Book Review: Raising Happy Healthy Babies By Kim Corrigan-Oliver
In the four short years since I was pregnant with my first son, things have drastically changed in the parenting world. When I became pregnant, the first book I ordered was the classic, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. I devoured the book, and then became an expert on all things pregnancy and baby, (insert sarcasm). While pregnant, I enjoyed litres upon litres of chocolate soy milk, spinach dip, and brownies. I ate for two, though I knew I really didn’t need to.
While in my 34th week of pregnancy, I suffered a placental abruption, and luckily, made it to the hospital over 2 hours away and safely delivered my son. He was tiny and he had a heart condition that has since resolved, but this experience completely changed my thinking about health.
I had already made the choice to cloth diaper, (which I successfully did with my first but not second child.) And next in line was making sure that my son was living free of chemicals, which translated to food. Back in early 2007, there were very few sources for learning what is involved in making your own homemade organic baby food. I remember the shock and awe that family members had when I told them my plans. What a change in 4 years!
A copy of Holistic Nutritionist Kim Corrigan-Oliver’s first book, Raising Happy Healthy Babies landed in my lap, and I can honestly say without a doubt that this book is a must have for any new parent. I wish it had been written years earlier as I could have used it myself.
I will disclaim by saying that Corrigan-Oliver is in fact a good friend of mine. We met in a parenting group I started a couple of years ago, and have stayed in contact. She is my go-to nutrition guru, and I turn to her for advice when I am I need of some guidance. I will add that the thing I like most about my friend is that though she has strong beliefs, she is not pushy, and this translates into her book.
Raising Happy Healthy Babies covers the gamut from pre-conception to solid foods and provides you with a wealth of information on what the many options are for feeding yourself and your child. I went into the reading material questioning how much I would truly learn, since I find myself fairly proactive when it comes to knowing where my food comes from, and I was pleasantly surprised to find I was making notes, and sharing information I had learned with friends.
There are a ton of recipes in the second half of the book, which are actually quite easy, and of course, quite healthy. I was stunned when I made her recipe for Breakfast Quinoa, and my 2-year-old actually gobbled it up. It is really outside of the box, and it works well for picky eaters, (which there are tips for as well.)
All in all, I am truly happy with this book, and immediately when I was through it I knew it would now be a staple in my baby shower gift giving. Corrigan-Oliver is very open about her intention with this book, which is to present the facts so that parents can make informed decisions. That is my ultimate goal, as well as many other parents I know, to make informed decisions.
*A copy of this book was provided for review.*