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Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World

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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, paren ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Familius
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Melissa
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting, nonfiction
When I picked up this book, I was expecting a deep dive into how other cultures view parenting and child rearing. Instead, this book is your basic baby care book with occasional cultural examples thrown in. I was disappointed that she didn't dive deeper into her "cultural secrets" or do more research regarding their origin. You're better off just reading one of the more comprehensive baby care books.
Mary Kenyon
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fifty years old before I tried hummus. If only there had been a book like this when I gave birth to my first child in 1980. Wonderful handbook for a new parent.
Maryanne DellaSalla
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Very short and nothing really earthshaking as far as advice. Was a waste of money compared to many of the baby books out there.
Sarah
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would have loved to read this book while I was pregnant! It's a baby care book written by a pediatrician with bits of information throughout about how different cultures care for their children.
Laura Jaafar
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am quite impressed with the research and thought that went into this book. It is an excellent choice for new moms with great tips from other cultures in addition to all the fundamentals for your new baby. Dr. Lewis has a lot of insight into parenting and it shows in her carefully crafted good read! How we care for our bundles of joy has changed over the years and Dr. Lewis continues to give us new ways to improve our parenting with her tips. This book would make the perfect gift for any new mo ...more
Annemarie Guertin
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where was this book 12 years ago when I had my daughter??!! I enjoyed reading about the different cultures and the way in which things are done differently in terms of child rearing and could have used them in her upbringing. This book makes a great gift for any new parent.
Hanna
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think that I was hoping for more of an anthropological approach--more of a "There's so many ways to successfully raise kids correctly & no one culture has it all right. Kids are resilient and can thrive with a variety of parenting strategies." This book was much more of a pediatrician's standard guidebook to your baby's first few years of development/a guidebook to some of the first major milestones, with short, paragraph-long spotlights on what various cultures around the world do traditional ...more
Verna Sielaff
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book in the hopes that it would offer readers a chance to learn from other cultures and borrow techniques from around the world. What this book offers instead is the same advice that most modern American childcare books offer. It reads like a generic childcare book that reiterates surface level information on various topics, interspersed with some culturally specific techniques and traditions. The tidbits about baby raising around the world read more like fun facts rather than l ...more
Kate
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always researched cultural treatments of health in my quest to learn and grow. Although I don’t have a baby yet, I know my friends who are new moms will find information from this book especially interesting, and will appreciate that Lisa has collected information about a wide range of baby-care topics from an equally vast number of cultures. Informed mom readers can pick and choose which practices they want to test out with their baby to encourage connection and emotional and physical heal ...more
Pam Lobley
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love learning about other cultures, and reading about the different ways infants around the world are nurtured and parented was fascinating to me. This is a great gift for a new parent!
Cordelia Eddy
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
While the author promised child rearing and baby care tips from around the world, what she offered was her own tired and mainstream views as a pediatrician. Her pediatric bias was annoying - it seemed like she also only affirmed other ways of doing things if it was supported by mainstream Western medicine. I also felt there were also some serious lapses in logic — like she insisted that babies didn’t need meat in the first year but that they needed iron supplementation. Um, what about just give ...more
Mary Canales
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book! What a great read with fun topics. It's not a deep dive or earth shattering as the other comments lament, but we already know that. It's a fun book with a Pediatrician who took the time to research the topics from cultures around the world. It's such a fun book to read that I bought a copy for a friend as a gift and after she loved it, I bought 2 more as gifts! Perfect for new Moms! Oh and I love hummus! Thank you Dr. Lewis for your wonderful contribution to Goodreads ...more
Lisa
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is good as a basic intro to baby care. It has some small chapter-long cultural tidbits here and there. I was hoping for more in-depth anthropology but I guess it's good for what it is, if you know what you're getting.
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Dr. Lewis has been a practicing pediatrician for over 20 years. She writes about child health and parenting across cultures. Dr. Lewis has traveled the world extensively and has a keen interest in the medical and parenting philosophies of other countries. She has been chosen as a Mom-Approved Pediatrician by Dallas Fort Worth Child Magazine in 2016 and 2017. Dr. Lewis has contributed to many blogs ...more

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