Book Review: Super Baby Food

I am so pleased to have my friend Annie back on Acting Balanced to share her opinion on Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron.  Annie just had her second child in July and was really happy to check out the all new version of this tried and true classic.

From the Publisher:

Completely Revised and Updated edition of the best-selling Super Baby Food! Parents know that you get only one shot to feed your baby right and Ruth Yaron has been helping parents get it right for over 15 years. Ruth's book, Super Baby Food, is affectionately referred to as the baby food bible by over half a million parents worldwide because it literally contains everything you will ever need to know about feeding a baby and toddler.

It features, for example, a very special type of baby cereal she calls Super Porridge. This is definitely not your mom's powdered white rice baby cereal. We are talking about organic, whole grains and legumes, blended and boiled at home with a bit of nutritional yeast and/or tahini sprinkled in for an extra nutritious touch.

This is the first major revision and highly anticipated update in 10 years and really is a "new" book. The first edition of Super Baby Food sold more than half a million copies. Moms simply LOVE.... Baby Food! It offers them a simple and complete baby and toddler feeding system plus over 350 recipes to choose from!

Within the pages of Super Baby Food parents will find…..
  • How to create the perfect vegetable cube, the perfect meal, the perfect, most organic, most nutritious baby bite!
  • We are talking about organic, whole grains, legumes and vegetables blended at home with a bit of nutritional yeast and/or tahini sprinkled in for that extra nutritious touch.
  • We are talking about organic, fresh avocado, banana, mango, and spirulina, organic brown rice, legumes, and they go crazy for kale, yes, Kale!
  • Parents will discover how to create homemade yogurt from one tablespoon of store-bought plain yogurt.
  • Parents will learn how to properly store and serve tofu and if they can freeze it.
  • Parent will learn about the latest nutritional enhancers like kelp, nutritional yeast, wheat germ…quick and easy ways to boost nutrition in every baby or toddler meal.

Parents want the absolute BEST they can offer their baby. They want their kids to be the brightest, the healthiest, and the happiest kids on the block.  With Super Baby Food, it has never been easier to be sure babies are getting the best nutrition possible.

Annie's Review:

The book Super Baby Food is a large manual about infant feeding, and a very specific plan and schedule for making and feeding homemade baby foods. It contains great information about when to begin feeding your baby, how to follow your baby’s cues, and what you can feed your baby at each age and why. This program relies fairly heavily on grains, or “Super Porridge,” and yogurt, mixed with a variety of different fruits, veggies, nuts, and beans. 

The plan is set up for complete weaning of the infant by age 1, although the author does go on to mention in a later chapter that it is healthy to breastfeed your baby past the age of one. Ms. Yaron explains things like the importance of organic foods, how to prepare foods to maintain maximum nutrient density, why processed, store bought baby foods are not the best choice for feeding your baby, and even how to keep your kitchen and baby’s food sanitary and safe. 

The Super Baby Food plan may not be for every parent - it appears to be very time consuming, relies heavily on grains and dairy foods, and requires the feeding of purees (and thus a great blender or food processor, freezing supplies, storage space, and time at least every other day to make more purees). But, for the parent wanting a wonderful resource on making homemade baby food, this book would be the only book you need, from first foods through great recipes for toddler foods.

I am personally a baby-led weaning advocate (who steers clear of most grains and all dairy products due to food intolerance), but I still believe I will find myself referencing this book fairly frequently as my baby girl grows and begins to eat. Many of the foods can be served in alternate ways, other than pureeing, and it is a really handy guide for maintaining healthy balance and variety for early eaters. There’s a section about finger foods and ways to serve foods that would typically be difficult for a baby or toddler to eat. There is even a chapter full of recipes for toddlers that I may begin using now for my 2 year old to help us get out of his food rut. In all, it is a worthwhile read and a great reference for infant feeding.

Thanks for such a thorough review Annie!  If you're a new mom and considering making your own baby food, then this is a book you should definitely check out!  You can find Super Baby Food online at for just $15.79 and at most major book retailers!