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First Bites Book: A Review and Giveaway

I’m thrilled to introduce to you Hilary Kimes Bernstein. She is a mother of two, a Christian, and an experienced journalist turned blogger at Accidentally Green. She’s just released her first e-book entitled First Bites: How to Instill Healthy Eating Habits In Baby’s First Year. And I am excited to have the privilege of reviewing a copy First Bites– and to give one copy away to a reader!

Bernstein gives a wonderful overview of various considerations when it comes to feeding your baby well from the very beginning. The chapters are divided in such a way that you can easily flip to the section most pertinent to your family. For example, you can read chapters on   breastfeeding vs. formula, or find suggestions for snacks to feed your toddler. But if you’re up for it, you can read the entire work for information on all ages and stages of feeding your family. Her book is an accessible and user-friendly read for moms weeding through their baby food options.

So what exactly does Bernstein cover in her book? First, she examines some of the physiological facts and undeniable health benefits of breastfeeding. Formula, of course, is not left untouched- why it can be a good thing for some mothers, the possible dangers of formula, and cost comparisons.  Different types of formula, formula recalls. A biblical model of feeding your babies.

What about when your baby gets older? Bernstein certainly doesn’t overlook the transition to solid foods. She addresses common questions and concerns, such as, When is the best time to introduce solids to my baby? Is there any difference between store-bought baby food and homemade? How do I make my own baby food?

What about processed foods? Added colors and flavors? Which foods are most dangerous? And what about organics? Bernstein sheds light on some real food issues that are important not only for your kids- but for everyone.

Perhaps my favorite thing about First Bites is Bernstein’s flexibility. She understands that every baby is unique- and therefore every baby will have his or her own unique feeding schedule and preferences. She provides evidence based information on breastfeeding over formula feeding, but she is also certain to add that she is in no way trying to judge a formula feeding mother. She also reassures parents: If you can’t make every healthy choice every single time, don’t fret. She gives realistic advice on making small changes, one step at a time.

While firm on evidence-based feeding, Bernstein realizes that every family will have their own distinctive challenges in their quest to nourish their babies. This is a big deal, especially when breastfeeding vs. bottle, organic vs. not, and allowing the occasional junk food or not can turn into major mommy wars. Thank you, Ms. Bernstein, for addressing baby-feeding issues with both truth and grace.

Want your own copy? First, enter here to win a free copy of First Bites. If you don’t win it this time, then be sure to visit the website for First Bites, where you can purchase your own copy for $9.99. Added bonus? From October 11th to December 11th, 2012, $4.50 will go to World Vision with every sale to help feed hungry children around the world!

I hope that First Bites an enjoyable and helpful read to you. Remember to enter to win!

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