured the liquid into individual freezer pop containers and let sit in the freezer for 3 hours. (Can you say easy? I loved the simple steps in the book!)
I knew sweet potato freeze pops would be comforting and healthy on a hot summer day, just as they were as a snack after school. And sure enough…
…Each of my children loved them! I am sure we will be making more recipes from the book as my son gets older and summer approaches! In fact, the walnuts, bananas and yogurt we had on hand went well in a Smoothie Bar the next day! As a busy Mom, I appreciate the quick and easy-to-follow recipes as well as the helpful pediatrician tips offered in the book.
What To Feed Your Baby is a great book for new and experienced moms, and can be purchased on Amazon.