Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Review: First Bites (And Giveaway!)

Maybe I haven't mentioned it before...

But S and I have had a really hard time with solids. I waited until she was nine months old (six adjusted) before introducing my little preemie to "real" food.

You cannot imagine the excitement I had built up. Before having S I was a nanny. Introducing solids to the little girl I watched had been so much fun! I loved every single spoonful of it.

Before I even got pregnant I owned a copy of Ruth Yaron's Super Baby Food- I had perused it diligently, and was determined to make and freeze my own baby food.

It was quite the let down when S couldn't care less. I do not even want to tell you how much food I threw away because we tried to feed her, but she still wasn't interested.

Only in the last week and a half (I kid you not!) has S begun to eat two or three pureed meals a day. She is 15 months old now (12 adjusted).

I've learned that kids will eat on their own timetable. All that a poor parent can do is keep trying and be patient!

That being said, over the past six months I've experienced burn out when it comes to making my own baby food. After all of the wasted food, time, attempts, and money- I started buying the stuff so I had it "just in case". S would eat a meal here and another one there, but she was so inconsistent that my freezer spply would go bad before she could finish it. Super Baby Food is a great book, but it is gigantic, and at times overwhelming and intimidating...

So I was super excited when Hilary Kimes Bernstein asked me to read and review her new ebook, First Bites!

As a former journalist (with 10 years experience under her belt!), Hilary serves up a plate full of excellent research on feeding your little one- from formula and breastmilk, to purees and finger foods. It contains a quick and informative survey of what every mom needs to know about nutrition in their child's first year.

  • If you're unfamiliar with the benefits of breastfeeding and the downside to formula, this book is for you.

  • If you don't have time to read Super Baby Food, or any other big fat book on baby food, this book is for you.

  • If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the information out there on feeding your baby, this book is for you.

I was particularly interested to learn the statistics regarding breast milk supply in first world vs. third world countries, the effects of food coloring (natural and synthetic!) on children, and what to do if you must feed your baby formula (as S is on it right now).

Hilary's book reminded me why I wanted to make my own baby food in the first place. It was just the motivation I've been needing to get back on the bandwagon! I appreciate her Christian perspective and her encouraging tone.

As a baby Hilary herself was fed formula exclusively. She acknowledges that no matter how healthily we try to feed our babies, toxins are a part of life in a fallen world. God is ultimately in control, so we must do the best we can and trust Him to take care of things!

The good news? Hilary is offering to share a free copy of First Bites with one Purposeful Wife reader! The winner of this book will be given her choice between a copy for the Kindle, or PDF. The giveaway starts today, and ends this coming Wednesday. Good luck!

If you don't win the giveaway, you can purchase Hilary's book here for $9.99. Bonus: 10% of all proceeds are going to World Vision to help feed hungry children.

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*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of First Bites for my honest opinion and review. There are no affiliate links in this post.  

Linked with: The Better Mom, and A Mama's Story.

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