Friday, August 19, 2016

What should I feed this little munchkin?


If you have ever had questions about feeding a baby or toddler, then I have a book that you need to read!  Since we are raising child #4, you can bet that I've asked my share of questions such as:  Is he eating enough? How much milk does he need each day? How can I get my picky eater to make better choices? Which foods should I avoid? Do you think he could be allergic?

The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers by Anthony Porto, MD, and Dina DiMaggio, MD. is a wonderful resource for parents!  The subtitle says it all:  "Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More"

The book is divided into these categories:
chapter for each developmental stage: 0 to 3 months, 4 to 6 months, 7 to 8 months, 9 to 12 months, the toddlers years, each stage contains milestones, nutritional guidelines, growth patterns, medical concerns, and healthy recipes.
common medical conditions and resources
nutrition tables
growth monitoring
allergy tips
helpful websites
index

It's probably not a book that you will sit down to read cover to cover in a week.  It's more of a resource that you will use as your baby/toddler progresses from one stage to another.  You'll pick it up to read before the baby is born, as he starts eating solids, as he turns 1, as he starts to potty train...  Or when you are facing a struggle related to eating, such as allergies, vomiting, growth patterns constipation..  It's a book that you will find yourself reviewing again and again, searching for answers to the nagging questions that swirl around in our heads about the thriving of our little munchkins.

This is a fantastic resource that I would recommend to every caregiver.  I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, and it is a book that I will recommend often.  I'm even going to share my copy with my pediatrician!

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