When I told people that my son, at 4 months old, was starting to eat solids, I got all kinds of reactions… and unsolicited advice. It’s funny that when it comes to having a baby (during pregnancy and after), people always feel like they have to tell you what to do… even if they don’t have kids of their own!
Before I started my son on solid foods, I did all kinds of research. Yes, I am a bit of a nerd and I like to know everything. I read all kinds of research articles and blogs about food, what to feed them, how many times a day, when, etc. And after hours (yes, hours) of reading I came to realize that feeding babies has a lot to do with common sense.
When they start eating solids, their digestive system is only used to milk (breast or formula), so obviously we have to start with small doses. Another obvious fact is that we have to start with foods that are easy to digest (so meat or garlic are a definite no-no… duh!). And then, we have to worry about food allergies, so food should be introduced on a 3-4 day pattern, with one new item at a time. Other than that, it’s pretty much a go for anything.
What seems to shock people is that I feed my son fruit. So many mothers are against feeding their babies fruit and they will try to give you all kinds of scary reasons why you should not do that: early tooth decay, they will hate vegetables, they will become addicted to sugar, etc. Excuse my French, but that’s bullcrap. My son eats both fruit and vegetables and so far the only thing he doesn’t really like is avocado and brown rice. He is 6 months old, and every day he has 2 kinds a purees: 1 mixed fruit puree, and 1 mixed vegetable puree. I think the key is taste and flavor. I really want my son to have good tastes in food, so I make it a point to make sure his food tastes good.
Do your baby a favor: use only fresh ingredients… and don’t feed your baby something you would not eat! Why do people try to make their kids eat boiled spinach or boiled Brussels sprouts? Give your baby something that tastes good, how hard is that?
I know that some moms may prefer to buy pre-made baby food jars from the store. I agree that they are convenient, but be careful with what is in them. They all tend to pack on loads of sodium and artificial preservatives. Why not try making your own? You can prep a whole week’s worth of food in 1hour on the weekends and freeze it 🙂
A few tips from my kitchen to yours:
- use only fresh ingredients
- go organic and non-gmo (health first, people!)
- make your baby’s food – it’s not that hard I promise!
- steam steam steam! Boiled vegetables and fruit taste gross and lose most of their nutrients and vitamins
- keep all your cooking gear and baby jars very clean
- wash and peel all your vegetables and fruit
- go with variety (how would you like to eat the same thing everyday for a week?)
- if your baby does not like something the first time around, let it go – you can try again in a few weeks!