Life of a Southern Mom recently had the pleasure of reviewing Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. Ruth’s inspiration for creating this book was her twin sons. They were born premature and needed the healthiest diet possible. When using the same strategies for her third son, she realized that she could help other moms develop affordable and nutritious baby food on their own. She was thrilled to write a book about a topic for which she had great passion!
Even before we started my daughter on solid foods, I knew that we were going to avoid buying jars of baby food from the grocery store. Just by comparing the appearance of the jarred food to fresh purees, there is such a difference. The colors of fresh produce are bolder and brighter, while baby food from a jar takes on a dull color, sometimes tending more toward brown. For me, if the color was different, it made me wonder what else was different. Nutrition? Taste? Texture? Even when the ingredients were just one food and water, the appearance was often different. I personally do not buy cans of fruit or vegetables for myself, so why would I buy a similar product for my child?
What I love about Super Baby Food is that it contains more than just recipes. It details how to cook in large batches to have ready to serve portions at a moment’s notice. It provides signs of readiness for starting solid foods and why babies need to eat solids before a year old. It describes what a portion for a baby really looks like. It even provides a worksheet to help plan a menu for your baby to help incorporate the different types of foods and nutrients each day. That’s just the first chapter!
I found where I spent the majority of my time reading was “Feeding Your Baby and Toddler” which is chapters 7-16. Since we had already introduced many solid foods by time I received the book at 8 months, I decided to take a look at the chapter titled Feeding Your Super Baby at 8 Months. This is fantastic because you can really jump right in at any age, even if you haven’t been using the book previously. It suggests foods to introduce at this age and gives allergy warnings on certain foods. It also gives a sample schedule of how your day might look in terms of breast/formula feedings and solid food feedings. I found this really helpful to look through some of the previous and upcoming monthly chapters to see the progression of meals. This helps me know what to expect in the coming months.
There is so much information in this book that it can be overwhelming at first. The great thing is, it isn’t all or nothing. If you only have a chance to read and implement parts of the Super Baby system, then you can do those. I love the part of the book that explains that the amount of time it will take is, “As much time as you want.” Whether you dive in to making a super porridge or jump straight to The Avocado Smash, you can dedicate as much or as little time as works for your family. However, the book also explains that though you may spend some time making a big batch of food, once that time is divided over how many meals your child will be eating it, you’ve only spent a few minutes per meal. It can be faster than walking down the baby food aisle at the grocery store and healthier too!
One of the things that sets this book apart from other baby food books is the section on toddlers. There is a lot of hype about first getting started on foods and how and when to introduce certain items. When it comes to toddlers, they seem to be left out of the baby food books. Perhaps the authors believe you’ll have figured it all out by then and you don’t need anymore support. On the other hand, toddlers start to really assert their preferences. Babies who previously ate everything contently, can become food rejectors. The author explains that this time is extremely formative in developing life long food preferences, even more so than the first year. The tips provided can help keep parents from feeling like the world has gone crazy. There is even a chapter on Decorative Touches to keep things interesting!
The only thing that I found missing from this book was photographs. There are plenty of worksheets, charts, tables, graphs and other visual information, but there are not any photographs of the food preparation process or products. For example, there is a section on how to roll crackers. I would have loved a visual showing the actual steps. Another section that would benefit from some images is the Decorative Touches chapter. There is a description of how to create fun shapes, animals, and objects but a few photographs would make a big difference to seeing how the final products might look.
Whether you are just starting to think about beginning solids with your child or you are well into the process, there is a great deal of information in Super Baby Food that can help you along your journey. Just because you started with jars or baby cereal doesn’t mean you can’t give fresh fruits and vegetables a try. Remember, it only takes as much time as you want to devote to it! This book would also make a great gift for expecting parents, parents of infants starting solids, and parents of toddlers who might be struggling with new found eating independence. There is truly so much valuable information contained within this book that I think everyone could learn a few tips and tricks for a healthy meal time! To purchase a copy, visit Super Baby Food here.
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Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received a free product in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.