“The pleasure of eating is also a trait of my Italian origins, as I come from Emilia Romagna, and I want to pass on the great pleasure good food can give to my children. That’s how the idea of writing a special cookbook started, From weaning to Lasagna … “(Francesca Jaboli)
Did we ever imagine before becoming a parent how challenging it would be to feed our child?
As a mum you have few milestones to go through: pregnancy sickness, giving birth, sleepless nights, changing smelly diapers and weaning! When do you actually do it? How do you do it? Endless questions and very few answers.
It was exactly the same for me and I am an experienced gastroenterologist! After six months of breastfeeding my first child I was wondering what to prepare for the little one. I had limited ideas on what to give him – and no easy places to find the answers – so I turned to pediatricians, relatives and friends.
After the first few suggestions I often found myself back to square one, but gradually I found my path, had success and began to enjoy the whole process – so much so that I thought it would be fun and useful to assemble all I learnt, combining great recipes, medical advice of a pediatrician and my scientific knowledge of nutrition as a gastroenterologist.
Do you know the book From weaning to Lasagna?
The pleasure of eating is also a trait of my Italian origins, as I come from Emilia Romagna, and I want to pass on the great pleasure good food can give to my children. That’s how the idea of writing a special cookbook started, From weaning to Lasagna: reducing stress and living up to the big challenge of feeding your children.
From weaning to lasagna aims to makes weaning an easy job from the beginning, and you will also find out about:
- Basics of the human body and nutrition,
- What to introduce and when, but also how much food in the different stages,
- Differences between traditional weaning and baby-led weaning,
- Enjoying healthy and nutritious food, including how to eat fruit and vegetables,
- Suggestions of how to help your child to develop his taste through the five senses,
- Tips to avoid fussy eater, but being curious and trying new food,
- Importance of preventing and avoiding having an overweight or obese child,
- Deal with medical situation like intolerance, allergy, reflux, constipation or diarrhea.
In the book there are more than 200 great, easy to use, Italian recipes, easy to follow and arranged by age group. But most importantly these are great recipes for the whole family to share, eat together and learn the importance of meal and family time.
From weaning to lasagna includes clear and valuable information about the development of the digestive system and nutrition, giving families important tools to make informed choices about food and eating. I also provide medical safety advice in the case of case of choking with food.
At the heart of this book is the joyful Italian attitude to food. By taking pleasure in food ourselves we can teach children from a very early age how to eat what is on the table and to take pleasure in forming good habits and attitudes for life.
It’s also an easy going and non-judgmental guide for parents to help with the psychological development of a child discovering a new World – food. The child will be more and more independent from his parents, and the mum in particular. It’s a very delicate period of their lives and the table should not become a fighting area.
From weaning to lasagna is very colorful, fresh and I hope easy to read. I have also included many wonderful photos of my friend’s children while they eat, cook or play with food. And finally, at the end there is a small chapter with the beautiful drawings made by the children to whom I had simply asked to draw something about food … incredible results!
The book is available all over the world and easily delivered at home with a simple click on Amazon!
I hope you can have fun reading it and using it!
Thanks Francesca for writing the blog post and for the concession to use the images.