Feed the baby hummus Pediatrician-backed secrets from cultures around the world

Lisa E. Lewis

Book - 2018

"Parenting practices vary widely between countries and cultures. For example, in countries such as the Philippines, breastfeeding after age one year is common, and parents can make their own decision about what is right for their family. In Korea, babies eat a variety of spices and flavors, helping them develop a diverse palate and healthy eating habits. And in Italy, parents prevent separation anxiety by taking their babies to markets, restaurants, and churches and passing them around from... person to person. A practical and comprehensive guide to baby's first year, Feed the Baby Hummus teaches parents to confidently incorporate various multicultural practices into own caretaking plan. Pediatrician Lisa Lewis offers the wisdom and proven caretaking practices of the cultures of the world, drawn from her own training, research, travel, and clinical experience. Although certain standards of care must exist for babies to thrive and be happy, Feed the Baby Hummus offers a variety of cross-cultural parenting information and baby care guidance from a trusted source."--Back cover.

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[Sanger, CA] : Familius LLC 2018.
First edition
Item Description
"With tips from 40+ countries!"--Front cover.
Physical Description
288 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-288).
Main Author
Lisa E. Lewis (author)
Corporate Author
Familius LLC (-)
  • A note from Dr. Lewis
  • Part 1: Behavior and development
  • Chapter 1: Bonding with your baby
  • Chapter 2: Nurturing your infant
  • Chapter 3: Soothing your baby
  • Chapter 4: Stages of development
  • Chapter 5: Parental blues and sibling rivalry
  • Chapter 6: Security objects
  • Chapter 7: Separation and stranger anxiety
  • Chapter 8: Your baby's sleep
  • Part 2: Decisions to make
  • Chapter 9: Naming your baby
  • Chapter 10: Items for your new baby
  • Chapter 11: Circumcision
  • Chapter 12: Child care for working parents
  • Part 3: Diet and Nutrition
  • Chapter 13: Allergies to food
  • Chapter 14: Feeding your baby
  • Chapter 15: Burping, gas, and hiccups
  • Chapter 16: Breastfeeding
  • Chapter 17: Pumping breast milk for your baby
  • Chapter 18: Deciding to feed your baby formula
  • Chapter 19: Nipple-weaning - bottle or breast
  • Chapter 20: Starting foods for your baby
  • Chapter 21: Preventing overeating and obesity
  • Chapter 22: Your baby's nutritional needs
  • Chapter 23: Pesticides and your baby
  • Part 4: Building immunity and body care
  • Chapter 24: Building your baby's immune system
  • Chapter 25: Your's baby's head, eyes, and ears
  • Chapter 26: Your baby's hair and nail care
  • Chapter 27: Your baby's oral health
  • Chapter 28: Your baby's umbilical cord
  • Appendix
  • Helpful list: shopping for your baby
  • Helpful list: Finger foods and healthy ingredients for purees
  • Purees
  • Baby food recipes from around the world
  • Endnotes.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This reassuring childcare volume offers a wealth of basic information, as well as useful tips and "secrets" from 40 countries. Though pediatrician Lewis includes chapters on breast and bottle feeding, a recipe for Lebanese hummus, and an assortment of other recipes from a handful of countries, feeding represents just part of her focus; she also shares invaluable advice on topics ranging from sudden infant death syndrome to selecting the right kind of diaper. The well-traveled pediatrician peppers her book generously with tidbits from other cultures: in Holland, for instance, where regular routines are prized, six-month-olds generally sleep two hours more than their American counterparts; babies in Malaysia enjoy a warm-water ladle bath with soothing oil, and babies in Nigeria are not allowed to "cry it out" and are consoled immediately. Lewis lavishes particular praise on the "baby box," a cardboard box packed with baby supplies that the Finnish government, since the 1930s, gives to expectant mothers (the box, once unpacked, doubles as a baby's first bed). Throughout, Lewis's tone is invariably evenhanded: when it comes to deciding when to stop breastfeeding (a fraught issue in various cultures), for instance, Lewis notes that no two babies, or mothers, are alike. Her book is a treasure trove of childcare tips, and a clever cross-cultural journey. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review

Experienced pediatrician Lewis believes valuable insights about childhood needs can be gained by studying cultures worldwide. For example, Balinese babies' feet don't touch the ground for the first three months of their lives. In Switzerland, infants sleep in sturdy hammocks made of breathable fabrics that position babies on their backs, and Jamaican parents soothe feverish babies with rosewater baths. Divided into four main sections-"Behavior and Development," "Decisions To Make (e.g., naming, circumcision, and child care)," "Diet and Nutrition (allergies, breastfeeding, etc.)," and "Building Immunity and Body Care"-this work will comfort readers to know that their child is not alone (35 percent of Britons still sleep with a teddy bear or other stuffed animal according to a 2010 Travelodge study) or provide fresh ideas (try pumpkin and papaya as your child's first foods, as is common in rural Uganda). Each chapter contains pediatric advice and tips for implementing the wisdom of various cultures. The appendix includes a shopping list and international baby food recipes. Verdict Since Lewis takes sides on some issues, such as cosleeping and the oft-used cry-it-out method, her guidance may not appeal to all readers; however, the glance at global customs presents a fascinating perspective on parenting worldwide.-Julia M. Reffner, North Chesterfield, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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