Book Review: Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook by Yaffi Lvova, RDN

Healthy food, healthy baby―recipes and tips for introducing solid food at every stage

Build your baby’s nutrition on a solid foundation with healthy, homemade food you can feel confident about. Whether your approach is baby-led feeding, chunky or smooth purées, or a combination of both, the Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook is a complete guide to introducing your infant to solid foods.

In this well-designed baby food cookbook, you’ll discover delicious and nutritious recipes that are organized by three growth stages from six months to 12 months, plus additional baby-led feeding recipes for 12 to 18 months and 18+ months. From thin purées all the way to finger foods and beyond, the meals in this baby food cookbook can be tailored to fit your baby’s needs and comfort level.

This baby food cookbook includes:

* Allergies and intolerances―Find info on food reactions your baby could have, plus tips about when and how to introduce common allergens like peanuts and shellfish.

* Feeding philosophies―Learn the difference between stage-specific purées and baby-led feeding, as well as the pros and cons of each approach for your baby, in this comprehensive baby food cookbook.

* Baby food building blocks―Discover the components that make up a balanced diet for your little one, like fruits and vegetables, a variety of proteins, and more.

Give your baby the healthiest start possible―the Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook will show you how.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a good book to use if you want to make your own baby food ensuring that he/she is eating a healthier diet.

Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook starts at the age of 6 months which is when babies can begin eating foods other than breast milk or formula. It has stages of foods to cook all the way until the baby can eat food with the family.

At the beginning of the book and and at the beginning of each chapter (stage), there are tips and important information about feeding your baby. The recipes are easy to follow, but it is missing pictures to go along with the recipes which would help a lot.

Stage-by-Stage Baby Food Cookbook is a great cookbook to use for making healthy food for your baby. There’s so much junk out there that it’s important to start him/her out eating healthy from the beginning. I have a grandson who is just 9 months old, and I’m going to try out some of these recipes right away.

About the Author

Yaffi Lvova, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Baby Bloom Nutrition. After studying Comparative Religions and gaining some life experience, she went back to study Nutrition and Dietetics at Arizona State University.

After a difficult journey toward and into motherhood, Yaffi became mother to twins plus one and used her experience and clinical knowledge to shift gears, providing nutrition education to new and expecting parents, helping smooth the transition into parenthood.

In 2015, Yaffi created of Toddler Test Kitchen. This unique culinary adventure puts small children in the driver’s seat – or at the cutting board as it were, helping to bolster self-esteem as they feed their curiosity by creating something delicious!

In 2016, Yaffi went live with a weekly Facebook segment and subsequent podcast, Nap Time Nutrition, covering all topics parenthood and nutrition.

In 2019, Yaffi wrote Stage-By-Stage Baby Food Cookbook: 100 Purees and Baby-Led Feeding Recipes and Megrette Fletcher brought Yaffi on board for the update of Discover Mindful Eating for Kids, continuing their journey of food enjoyment activism.

In 2020, Yaffi published Beyond a Bite: Activities for a Mindful Mealtime.