Here at Cheeky Bums, we talk about food a lot because well, we really like to eat! We also are passionate about giving our children real food. Food that hasn’t been highly processed and provides actual nutrition for our children’s developing minds and bodies. So, we were obviously elated when Hilary Kimes Bernstein of Accidently Green asked if we would be willing to do a review of her new book First Bites!
I must admit that I was a tad bit nervous to agree to do a book review considering I am overwhelmed these days with changing diapers and feeding kids non-stop while also trying to run a business, work a part-time job outside of the home, and keep my house somewhat in order. I’m a book lover but the extent of my reading since child #2 came along has been reading our household bills. Neither fulfilling or enjoyable.
Cheeky Bums has shared several posts on teaching children to eat (see posts: Kelsi, Gretchen, Rusty). One of Hilary’s first comments in her book caught my immediate attention. She writes, ” …giving your child an early, healthy start is a lot easier than you probably think. Remember – it starts before your child is even born. ” Ultimately, we are shaping our children’s taste buds (food preferences) even while they are still in the womb.
Hilary shares great information (and supports it with research) in her book about:
- Differences between breast milk and formula
- Food guidelines for babies as they begin to eat solids
- Store bought vs. homemade baby food
- Sensitivity to artificial colors hidden in foods
- Hidden ingredients in our food (lead, flame retardants, etc.)
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of First Bites for my honest opinion and review. There are no affiliate links in this post.