Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler Review and Giveaway

Homemade baby food became somewhat of a hobby for me. I don’t think my daughter had more than three or four jars of store-bought food, and I smiled smugly when she rejected it in favor of my delectable concoctions of ground oats, flax seeds, and kale. (That smugness has since faded: See the Any Brilliant Ideas for Picky Eaters? post!)

As obsessed as I was with making my own homemade baby food, I could have used this incredible book: Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby & Toddler by Jeannette L. Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner of Real Food Moms. Their guide goes way beyond my boring purees, with more than 150 recipes and snack ideas for babies and kids under three. Many of the recipes sound delicious for adults, too—zucchini cupcakes with mascarpone frosting, veggie pancakes, pasta with pesto and garbanzo beans, creamy choco-banana smoothie. And don’t worry—there are still plenty of recipes for “traditional” baby fare such as teething biscuits, grain cereals, and apple sauce.

The book also includes tips for establishing good eating routines, information on organic foods and vegetarian diets, and a comprehensive list of whole foods companies and products.

Would you like a copy of Great Expectations: Best Food for Your Baby and Toddler? I have one to giveaway to a lucky winner!

You can enter up to three times! Just post a comment for each entry by Monday, November 1st.

Three Ways to Enter the Giveaway:

1. Simply post a comment

2. Like us on Facebook (then tell us you did it in the comments)

3. Spread the news about the giveaway! Email someone, post it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, or send someone a message about it via carrier pigeon. (And again, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments!)

Good luck!

Congratulations to Mary, winner of the BornFree straw cup giveaway!


  1. I would love some more ideas for making healthy food for my little eaters! Zucchini cupcakes sound yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I would love this. I made all my son’s food and have a little one on the way, but we honestly got stuck in a rut of peas, green beans, and sweet potatoes and would like to broaden my horizons for this baby!

  3. I’m a facebook fan!

  4. I’d love a copy! We’ve been making basic purses for our daughter and can certainly use some new ideas.

  5. We liked using pureed baby food to mix with plain (often homemade) yogurt.

  6. I am a facebook fan

  7. My son is only breastfed at this point as he is too young for food just yet, but I know I will be making his food instead of buying jarred. I would love a book with some creative ideas!

  8. I am a facebook fan.

  9. shelly connor says

    I am a facebook fan!

  10. I “like” you on FB

  11. My daughter also prefers home-made to store-bought 🙂

  12. we’ll be starting this in just a few months so this would be really helpful!

  13. My son is almost 5 months old. I can’t wait for when he starts making a mess with me in the kitchen. I say that now, right? I would love a copy of this book so I can fill him up with all sorts of yummy and nutritious meals!

  14. My daughter is 3 months old, so I’ve been thinking ahead for the coming months and would love this book! Thanks!

  15. I’m a fan on facebook!

  16. Rebecca Davis says

    My 10 month old twins would love this! Thanks!

  17. Rebecca Davis says

    I emailed friends about you! Thank you!

  18. Rebecca Davis says

    I am a fan on facebook!

  19. I would love this book! I’m hoping to make as much homemade baby food as possible for my children. Thanks!

  20. love the idea of real kid-friendly recipes:)

  21. i’m a FB fan (came here from there:)

  22. I made almost all of my son’s baby food. And plan to do the same for #2, due in Feb. 🙂 This would be great!

  23. And I’m already a facebook fan! Love you guys. 🙂

  24. Maggie McKinney says

    I give my son bits off my plate but it waould be great to have a backup of food just for him in case were eating something I can’t give him

  25. I cannot wait when baby starts eating solids – all the fun making baby food!

  26. I would love this book for my daughter. I have made all her baby food and could really use some recipes to make things more interesting.

  27. I like you on Facebook.

  28. I have emailed a few friends about this giveaway.

  29. I would love to win this book. My daughter is just beginning to eat solids and more ideas would be great.

  30. this book looks great!

  31. I’ll definitely be emailing friends about the giveaway

  32. This would be perfect for us right now and our almost nine-month old daughter. Thanks for the give away!

  33. I would love a copy! We have a precious little one due in 6ish months and I tried to feed my 1st and 2nd child homemade food. Not very successful with my 1st, my 2nd more successful but with the third I finally want to deem success!!! Thank you for the give away! 🙂

  34. This book would be a great addition to my baby book collection! I also Liked on Facebook!

  35. I would love this as a gift for my friend who is having her first baby. We love this book!

  36. I just started my youngest, River, on solid food last week. So far, he is enjoying apples, butternut squash, and bananas. I’d love recipes for more real food ideas.

  37. I’m having my first baby in March and have always wanted to make my own baby food. I would love to have this book.

  38. Oh, and I also “liked” the post on FB.

  39. I love making baby food for my 12 month old daughter, and I am running out of ideas! This book would be great.

  40. I would love to get some new ideas! 🙂

  41. sarah dunlap says

    Great giveaway! I would love to win.

  42. Would love a copy! I have a 15-month old who is giving me a run for my money. I never know what she’s going to be willing to eat on any given day.

  43. Man I would love to have a copy of this! It sounds great! I love cookbooks and don’t buy hardly anything processed. So this would be a great addition to my collection!! Especially for my 10 mo old.

  44. I’m a facebook fan 🙂

  45. I am a mother of identical girls! Through the pregnancy eating healthy and not artificially is a necessary way to continue into the introductionn of food.

  46. New food ideas that add extra nutrition of spices will help my twins get the most out of real food! No small glass jars please!

  47. Like you on FB!

  48. Somethings you have to share!! I emailed to a friend!

  49. We are looking into BLW but I would love this book! 🙂

  50. i would love to get new ideas , feeding twin boys is not always easy.

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