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Food to Grow On

The Ultimate Guide to Childhood Nutrition--From Pregnancy to Packed Lunches

by (author) Sarah Remmer & Cara Rosenbloom

Random House Canada
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
General, Children's Health, Baby Food
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price

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The definitive guide to childhood nutrition, packed with practical advice to support you through pregnancy, and up until your little one starts school. Food to Grow On gives you the tools to confidently nourish your growing child, and set them up with a positive relationship with food for life.

From the moment you know a baby is on the way, you want what's best for your child. Enter Food to Grow On to coach you through every stage of feeding your child in their early years of life. Laid out in an easy-to- navigate question and answer style, this book provides practical advice and support from Sarah Remmer and Cara Rosenbloom, two trusted dietitians (and moms). With an empathetic tone and hint of we've-been-there-too humor, Food to Grow On is packed with hard-earned parenting wisdom and the very latest research in pediatric nutrition, so you will feel supported, understood, and ready to help your child thrive.

Included inside are answers to pressing questions like:

How often should I breastfeed or bottle-feed?

Should I spoon-feed or try baby-led weaning?

What do I need to know about raising a vegan child?

My toddler is a picky eater, what should I do?

How can I make school lunches my child will eat?

Sarah and Cara's advice covers what to feed your child, but also dives deeper into how to feed your child. With this broad approach, you'll learn eating well is much more than just the food you serve. It's about cultivating positive experiences around food at every stage of your child's development, whether they're about to start solids or about to start school.

About the authors

Sarah Remmer's profile page

Cara Rosenbloom is a passionate foodie and a Registered Dietitian. She was the dietitian at Canadian Living for six years and makes regular appearances on Breakfast Television, CTV News, and The Morning Show. She holds a literature degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University. She lives in Toronto.

Cara Rosenbloom's profile page

Excerpt: Food to Grow On: The Ultimate Guide to Childhood Nutrition--From Pregnancy to Packed Lunches (by (author) Sarah Remmer & Cara Rosenbloom)

We are so honored to have written this book, and are thrilled to share it with you. Our goal is to help you survive and thrive in the early days and years of feeding your child (because they sure can be confusing and overwhelming!). We figured there should be an expert guide to this important time as parents play such a huge role in shaping their children’s eating habits for life. So we looked for one, but couldn’t find it; there wasn’t a credible, extensive, easy-to-navigate, question-and-answer guide to feeding kids written by registered dietitians—until now! In a perfect world, you’d be granted your very own personal dietitian when you become pregnant, and have access to them until your child is school-age (and beyond!). But because that’s not reality, you have us! Dietitians in your hands.  Inside this book, you’ll find all the information you need to feed and nourish your child—and yourself—from the moment you find out a baby is on the way until you’re sending them off to school with lunchbox in tow.

Parents have so many questions about nutrition, and as moms and trusted experts in childhood nutrition, we have valuable knowledge to share. In this book, we will help you figure out what you should and shouldn’t eat while pregnant. We’ll support you postpartum (sneak preview: it can be really hard!), whether you decide to breastfeed or bottle-feed or both. We’ll help you through weaning your baby and the transition to solid foods. We’ll give you information on what your little one’s nutritional needs are from birth to the age of 6. We’ll help you decide what foods you should serve to your baby, toddler, and child on a daily and weekly basis.

And we won’t stop there because healthy eating extends way beyond what kids eat into how they eat as well. Mealtimes can be a challenge when it comes to young kids (we get this as moms ourselves!). That’s why we will also focus on when, where, and how to feed your child, in addition to what to feed your child. We’ll explain how to set mealtime boundaries and meal and snack schedules. We’ll talk about why family dinners matter (and how to facilitate them without losing your mind). And we’ll look at how to help your child feel empowered to make nutritious food choices on their own, and learn to love a variety of foods long-term.

Have you ever seen one of those kids who happily munches away on raw vegetables? Or one who chooses water over juice? Or one who eats a piece of cake and leaves a little behind because their tummy is full? We’ll help you raise those kids (hint: it starts when they are babies, and YOU play a big role). We’ll also give you peace of mind that your child is okay if they go through a phase of refusing vegetables, even for months (because it happens, and it’s normal!), and help create a positive, healthy feeding relationship between you and your child for life.

Editorial Reviews

“Parents, if you buy one book about how and what to feed your child, make it this one.”—Kim Shiffman, editor-in-chief, Today’s Parent

“Every nutrition question you have, from pregnancy through preschool, answered.”—Jill Castle, MS, RDN, creator of The Nourished Child and co-author of Fearless Feeding
“In over 40 years as a pediatrician, I have read many books on feeding babies and children. This one stands out. It comes from the hearts and minds of two experienced dietitians and mothers, who deeply care about empowering parents. With its wide range of information, told with compassion and wit, may this book nourish you and your child.”—Peter Nieman, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, pediatrician and author

“As a pediatrician, I know that parents often feel anxious and confused about how best to feed their babies and toddlers. This wonderful book walks parents though the ABCs of childhood nutrition with lots of practical tips and fun facts. I highly recommend it!”—Aaron Lindzon, MD, pediatrician

“An excellent resource that effectively translates nutrition and feeding research into practical tips, which parents can easily use to feed their children.”—Jess Haines, PhD, RD, associate professor & co-director of the Guelph Family Health Study, University of Guelph

“These dietitian-moms have both the expertise and the empathy parents need, and this useful, friendly guide is full of sensible advice that you can put into place right away.” Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, blogger at and author of The 101 Healthiest Foods for Kids

“Say goodbye to picky eaters and nutritional worries! With the science behind the food your family needs, plus super easy meal ideas, Food to Grow On should be a staple in every parent’s home.”—Erica Ehm, publisher of

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