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, parents prevent separation anxiety by taking their babies to markets, restaurants, and churches and passing them around from person to person.
Feed the Baby Hummus teaches parents to confidently incorporate various multicultural practices into their own caretaking plan. Pediatrician Lisa Lewis offers the wisdom and proven caretaking practices of the cultures of the world, drawn from her own training, research, travel, and clinical experience. Although certain standards of care must exist for babies to thrive and be happy, Feed the Baby Hummus offers a variety of cross-cultural parenting information and baby care guidance from a trusted source.
Praise for Feed the Baby Hummus
A treasure trove of childcare tips, and a clever cross-cultural journey.
– Publishers Weekly
Every part of the book affirms the parents’ rights to make their own choices. It offers wide-ranging ideas and practices, but more than that, it offers confidence in parental judgment. This is refreshing in a time when so many discussions of infant parenting are fueled by extremes – never do this; you must do that. Feed the Baby Hummus is a guide to nurturing happy, healthy babies that goes beyond conventions.
– Foreword Reviews
A delightful and practical read for all expecting moms and dads. I wish I read it before becoming a parent!
– Rina Mae Acosta, coauthor of The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids by Doing Less
Celebrate their life, hold them when they cry, feed them food that is nourishing. The baby-parent-community oneness is age-old common sense. The careful reader should find inspiration from this book and reflect on how to respectfully honor this precious time in an infant’s life while relying on practical guidance from a pediatrician who values human connectedness and culturally grounded wisdom regarding babyhood.
– Patrisia Gonzales, PhD, associate professor and author of Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing
An easy-to-read parenting book with a twist. Complementing the usual pediatrician guidelines for safe baby care, Lewis concludes each section with tips from global baby-care routines. Indian massage. Jamaican rosewater bath. Sumatran rocking. Jewish naming rituals. American parents will find a treasure trove of practical and time-tested suggestions here. This reader-friendly guide will make a charming baby shower gift.
– Dr. Alma Gottlieb, coauthor of A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies
Dr. Lewis’ new book offers parents a truly unique guide to child-rearing. Feed the Baby Hummus not only provides traditional and time-tested parenting advice from the West, but is also interspersed with parenting stories, customs, traditions and even baby food recipes from around the world. In reading this book we realize how much there is to learn from the global parenting village. Dr. Lewis’ pediatric expertise combined with examples from around the world makes this book an insightful and comforting companion to new parents everywhere.
– Leena Saini, author of Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food
I have often thought that if we pooled together the most positive elements of each culture across the world we would create one strong thriving society. And what better time to do this than at the start of new life. This book provides parents with the wisdom and traditions from across the globe and ultimately the knowledge to follow their own natural intuition. A great read for new parents.
– Louise Webster, founder of Beyondtheschoolrun.com and author of A New Way for Mothers