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 Natural Baby

In 1928, the first can of baby food was sold by Gerber, says The New York Times. Instead of feeding homemade baby food, increasing numbers of parents turned to cans of strained, puréed fruits and vegetables. Available and affordable almost everywhere, canned baby food—along with breast milk and formula—soon nourished babies throughout the United States.

Today, many babies continue to subsist on pre-packaged foods. In an effort to regain control over what goes into their little ones’ bodies, some parents have brought baby food back into the home, creating tasty, nutritious meals using fresh ingredients and a few simple tools … and it doesn’t end there. Parents who desire a purer lifestyle have embraced the use of cloth diapers, all-natural cleaning products and homemade skin-care items, too.

What You’ll Find

The Basics: Consult Natural Baby™ for most of your little one’s needs. "Be Good to Baby” details the benefits of making your baby’s food, and "ABCs and 123s of Baby Food” explains the process from start to finish as well as cooking tips and equipment.

Recipes: There are recipes to feed your child every step of the way, from his or her first puréed meals ("Stage 1 Recipes”) to finger foods to grab and enjoy as a toddler ("Finger Food Recipes for Toddlers”). If you’re a fan of all-natural juices and smoothies, check out "Blend, Baby, Blend” for recipes and preparation tips.

Natural Baby Care: We’ve got you covered outside of the kitchen, too, with information on cloth diapers ("Cloth Diaper Basics”), breast-feeding ("Nature’s Milk”) and safe, natural home-cleaning products ("Clean the Green Way”).


Be Good to Baby
Why should you make your child’s food?
By Kyra Kirkwood

ABCs and 123s of Baby Food
Check out these helpful tips about gear and steps to begin making baby food at home.
By Nicole Sipe

Nature’s Milk
Learn about the health benefits that breast-feeding offers.
By Elizabeth McCaughey

Feeding the 6- to 9-Month-Old Baby
Stage 1 foods are all about exploring and having fun.
By Nicole Sipe

Cloth Diaper Basics
Discover the benefits of using cloth diapers for your baby.
By Lindsay Evans

Cooking for Your 9- to 12-Month-Old Child
Now you can begin feeding more complex foods.
By Lindsay Evans

Stage 2 Recipes
These recipes are ideal for 9- to 12-month-old babies.
By Lindsay Evans

Controversial Foods
You need to avoid some foods until checking with your doctor.
By Elizabeth McCaughey

Feeding Your Stage-3 Baby
Learn how and what to feed your 12- to 18-month-old.
By Kyra Kirkwood

Stage 3 Recipes
Try these meals with your 12- to 18-month-old baby.
By Kyra Kirkwood

The Dirty Dozen
Watch for the risk of pesticide residue on these fruits and vegetables.
By Amy K. Hooper

Finger Foods for Toddlers
Make mealtime a hands-on experience while introducing tastes and textures.
By Nancy Mann Jackson

Finger Food Recipes
Make healthy, easy-to-grasp foods for kids learning to use their hands.
By Nancy Mann Jackson

Blend, Baby, Blend
Juices and smoothies make healthy eating easy for you and your sprout.
By Kyra Kirkwood

Food Allergies Explained
Which foods should you avoid feeding your baby?
By Laura Doering

On the Go
These food-storage tips can keep your child happy and the backseat mess to a minimum.
By Laura Doering

Clean the Green Way
Use all-natural products for a safe home.
By Elizabeth McCaughey

Set a Skin-care Routine
Use natural, nonirritating products on your baby’s fragile skin.
By Lindsay Evans

Storage Solutions
Save time by refrigerating or freezing homemade baby food for later use.
By Laura Doering


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