“Born to Eat” Book Review

Starting Solids

I received a review copy of Born to Eat but was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Just when you get the hang of having a new baby, it’s suddenly time to start solids…

Around the time that my now two-year-old daughter was ready to start solids, I bought a copy of the book Baby Led Weaning. Honestly, I did not know much about baby led weaning (BLW) at the time, just that it seemed to be all the buzz among the moms I knew and much more fashionable than purees.

Folks, looking to what is “fashionable” is NOT the best way to make a decision about feeding your kid!

I am not knocking the book Baby Led Weaning at all, it’s a really great resource for anyone who wants to follow the baby BLW method. But I strongly encourage you to choose a method of feeding your baby that’s right for your lifestyle and long-term goals. And that’s where the newly released book Born to Eat comes in.

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The book contains tons of useful charts and illustrations.

Personally, I encourage parents to go with their guts when starting kids on solids. No one book or method is going to prescribe exactly what ends up working for you and your family and I’d even venture to say that religiously trying to adhere to someone else’s method might ultimately do you more harm than good. But if BLW piques your interest, you ARE going to have questions along the way. Baby Led Weaning is a great start, but Born to Eat is practically a textbook. Should I offer breastmilk/formula before or after feedings? How do I know if my baby is getting enough iron? How do I know if my baby is even ready for solid foods? With the book on hand, it’s easy to simply look up the answer.

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Left, my daughter trying out some of my Mexican Stuffed Peppers filling. Right, her first taste of chocolate cake!

But beyond that, what I really, REALLY love about the book is how it extends the concept of feeding a baby from what we all likely presume is the priority – that the baby learns to eat healthy food – to what really matters long-term – that the child and parent develop healthy relationships with food and their own bodies. The authors of Born to Eat, Leslie Shilling and Wendy Jo Peterson, are both registered dietitians. They incorporate the concepts of intuitive eating and the non-diet approach into feeding kids and encourage parents to reflect on whether their own eating habits will have a positive influence on their kids or not. And if developing a healthy relationship with food is not the ultimate long-term food goal of every dietitian and parent that I know, I don’t know what is!

If you think BLW might be right for you, I really encourage you to check out Born to Eat and follow Leslie and Wendy Jo online. Happy eating!

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