Below is a selection of books my parent-baby hospital classes recommended picking up for starting solids. I’ve had a flip through Child of Mine (apparently my attention span isn’t what it used to be), picked out a few favorite recipes from Feeding the Whole Family, and read Baby-led Weaning and Hungry Monkey from cover to cover. The basic premise of Child of Mine is to prepare good, healthy food for your child, but let your child decide if and how much she wants to eat. Feeding the Whole Family encourages you to cook with real foods, and it is the first recipe book I’ve come across that strongly encourages you to stock sea vegetables, or at least give them a try. Whenever there was a recipe with an ingredient I did not recognize, in other books it was usually an obscure grain, legume, or spice, but in this book it was probably a sea vegetable like arame, dulse, dulse flakes, hijiki, kombu, nori, and wakame.
I’ll get into Baby-led Weaning a bit later, but I thought I’d jot my thoughts down about Hungry Monkey. I was drawn to it because of the subtitle: “A Food Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater;” I was hoping to take away some tidbits to help avoid bringing up a child that was as picky as I was. I borrowed it from my local library on my Kindle app for the iPad, and it was a great to read over a couple weeks during breastfeeding sessions. I was surprised to find a very large portion of the book available online as a sampler here, so I definitely recommend checking that out.