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New parents are faced with what seems like a million decisions to make. The choices surrounding how and what to feed your baby or toddler are some of the most important decisions that you will make. The foods that you choose to provide will help your child's body and mind grow and develop to their fullest potential. How those foods came from the farm to the table will greatly impact not only the health of your baby, but also the health of our planet. Choosing to feed your baby and toddler organic food is one choice that is good for your child, your family, and your world.

Luckily, this serious decision is also delicious! The Everything® Organic Cooking for Baby & Toddler Book contains more than 300 recipes that will delight your baby from first foods to organic family dining. How can preparing Pear Apple Crisp, Blueberry Pancakes, and Pineapple Coconut Rice Pudding help save the world? As this book explains, organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farmers do not use toxic pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers. Instead, organic farmers use natural methods — including crop rotation, natural fertilizers, and letting fields lie fallow — to allow nature's bounty to shine through. Organic livestock are given access to fresh air, fresh water, and a healthy diet; they are not given routine doses of antibiotics or warehoused in cramped quarters. Organic farming contributes to cleaner air, water, and soil. The simple act of choosing organic means that you are also helping to ensure that the natural environment is protected.

Since the vast majority of a baby's nutrition in the first year of life comes from breast milk or formula, babies have the opportunity to learn about different tastes and textures during their early experiences with food. This cookbook provides recipes for those basic purées and sets the groundwork for introducing a variety of tastes, flavors, and combinations to help babies develop into healthy eaters as they grow.

These recipes emphasize natural sweeteners and seasonings rather than relying on refined sugars and salt. Developing good eating habits begins right from your baby's first experience with food. Your baby will come to know food with its true flavors shining through rather than being masked by unhealthy additives.

The recipes in The Everything® Organic Cooking for Baby &Toddler Book emphasize a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. You will discover a few surprises tucked in among the healthy, organic versions of long-time favorites. Comfort foods like pot pies, lasagnas, and soups are scrumptious when given an organic makeover. By introducing your toddler and your other family members to tastes from around the world, for example — Tabouli Salad, Caribbean Baked Risotto, and Baked Honey Pescado — you might discover some new favorites and lay the groundwork for a lifetime of delicious and healthy culinary possibilities.

Many children go through phases where their palates become more limited. For pickier little ones, there are a variety of options that provide sound nutrition in the guise of a treat. There are cool sorbets, fruity smoothies, and fun dips to enchant even the most reluctant eater. Even birthday cakes are given the organic once-over in this family-friendly cookbook.

This cookbook can help you set the table for healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. Organic eating can also help you contribute to a healthier planet. Enjoy watching your baby grow into a healthy, happy, organic child!

In closing here is one important note: When reading the recipes in this book please remember that while each individual ingredient does not have the word “organic” before it, it is assumed that you will be using only organic foods for these recipes.

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