We went to B&N this weekend and spent a ridiculous amount of money on books. I normally do not step foot in a book store for this reason because I cannot help myself when it comes to the printed word. I won’t even tell you how many blogs I have bookmarked!
I finally got a couple of reference books on solids. Our Dr. Sears collection has now expanded to include The Nutrition Book. While I don’t always enjoy their style of writing, there is great content and they know their stuff.
The second book I bought was First Meals by Annabel Karmel. For those of you familiar with the DK travel books, this is a different genre for the publishers but consistent with their usual style. The book has a simple, straight-forward explanation of nutrition and how to offer a balanced diet, quite a few recipes that can be adapted and aren’t too complicated, and a beautiful presentation. While the suggested age ranges for introducing particular foods is off (e.g. cow’s milk prior to 12 months), the informed parent can work around it. (Note: I’m pretty anal about introducing foods at the suggested times; I like to play it safe and try to avoid allergy issues as much as possible.) Mostly I just like the variety of food suggestions because I’d like to move out of my America-centric box. 🙂
By the way, Jack has suddenly gotten crazy over solids. He’s been eating half jars at daycare and I’ve now started offering food in the morning and evening, as well. He is totally digging it. It’s like a switch was flipped! Must be a growth spurt or something.