Smart Baby Cookbook (Paperback)


A Blueprint for your child's nutrition and brain health

Doctor-approved and parent-tested, the Smart Baby Cookbook helps you give your young one a head-start for a healthy life, beginning with the best first foods, through to finger foods and family meals.



When chef Lauren Cheney’s baby was born with a rare immunity disorder, she threw herself into researching the best foods that could help him thrive. Drawing on advice from child health experts, she developed recipes for nutrient-packed everyday meals. Now with this empowering guide, her advice and recipes are available to for families everywhere, helping to nourish the bodies and brains of the little ones we love.


  • The science behind ‘SMART’ foods and their effects on immunity and brain function
  • Meal planners organised by baby’s age and stages of development, plus advice for starting solids
  • Easy-to-make family recipes designed for maximum nutrition
  • Budget-friendly recipes with minimal prep and no separate cooking required

Paediatrician Recommended

“As parents we all want the absolute best for our children. From the moment they are born, we strive to provide them with the best care and comfort that we can in the hope that they will grow up to be healthy, loving, well-adjusted adults who make the most of their own unique talents and abilities. In short, we want them to reach their full potential.

As a paediatrician and mother of two, I know the pathway to health, optimal brain function and a robust immune system is to consume a healthy diet supplying all the valuable nutrients right from the first baby foods. What your child is fed in the first three years of life has an enormous impact on their development. While ‘nature’ and genes are certainly responsible for some of your child’s development, ‘nurture’ is most definitely responsible for a significant portion. It is crucial for parents to understand that they can dramatically influence their child’s cognitive function and health simply by getting the diet right in those important first three years.

This is where SMART BABY can help. It is a much needed book providing parents with the information they need to make informed decisions when weaning their babies. In my line of work, I often come across parents who are nervous about the weaning process or do not have the appropriate knowledge to make the best food choices for their children. In many cases, they are using outdated information that has been gleaned from relatives or other parents.

Educating parents about the best way to feed their children should be given a high priority in prenatal visits and should definitely be first on the agenda in postnatal visits. SMART BABY fills a gap by providing dietary advice and recipes aimed at giving children the best chance to reach their potential.

I regularly witness the benefits of proper nutrition, seeing children with less allergies, behavioural problems, chronic illnesses, and digestive issues. I highly recommend this book for anyone invested in helping their child to live a healthy life.”

Dr Natalia Vollrath – Paediatrician, MD, FRACP.