Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler (Book Review)

I have to admit, I have always wanted to learn how to make my own baby food. It seems simple enough, but I have this tendency to over complicate things. But, I tell you what, after the number of jars my 5 kids have gone through over the past 13 years, I am seriously considering making all the baby food that baby #6 consumes. With the older 3 in school, and the younger 2 taking naps, it frees up much of my day, and once the new baby arrives, I plan on making his or her food. Really. I just need more books like the one I’m reviewing for you today called “Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler” written by Jeannette L. Bessinger, CHHC.

This book is amazing. When I heard the title, I instantly assumed “recipe book.” But it is so much more than that. It’s more like a guide to healthy eating for babies and toddlers.

The book does contain recipes. More than 150 of them to be exact! They’re all kid tested, nutritious, and ready in less than 15 minutes! And each recipe clearly states how much it makes, what age the recipe is best for, and all the nutrition facts. They’re easy to find, easy to read, and the several that I tried were really easy to make! (For the record, Parker *loved* the Puffy Pancakes and the Berry Yogurt Parfait.) There’s even a recipe for really yummy Celebration Cupcakes that have zucchini hidden inside. They were my favorite. (Go figure! It’s always about the cupcakes!)

The book goes beyond just giving you good healthy recipes for your baby and toddler. It teaches you how to set up your pantry, selecting the right foods, and so many other things that every new parent (or established parent!) needs to know. It answers the questions that so many parents have: Should we only buy organic food? Will a vegetarian diet hurt my young child? There are tons of resources on breastfeeding, food allergies, healthy food alternatives, and so much more. By starting your baby off right when it comes to eating healthy, you can influence their life and have them eating healthy for many years to come. It’s an excellent way to help combat childhood obesity as well.

I really wish I had had a resource like “Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler” when I had my first child. It is a wealth of information, and it’s a book that I will constantly go to now (for Parker) and in the very near future (with the new baby). I am super impressed with this book and would recommend it to any new mom to be, or mom with an infant or toddler. Some of the recipes are so good, it’s worth it to buy the book to try them out on your older kids! Maybe if I had followed a guide like this one, I wouldn’t be dealing with 4 very picky eaters right now.

The book retails for $14.95 and is available for purchase in many fine stores near you, as well as online at or on (And, big heads up! It’s only $10.17 on Amazon right now!) Even if you pay full price, it’s a bargain for how much information is crammed in this book!

Disclaimer: I was contacted by a representative of Sterling Publishing and was sent a copy of the book to get my honest review. I did not feel obligated to give a positive review of the book. I will always tell my readers exactly what I think. I was in no other way compensated for this post.

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    I made most of Annalise's baby food. I didn't have a book like that, I just looked some things up online and threw things in the blender. I added in her formula to soften them up. It's so fun to see the faces they make when trying something new

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