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Completely Revised and Updated edition of the best-selling Super
Baby Food! 2014 Family Choice Award Winner, Gold /1st Place winner
Feathered Quill Award in the non-fiction Informational Category, Gold
Medal Winner of 2013 Mom's Choice Award in the Parenting Health,
Nutrition, Fitness & Safety category.

Parents know that you get
only one shot to feed your baby right and Ruth Yaron has been helping
parents get it right for over 15 years. Ruth's book, Super Baby Food, is
affectionately referred to as the baby food bible by over half a
million parents worldwide because it literally contains everything you
will ever need to know about feeding a baby and toddler.
It
features, for example, a very special type of baby cereal she calls
Super Porridge. This is definitely not your mom's powdered white rice
baby cereal. We are talking about organic, whole grains and legumes,
blended and boiled at home with a bit of nutritional yeast and/or tahini
sprinkled in for an extra nutritious touch.
Sound like too much
hassle? Ruth makes it simple and that's just one reason it is truly
Super Baby Food!
The new edition is filled with the same sound
guidance the book has always had, and supplemented with the latest
advice from the experts, including the USDA MyPlate and American Academy
of Pediatricians recommendations. The book is filled with new recipes,
new resources, and ways to connect with rapidly growing Super Baby Food
communities online, all in an easy-to-navigate format.

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Reviews for Super Baby Food:

4

May 25, 2007

While I recommend this book highly- there is invaluable information and hints for preparing your own baby food- I feel morally obligated to warn the world that the author is completely, totally nuts. You do have to wade through some looniness to get the goods. The woman is excited to have found a use for dryer lint, for the love of pete (its for playdough... not food. She's not that crazy.)
1

April 9, 2014

Outdated
So outdated it makes me mad!! I have very little free time these days, being that I am a working mom. I was hoping to read some recipes to make sure my baby was getting proper nutrition. Too bad it took me an hour to figure out that this book was originally published in 1996 and is completely outdated.
2

Jan 21, 2011

The basic premise, that you should feed your baby homemade baby food made from organic fruits/grains/vegetables is sound enough. The tips and directions for preparing said fruits and vegetables for baby consumption are also helpful. However, the author clearly has absolutely no qualifications, and is simply writing this overly preachy, at times bordering on ridiculous tome based on her own experiences. Aside from many typos and flat-out mistakes (like putting the registered trademark sign next The basic premise, that you should feed your baby homemade baby food made from organic fruits/grains/vegetables is sound enough. The tips and directions for preparing said fruits and vegetables for baby consumption are also helpful. However, the author clearly has absolutely no qualifications, and is simply writing this overly preachy, at times bordering on ridiculous tome based on her own experiences. Aside from many typos and flat-out mistakes (like putting the registered trademark sign next to saccharin, which is a chemical compound, not a brand name), some of the advice is way over-the-top: "Remember to keep your facial expression pleasant when you are changing your baby's diaper. He will notice any look of disgust on your face, which may teach him that his private parts are repulsive and lead him to believe that sex is "dirty" when he gets older." Wow, that is quite the pop psychology leap. I also remain completely unconvinced by her one paragraph explanation of why you should feed your baby a vegetarian diet, which just includes the usual five environmental/animal welfare/"healthier life" reasons, without anything specifically included for developing babies/toddlers. She highly recommends tofu to be introduced as early as 8-9 months (which is when most babies meet meat). I completely disagree, just based on the fact that I doubt soy's high estrogen content is all that great in large quantities for tiny people, but I'm not going to go write a book about it, since I have zero qualifications to say so. In any case, good reference for fruit/veggie/grain prep and many fun recipe ideas for toddler meals, if you can ignore the alarmist ridiculousness. ...more
3

March 29, 2017

Prefer a more reliable source
This book was recommended to me by a friend, but I'm honestly not too crazy about it. Recipes are okay, but I prefer my copy of "The Pediatricians' Guide to Feeding Babies" https://www.amazon.com/dp/1607749017/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_39 ... Which I think is a more trustworthy source since the authors a actual pediatricians.
5

November 25, 2014

Easy and not time consuming. Sets bases for nurtrition through childhood.
We were given this book by a good friend. I love to cook and was excited to cook for our daughter but was worried about giving her the proper nutrition and cooking the food properly. After reading Super Baby Food, I realized that it wasn't all that difficult and took much less time than I had thought. The bases of SBF is the author's Super Porridge. If you have a food processor or blender it is very easy to make and SO much better for your child than that flaky rice cereal. My daughter loves it! The author gives a lot of detail about what foods you can feed your baby, the best ways to cook and prepare the foods and which foods you should stay away from because of potential allergies. I'm constantly referring back to the book as my daughter gets older and seeing what new foods I can introduce to her each month. She's now 11 months and is incredibly healthy, happy and loves to eat. One of the best things about SBF is that following the meal plan sets your child up to enjoy foods that are good for them through toddlerhood and behind.
1

July 31, 2014

Book should be called: "Recipe Book of Gross Food to Feed Your Kid"
This book was not what I was hoping for. The author's main recipe, something she calls "super porridge," is apparently awful tasting according to the author herself. (the author tells you she has no idea why her kid will eat it--she has to "force herself" to finish her son's leftovers) When introducing my child to food I want it to taste good--or at least be something that isn't disgusting--as well as be healthy, which can be done. This book goes to extremes which will drive any mother crazy with warnings about electro-magnetic fields, dangers of tinfoil touching food, and strict adherence to organic food.

All her recipes are vegetarian and she makes no mention of feeding meat. While this is not a bad thing per se, readers should be aware of this fact.
5

February 18, 2016

Excellent resource for mom's with new babies!!
When I was feeding my babies, this book was my go to resource for all things baby food. It is now my number one gift for new moms. This book gives suggested ages for all kinds of fruits and vegetables -- I had never considered feeding my babies celery until I saw it in this section of the book. My kids loved it!! It also has great recipes for baby food mixtures and toddler recipes. I have bought this book over and over and over again. It's that great!
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March 10, 2017

Overwhelming Book--Feeding Your Baby Doesn't Need to be so Complicated
This book was way too intense for me. We already eat a whole foods diet at home, and I was wanting more information on how to best introduce foods to my baby. This book, however, made feeding my baby feel like a daunting task, fraught with peril if done incorrectly. I found it to be overwhelming and have decided to put it aside and follow my mother's intuition and knowledge of nutrition and cooking.

Another element of the book that was hard for me to get past was that in discussing the "super porridge," the author admits that it tastes horrible! If we want our children to enjoy food, not just think of food as a means to an end, don't we want to give them food that is of course nutritious, but also yummy? I have opted to adopt the French method of introducing foods to babies/food diversification.
2

February 14, 2016

And beware it is a vegetarian baby food book with heavy emphasis on grains that are hard to digest and discourages meat which ca
This book is way too wordy and very hard to follow. And beware it is a vegetarian baby food book with heavy emphasis on grains that are hard to digest and discourages meat which can be a great source of iron if you choose wisely. I do not recommend at all.
4

July 27, 2015

Good book, many details...too many
I love this book!!It explains details about everything....including: how to do home made yogurt, how to store food, how to clean kitchen, etc.I gave 4 because most of the time the essence of the subject is lost in too many details, i.e. 9 pages on how to do home made yogurt, 7 pages on home made bread, and so on. It has alsmost 600 pages, but I think it could be written in 400...It is too much to read with small baby next. Also, the writer is a convinced vegetarian. She wrote a chapter about meet, but only because readers asked her to.
However, it catches many topics and that is important. I love that poridge idea!! I eat those kind of grains but I didn't know when and how to feed them to my baby.
She has many receips which I didn't try yet (I still have a lot to read and my baby is small - 6 1/2 months) but at a glance they look very healthy. It has also that chapter with arts and crafts....but I am not sure I will ever reach it.
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February 4, 2016

One Star
Did not find book helpful at all
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October 8, 2014

My doctor recommended this book but I have to disagree with its ...
My doctor recommended this book but I have to disagree with its quality. I was hoping for some recipes with illistrations and a less than complicated way of preparing healthy food for my daughter and maybe even find recipes that I might enjoy as well. Recipes with fresh fruits and veggies. A enlightened book that is easy to read and organize meals with small tips and facts about the meal. This book wants the reader to pack,freeze and horde. To shop for hard to find items that you'd have to go to a health food store to find.
2

June 15, 2015

but this book makes it seem like if you aren't feeding your kid 100%
Goodness- this book is 400 pages of high-handed, overly cautious advice. As a first time parent I was looking for a guide when starting my child on solids and what I go was a strict regime with a side serving of guilt. I of course believe in feeding my child safe, fresh, and nutritious food, but this book makes it seem like if you aren't feeding your kid 100%, homemade, handground, organic, non-GMO, perfectly assigned meals you're some sort of neglectful animal. Talk to your pediatrician, trust your instincts and save your sanity.
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September 2, 2019

Outdated
I got this because I'm a first time mom and another mom recommended it for me. It's kind of puree-heavy and a simpler way to feed a baby is baby led weaning. I find it to be a bit outdated because my pediatrician says there's no limit on what my baby can eat (except for honey) and this book has lots of rules and limitations. It also warns of introducing possible allergens too early, but the newer studies recommend introducing allergens early. Still, might be helpful with wholesome recipes and tips on preparing foods, but its a BIG FAT book and as a new mom...I ain't got that much time to read.
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May 31, 2017

DONT BUY THIS BOOK! NOT FOR A BABY! UNPRACTICAL & PRETENTIOUS: AIMED TO ROMATICIZE ADULT FOOD TRENDS TO BE IMPOSED ON BABY
AIMED TO ROMANTICIZE ADULT DIETS AND FOOD TRENDS TO BE IMPOSED ON BABY: The concept of super food sounds good for an adult and perhaps a baby but the book is looking it for an angle of the adult only. If your baby is between 1-2 years old this book will drive you crazy because of it's unpracticality. From making the baby eat food, develop an appetite, and also taking into consideration time for preparation. Sure I like sushi and it is super healthy but most likely my baby will not eat it!!!

TOO SOPHISTICATED FOOD FOR THE TASTE BUDS OF A BABY :The food in this book does not taste well for a baby. Even the author states that her kids don't like her food (duh!) The taste buds of the baby are just developing. I tasted some of the stuff and seriously taste horrible and I am not picky about any food. I can eat a dead dog or plutonium and I am ok with it.

DOES NOT TAKE CONSIDERATION ON TIME PREPARING THE FOOD: Ahh this is grand! Wait till you spend 20 minutes preparing this awesome super food that taste like crap but super healthy. And watching your baby throw it for good reason. That is not taking into consideration how much yo spend on food (trust me, make the math) or your precious time for YOU to eat...Ahh and of course, cleaning it up.

BABY'S GET FRUSTRATED WITH USING SPOON AND KNIVES: This book also mentions that the baby is supposed to start using spoon and knives (or start practicing) this is a terrible advice! The baby cannot even walk well and you expect him or her to use a spoon? hell, while we are it let's give him chop sticks!! SKIIP THIS BOOK AND BUY SOMETHING FROM JO FROST. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! IT IS NOT FOR A BABY
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Dec 04, 2008

This book has really helped me break out of my DIY shyness. I bought all of my first child's baby food. Now, after reading this book for baby #2 I have been cooking, puree-ing and freezing my own baby food now since he started eating vegetables. The only jarred baby foods I've bought for him are for traveling. I haven't quite made Ruth Yaron's "super porridge" from organic brown rice and all the other good (but probably nasty-tasting) stuff she puts in it, but I have been feeding the baby fresh This book has really helped me break out of my DIY shyness. I bought all of my first child's baby food. Now, after reading this book for baby #2 I have been cooking, puree-ing and freezing my own baby food now since he started eating vegetables. The only jarred baby foods I've bought for him are for traveling. I haven't quite made Ruth Yaron's "super porridge" from organic brown rice and all the other good (but probably nasty-tasting) stuff she puts in it, but I have been feeding the baby fresh wheat cereal in the mornings, and adding freshly ground flax seed to it. It doesn't take much effort to puree and freeze the vegetables ahead of time, and I can serve up the frozen food super fast whenever I want. I'm sure I've been saving a ton of money. I'm also inspired to feed the rest of the family more vegetables.

I was forewarned that the author is quite an extremist. However, I found her to be fairly down to earth. Her tips are very helpful and reasonable. How extreme can she be if she uses a microwave, anyway? (Then again, my household was vegan when I was a teenager, so I'm used to extreme.) The one way I did find her to be slightly overwhelming is in her very diverse menu. She makes sure her babies get quite a variety of foods every day. Some of the food/grains I'm not even familiar with. But, regardless of my ability to pronounce what I'm making for my baby, the author makes it very easy to accomplish getting it fed my baby. If you want to make your own baby food but you just need a push to get you started, this is the book for you.

Technically I didn't read the whole book cover to cover. I started out like that, but ended up just jumping around to whatever I felt like reading. The first chapters contained a lot of information about infant safety that might be good to review, but wasn't what I wanted to read at the moment. This would make a good reference book to keep around (especially the menus and recipes), but unfortunately I got it from the library. I'm tempted to buy it. ...more
5

Nov 05, 2008

A great book on introducing solids into baby's diet and making your own baby food. Making your own baby food is actually quite simple and not very time consuming. The book is very thorough and works well as a reference book to return to over and over again as questions arise.

The author does overdo it on her fear of bacteria, etc. but I figure that is just her personality type and/or she's writing a book about baby food and doesn't want to get sued.

One piece of advice that I would add, which I A great book on introducing solids into baby's diet and making your own baby food. Making your own baby food is actually quite simple and not very time consuming. The book is very thorough and works well as a reference book to return to over and over again as questions arise.

The author does overdo it on her fear of bacteria, etc. but I figure that is just her personality type and/or she's writing a book about baby food and doesn't want to get sued.

One piece of advice that I would add, which I don't think was in the book, is to introduce peaches or something with fiber in it as one of the first foods. That way when bananas or other foods come along that can cause constipation you already have a food to use to help solve the situation.

Also, if your child doesn't like a food, try adjusting the consistency or texture by adding or taking away liquid. Another thing to adjust is the temperature. Babies often don't like cold or room temperature food. ...more
1

Mar 30, 2013

This book is formatted like a homemade text book. Which is weird. Also, there's a 15 step set of instructions about how easy it is to make baby cereal, starting from grinding your own grains. Perhaps their definition of easy and mine are from different dictionaries? Anyway, I didn't make it much past that. I could tell that this was not a book for me.
5

May 27, 2011

The cover doesn't give it away but this is an EXCELLENT source for raising a vegetarian child. There is nutritional information, recipes for baby food, time-saving tips, and some fun activities thrown in for good measure (like growing an avacado plant). The writing is VERY informal (the author includes little smiley faces after jokes) so for that reason you are going to want another book (I suggest NEW Vegetarian Baby) for nutritional research.

Even for the non-veg parents out there this is a The cover doesn't give it away but this is an EXCELLENT source for raising a vegetarian child. There is nutritional information, recipes for baby food, time-saving tips, and some fun activities thrown in for good measure (like growing an avacado plant). The writing is VERY informal (the author includes little smiley faces after jokes) so for that reason you are going to want another book (I suggest NEW Vegetarian Baby) for nutritional research.

Even for the non-veg parents out there this is a great book on preparing your own baby food. The author provides a system for preparing and feeding your baby the right assortment of food. She also has a number of techniques for food storage. After reading the chapter on "Super Porridge" I made my own cereal for my daughter. She was never too keen on the store-bought stuff but she ate the homemade barley cereal right up!

This book has given me so many great ideas I can't wait to try them all. Recommended for any health conscious parent with a baby to wean!
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4

Dec 12, 2007

Life outside the jar. Baby food jars, that is. This book is good for health-conscious parents, especially those believe pre-made foods are truly time-saving, or just 'as good as' fresh, whole foods. The author gets a bit too obsessive with detail, but the focus on vegetarianism (nope your kid doesn't 'need' meat!), attention to developmental readiness, and tips on batch preparation and storage are worth it.
4

Jun 07, 2009

A slightly overwhelming, but imminently useful guide to making your own baby food. This is the book to start with if you plan to do this kind of thing.
4

October 24, 2018

Great book to get started on feeding with great recipes
This book is a GREAT reference for any beginner parent when introducing solids. It has a lot of breakdowns by month and also by food type.

It can be a bit overwhelming in terms of all the information at once and the very detailed aspects of it.

Overall I would definitely recommend it for first time parents!
5

August 5, 2019

A bible for new moms
I have used this book from my second child on and I just wish I would have know its existance when I had my first, my life would have been a bliss.
This book really makes a difference with fuzzy eaters, somehow babies fed in this way end up enjoying their meals way into adulthood and do not even get me started with their health, we even had to give our kids a free day from school sometimes so they wouldn't feel left out of the 'fun'.
Now I recommend it to all my friends and relatives with newborns.
5

November 22, 2019

Great information and recipes from pregnancy through older kids
A must have for the first time mom or seasoned mom who needs answers about food and what foods are best for what situation, such as having a cold what you should be eating or for teething soothing
4

May 16, 2014

Great resource for learning how to provide your baby a healthy, well rounded diet
This book has A LOT of information- maybe a little too much. But i just flipped through the book and found what I needed. It does a great job breaking down which food can be introduced each month, provides lots of helpful tips, charts, and recipes. The book does not address introducing meat (ie. chicken, beef) as I believe the author is a vegetarian. I didn't realize this when I ordered the book but not a big deal. She is very "crunchy" and I am not but the information was still very helpful. I bought this book based on a friend's recommendation and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make their own baby food!

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