The Baby's Table

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Random House of Canada, Mar 30, 2010 - Cooking - 240 pages
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The essential guide to giving your baby the best possible start in life.

Why bother making your own baby food when there are so many choices conveniently located at your grocery store?

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize just how easy (not to mention economical!) it is to make your own. Armed with a steamer, a blender and a little planning, in one afternoon parents can prepare a month’s supply of healthy, wholesome meals for their infants and toddlers -- food that’s bursting with nutrition and flavour.

By introducing your baby to a wide range of fresh, stimulating tastes and textures, you will help establish healthy eating patterns they will follow into adulthood. Recipes such as Vegetable Ragout, Broccoli Risotto, Chicken Apple Delight and Gourmet Tuna Melts, all kid-tested and mom-approved, are grouped according to age: four to six months, six to eight months, eight to twelve months and twelve to twenty-four months. And most of the recipes are designed to be prepared in advance and frozen in single servings. It couldn’t be easier to provide your baby with great taste, freshness, variety and balanced nutrition. It’s also important to note that none of the recipes in this book contains any added salt or sugar, not to mention the starches and fillers found in many commercially prepared jarred varieties.

The Baby’s Table was co-written by a teacher and a medical doctor, in response to patient demand and their own needs as parents. Creative recipes that stress the importance of whole foods and fresh ingredients, in combination with current medical/nutritional information that complies with the Canadian Paediatric Society’s guidelines, make this book the most comprehensive resource available for practical advice on feeding your baby.

Your baby’s nutrition is critical for growth and development. Making your own baby food is a fun and cost-efficient way to participate in your baby’s health, offering the widest variety of textures and flavours, as well as many other nutritional advantages not available in commercial baby food. Give it a try and watch your little one grin from ear to ear!

Also included are weekly and monthly meal-planners, growth and development charts, and detailed information on relevant topics such as:
• Breastfeeding
• Weaning
• Formulas
• Vitamin supplementation
• Timing of introducing new foods
• Food allergies and intolerances
• Omega-3 fatty acids
• Choking
• Iron deficiency
• Fluoride use


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Contents

Fish
WHAT ARE OMEGA3 FATTY ACIDS?
CHOOSING SAFE FISH
FISH OIL ANDASTHMA
OMEGA3AND BEHAVIORAND LEARNING
Beans and Grains
IS IT SAFE TO FEED BABY AVEGETARIAN DIET?
THE IMPORTANCE OF ZINC

FLUORIDE
BREAST MILK AND IMMUNIZATIONS
From Six toNine Months
SIGNS YOUR BABY MAY BE READY TOSTART SOLID FOODS
THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS
First Meats and Fish
DID YOU KNOW?
Vegetables and Fruit
GROWTH DIFFERENCES
BENEFITS OFBETACAROTENE
QUANTITIES
HOW MUCH IRONFORTIFIED INFANTCEREAL IS ENOUGH?
WHOLE FOOD VERSUS SUPPLEMENTS
GO ORANGE
SHOULD YOU USETHE MICROWAVEFOR BABY FOODPREPARATION?
SWEETEN UPTHE DEAL
BROCCOLIFIGHTS CANCER
GO GREEN
BERRY BOOST
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
PROCEED WITH CAUTION
WHAT ABOUT NITRATES?
HOW MUCH CALCIUM?
RETHINKING FAT FOR BABIES
TEETHING
BABYS BACKED UP
Chicken
SALMONELLA
MAKE USE OF BABYS LOVE OF THE SWEET
WHAT ARE TRANS FATS?
Red Meat
IRONDEFICIENCY ANEMIA
JUICE ABUSE
HERBALMEDICATIONSREMEDIESAND TEAS
Soy
Pasta
FOOD REFUSAL
Eggs
Finger Foods
From Nine to Twelve Months
FIT FOR LIFE
HOW TALL WILL BABY GROW?
PESTICIDES AND HORMONES IN PRODUCE AND MEAT
WHAT ABOUT SALT?
WHY BOTHER?
MAKING MEALTIMES FUN FOR EVERYONE
PAVAROTTI AND PASTA
Yogurt Smoothies and Desserts
Breakfast Ideas
BALANCING FIBER
MANAGING GASTROENTERITIS
Toddlers
COPING WITH THE PICKY TODDLER
IS MY CHILD TOO OLD FOR A BOTTLE?
WHAT ARE OMEGA3 EGGS?
CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Silly Sandwich Ideas
Baked Potatoes
Soups
CanadasFood Guide
Resources
Growth Charts
References
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Brenda Bradshaw is an elementary school teacher who holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia. She began researching and preparing baby food when her own son was a baby. Brenda lives in Vancouver with her family.

Dr. Lauren Donaldson Bramley trained at the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington. She is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is a registered doctor in Australia, Canada, China and Hong Kong. Dr. Bramley is now a family practitioner in Hong Kong, where she lives with her husband and three children.


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