Two New Baby Books About Recipes and Shots

I get excited when I receive new books that are just about babies. When my kids were in diapers, I couldn’t inhale enough information about them. Here are two recent releases about how to feed babies and keep them healthy. I enjoyed both books because the information applies to my little kids, too.

Smart Bites for Baby: 300 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Love Meals that Boost Your Baby and Toddler’s Brain

by Mika Shino
I’d recommend this book to parents who are obsessed with three things: creative cooking, nutritious “brain” foods and Asian ingredients. The recipes such as Udon Saute with Chicken and Quinoa Almond Pudding sound delicious to me, and I’d be willing to try them out on my little kids. But the point is to give these different flavors and textures to babies so they develop a broad palette–and healthy brain–from the very first bite. The book is not for picky babies or parents but for those who love to experiment with super healthy foods that have a distinctly Asian influence. Click to the next page for a yummy snack recipe that I can’t wait to make.


Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives
by Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood
Written for parents who are pro-vaccine or who just want information about what’s in all of those kids’ shots, this book is a great resource. The authors break down everything from ingredients to adverse reactions to the autism myth. This book is not for parents who agree with Jenny McCarthy. She still claims that there is a link between vaccinations and autism. This book whole-heartedly disagrees, and breaks down the medical research to back up their points.

Moroccan Date “Truffles” from Smart Bites for Baby
2 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup ground walnuts
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 cup dried coconut

1. Cut the dates in half (removing the pits if there are any remaining), and then dice them into small pieces. Put the pieces into a bowl and combine with walnuts, water, apple juice and vanilla. Mix well.
2. Make small, bite-sized balls.
3. In a pan, dry roast the sesame seeds on low heat for about 3 to 4 minutes until they are golden.
4. In a plate, combine coconut and sesame seeds; roll the balls in the mixture until well coated.
5. Store truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Yield: 2 dozen truffles

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  1. by Melanie

    On October 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I am sorry I bought this book. Well, sorry I didn’t see your pointed review regarding it being strongly in the pro-vaccine camp before wasting my money. I was hoping for a fair and balanced view of both sides. Dr. Sears Vaccine Book did provide this. I’m for vaccinating my child but not for the blind allegiance to vaccine spin this provided. I bought mine from Barnes and Noble and already sent to the library donation bin.

  2. by Parent

    On November 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you for donating this book to the library. The more people who read the book the better.

    Just another autism parent