Feeding Baby Green Review

Happy Earth Day! Here’s a great way to be friendlier to the earth and to you and your family’s health…

Feeding Baby Green Book Cover

Feeding Baby Green is an easy read, packed with tons of information, stories, recipes and one massive checklist to help you stick to the goals (if you so choose). Even if you’re not yet sure when you plan to try and conceive, you can definitely use the information in this book to get you started on some good habits so it will be a breeze when the time does come. The goal of this book is to teach you methods to get your child to enjoy and request healthy foods.

The book starts with three months before conception, goes through pregnancy and all the way up to 8 years old (with most of the emphasis through age 2). As you read through each of the sections (which correspond to different developmental periods) you’ll start to think, “I’ve read this before” because each chapter is organized just like the one before it. There are a few simple underlying lessons that are repeated throughout, which all add up to “Nutritional Intelligence.” Here are some of the messages I remember off the top of my head:

  • Eat organic, local foods that are in season.
  • Enjoy a variety of foods but use common flavor combinations to make them familiar.
  • Repeated exposure to new flavors is necessary. Don’t give up too soon (it could take 15 times!) and don’t force it (keep trying just a taste every so often).
  • Eat something green at every meal.
  • Let your baby see you casually enjoy wholesome foods. (Babies pick up on subtle hints.)
  • Eat together as a family at least 7 times a week, and not in front of the television.

In addition to the common messages, there are also specific recommendations corresponding to each developmental stage, and lots of intriguing insights. Overall this was a great read that I definitely recommend to any parents. If your baby is born already or even eating puree or solid food, start now! (Dr. Greene says children who don’t learn to like a flavor by 2.5 years old probably won’t be able to learn to like it until after 8 years old.)

The only lingering question I have is this: Bananas are never going to be local and in season in most of the U.S. (bananas I’ve seen come from Ecuador and Costa Rica), but they are a big part of this book, recommended 64 times from pregnancy through 2 years old. I LOVE bananas but have only had one on special occasion since I started eating locally. The book doesn’t really address how to reconcile eating locally with getting repeated exposure to foods such as bananas.

Though I have to return this copy to the library, when the time comes I plan to buy a copy and reference the sections for each stage. Also, the book is printed on 100% recycled post-consumer fiber, processed chlorine free. Five stars!

Did you read this book or do you think you will after reading my review? What are your thoughts?