The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year- Review and Giveaway

Providing a healthy, delicious meal during baby’s first year can be an expensive and overwhelming challenge for new parents. The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year offers simple DIY baby food recipes that could be the perfect solution to your wallet woes. All you need to get started is a small pot, a small steamer and a blender—plus fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year gives detailed instructions for making applesauce, fresh fruit purees using pears, peaches, and bananas, vegetable purees using carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas, and poultry meals for babies. The book also offers vegetarian and special diet recipes, packaged neatly into weekly sample menus.

For parents who are making baby food for the first time, try starting with a simple fruit puree recipe, like this one from page 177:

Vegetarian-Vegan Fruit Compote

Ingredients:
-1 apple, cored and sliced
-1 plum, sliced
-1 peach, peeled and sliced
-1 slice of lemon
-Pinch of cinnamon
-2 tsp. brown sugar
-2 cups water

Boil water with the sugar and cinnamon. Add the fruits and cook until they are soft. Squeeze the slice of lemon over the mixture. Cool. Serve as is or on top of a waffle or pancake (A great breakfast option).

The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year discusses tips for food storage, age-appropriate recipe alternatives, and nutrition information to keep your baby (and your wallet) happy and healthy.

My Take:
This book is full of wonderful information. I love learning about the new schools of thought as far as child care goes. This book has really and truly the best base of knowledge for that first year that I have found yet. It has all the current information regarding vaccines and healthcare as well as reasons as to why Healthcare professionals choose to make these guidelines. There are also recipes, tips for baby care, sleeping routine ideas and more. this book is very comprehensive and we written. It is great for first time parents but also fantastic for well seasoned parents as a great refresher book.

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