Are you a parent? Do you want what’s best for your child? I have to laugh when I ask the question. It’s kinda like asking if you enjoy sunshine. Of course, you do. Who doesn’t? Every parent wants to give their babies the best possible start in this world. Take a look at the thousands of available books, magazines, and websites on these subjects, and you’ll see what I see — a flood of information. Conflicting information.
How can you know what’s best? Who’s word can you trust? For myself, I’ve always opted to do what made intuitive sense. That way, I could be honest with myself. In the very least, I want my parenting to be authentic. Even if I make mistakes, if those mistakes are fueled by genuine love, I have confidence my children will turn out well. So, I’ll read a book, peruse a parenting forum, even take a class, but in the end the tools I put in my tool belt are the ones that come the most naturally to me. When it all boils down to it, I am the expert of my own life. Nobody else is in my home with me, living in my marriage, parenting my kids with my husband and I. Even my best friends get relatively few hours of my time. They get the summarized version of events — the highlights of the extremes. They’re never with me in the minutiae, the little moments that fill my days, the innumerable small decisions that present themselves to me.
This doesn’t mean I immediately discount all advice. That’d be stupid. But it does mean that I have enough confidence in myself to weigh the advice I get. Sometimes, it comes from a parental worldview so wildly antithetical to my own there is little I can do but shake my head and say, “that is so not for me.” Other times, I find myself constantly nodding my head in agreement — awed that someone else comes from a place so similar to my own.
That, dear readers, is how I feel about Nourished Baby by Heather Dessinger.
Heather is an old college friend of mine, a Real Food nutrition blogger at Mommypotamus, and stay-at-home mother like me. Like me, her formal education isn’t in nutrition. Like me, she was inspired by her children to seek out a better way to nourish them. And, like me, she found herself gravitating towards the world of Real Food.
Like me, she researched, researched, and researched some more. Ultimately, she formed a nutritional worldview based on a simple premise: Eat traditional, real food. This is not processed food. This is not the food of giant agribusinesses or the food industry.
This is food your great, great grandmother would have recognized as food. Essentially, it’s the way food was pre-industry — when cows spent their whole lives on pasture, chickens roamed farms and yards freely, all fruits and vegetables were “organic,” and people “put up” food by traditional means of salt-curing and lactic-acid fermentation.
Starting from this place, you’ll ask a different set of questions when you nourish your babies. Instead of walking down the baby food aisle, looking at the recommended ages for introducing particular foods on shelves, you’ll wonder what your great grandmother fed your grandfather when he was a baby. You’ll wonder what sorts of foods parents in other countries traditionally fed their babies. You’ll look for the common denominators. Then, you’ll feed that to your baby.
In Nourished Baby, Heather spends the first part of the book introducing her food philosophy to readers. It’s simple and straightforward. She’s not writing a dry research paper. She’s not even trying to convince you that her way is the only way. Her goal here is communication. She wants you to know where she’s coming from, to follow her train of logic so you can understand why the recipes in the second half of the book aren’t your typical baby food fare.
And that’s where the true value of this little e-book rests — in the recipes.
New parents are often stumped about how to introduce foods to their babies and when. Beyond looking to successful traditional food cultures as a guide, Heather also takes a “family table” approach to baby foods. Translation? No purees or feeding with spoons. Rather, you introduce foods socially — the same foods that are on your own table — and in an order that promotes optimal digestion and nourishment.
Take a moment to marvel at what she’s done.
She’s compiled a list of nourishing foods that your spouse, your kids, and you will enjoy, AND these foods are all baby-friendly.
Will the wonders never cease?
If you’re a parent who is starving for new and creative ways to nourish your baby that don’t break the bank, that don’t require extra kitchen time, and yet will keep everyone in your family satiated and happy, I highly recommend you buy Nourished Baby.
If you know someone who’s a parent, someone who could use a little Real Food inspired nudge towards feeding their babies well, I also recommend you buy them a copy of Nourished Baby.
It’s a good book, a pleasant read. I’m certain you’ll find it enjoyable, valuable, and useful.
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