“Your baby’s relationship with food starts with her first bite.”
I had the recent pleasure of reading, Baby Self-Feeding, by Nancy Ripton and feeding therapist Melanie Potock (Coach Mel), MA, CCC-SLP. This book provides solutions to help empower parents to create lifelong, healthy eating habits for their children.
It was an easy and enjoyable read from beginning to end. The book provides practical solutions and step-by-step ways to transition your baby to early solid foods and smart-start purees. This book sets your child up for a lifetime of healthy, adventurous eating by letting her lead the way. It puts your child in the driver’s seat, helping to establish a positive relationship with what’s on her plate. This book helps parents encourage a confident and healthy eater at an early age and some of this books features are: valuable self-regulatory skills; mindful eating strategies; 25 baby tested and approved functional food recipes; smart-start purees and healthy finger foods, and how to introduce them; ways to avoid picky eating; methods for avoiding food allergies and reducing choking hazards; and mess-free tips for dining out.
This book appears to cover it all and they do a great job at it too! I love how they provide great recipes to try and even specified ages for each recipe section (6 to 9 months; 10 to 12 months; and 13 to 18 months). I also loved seeing one of my favorite products featured in the book, the EZPZ Happy Mat.
Throughout, Baby Self-Feeding, there is a lot that they touch upon and as you read this book you may learn new things that you never knew before. I know I learned a great deal and here are some learning highlights for me. 1) It is important to repeat exposure of foods that your kids dislike as it takes time for them to like them. Could take 8 to 15 times before they will accept it. 2) Don’t pressure feed and offer food in a positive, non-judgemental environment. 3) There is a helpful self-feeding checklist that you can use to see if your child is ready. There is so much more that I learned; however, I don’t want to spoil the whole book for you. 😉
My favorite part of the book is the tips for dining out with your kids as it provides success secrets that I just love!
I give this book 5 healthy fingers out of 5! It truly covers so much more than I expected such as vegetarian diets, babies who are breastfeed and those who are formula feed, just to name a few. It was inclusive to everyone and was done in a positive manner. This was such a great book and one that I would recommend to everyone that I know.
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Until next time…..Happy Parenting!