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Most parents worry about their child's eating at some point. Common concerns include picky eating in toddlerhood; sweet cravings and vegetable avoidance in the early school years; and dieting and worries about weight in the tween and teenage years. The Gentle Eating Book will help parents to understand their child's eating habits at each age. Starting from birth, the book covers how to start your child off with the most positive approach to eating, whether they are breast or bottle-fed.

Parents of older babies will find information about introducing solids, feeding at daycare and when to wean off of breast or formula milk. For parents with toddlers and older children, Sarah includes advice on picky eating and food refusal, overeating, snacking and navigating eating at school, while parents of tweens and teens will find information on dieting, peer pressure, promoting a positive body image and preparing children for future eating independence. At each age The Gentle Eating Book will help parents to feed their child in a manner that will set up positive eating habits for life.

©2018 Sarah Ockwell-Smith (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

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  • clair B
  • 02-11-19

A real eye opener

I bought this book looking for some tips to help my little picky eater, but this book has opened my eyes to the complexity of our relationship with food and the potential effect that we as adults have on our children’s approach to food and eating. The author has also made me aware of the potentially damaging, but well meaning, things that we say to our children on the subject of food. There are also some interesting points made about schools and how they may be negatively impacting our children’s relationship with food and exercise. I have to say that this book has been a real revelation for me and it will change the way I think and talk about food from here on in.

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  • A. Lembertaite
  • 06-26-21

This book helped me and my toddler

Learnt so much listening to this simple and very interesting book. I will not be stressing about my 2,5 year old not eating as much as I would want anymore. So much new information and useful tips. Thank you very much

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  • Rachael Molloy
  • 05-27-21

Informative

Really fascinating. I went into this due to concerns about my child's eating and came out of it thinking more about my own eating habits! So many things I wouldn't have even thought about.

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  • legomummy
  • 01-25-21

Good listen

This is a great book if you prefer the gentle parenting approach and trust that things will work but may take time then read this. If you are old school and think kids should eat their food whether they like it or not and shout at them then maybe this book isn't for you (although it should be) . It would be a great book to read before you have children to start off in the right place.

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  • Yvette
  • 03-05-18

Definitive text on childhood eating

You are going to hear me refer to this book a LOT! I am becoming an even bigger fan of Sarah Ockwell-Smith with each new book she releases. But this Gentle Eating one is truly fantastic.

She takes you through every stage - including why and how we eat - from breastfeeding, breastmilk-feeding a formula-feeding, through introducing solids (including BLW) to selctive and picky toddler eating (and why a lot of that is perfectly normal) through school aged children and teens. She talks about parents own experiences around food and body image and how that can impact on our children and much more.

I have the audio book on the go in the car and bought the e-book as well so I can highlight and copy passages to share, because there is just so much evidence-based wisdom in here

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