Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler Paperback – 7 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Jeanette Bessinger is a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor and owner of Balance for Life LLC. An award-winning lifestyle and nutrition educator, Jeannette developed a nutrition and cooking based obesity prevention program for Head Start with a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a nutrition and healthy-lifestyle consultant for various hospital and public school wellness initiatives.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The book is full of information on developmental nutrition, healthy food alternatives, and age-appropriate guidelines for what to introduce and when to introduce it. I wish we had something like this for our first!
I think the best thing about this book is that as your child develops, you introduce him to real foods-- like the kind you eat as an adult. They offer great suggestions for adjustments to flavors when you might need them so new foods are not instantly rejected. But these foods are not hidden (like other books suggest). Instead, by introducing foods as they are, your child learns to eat the same foods we do. The sooner you can do this, the sooner your child will be eating whatever you prepare for yourself-- which makes life much easier (and healthier-- I am amazed at how some parents who are very healthy eaters feed their children absolute crap because "that is what she will eat").
This book is full of creative ideas and is a great guide for new parents (or even experienced ones). It is not preachy, and it is backed by science. Kind of like a "Food Rules" for the under three-year-old set. We give it away with all of our baby gifts, because if you follow this book's advice, you will be giving your child a gift that is far more precious than any toy or blanket. You will be giving the gift of good health.