Last week we decided to let Simon finally try some real food. He’s 7 months old and I have been holding out based on our pediatrician’s recommendation. Everything I have read also states that there is no advantage to starting solids early and that delaying them can help prevent food allergies/sensitivities. I do have some rather “different” ideas about food and nutrition, but mainly I am just trying to do my best to help Simon establish healthy eating habits. So I baked up a sweet potato for Simon and took pictures as Myles fed him his first bites.
I am not trying to criticize anyone else’s methods or feeding philosophies, I am a big “do what works for you” proponent but we really want to avoid the picky eater scenario where I have to make a separate meal for the kids. I was a horrible picky eater (sorry Mom) so I guess I get what’s coming to me but the theory that I am subscribing to is that if we avoid getting Simon used to eating bland texture-less food then he will be more likely to develop a broad pallet and be willing to try new things. Hayven loaned me her book Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies,Young Children and Their Parents by Cynthia Lair and I would highly recommend it. Lair, a Bastyr nutritionist, talks a lot about exposing kids to a verity of whole foods but also having the policy “what’s severed is served”. She comes across as very loving but firm and I like her approach. Also Heather sent me the book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michale Pollan which is an excellent read and will probably forever change how I think about food. Pollan theorizes that a lot of the extreme increase in what he call “Western Diseases” (crones, diabetes, colitis, celiacs disease, etc) are directly related to the amount of over processed, nutritionally deficient “food” that we American’s consume (think soda, cheetos, etc). Our pediatrician is on the same page as us and does not recommend rice cereal, the traditional first food. When I thought about it skipping rice cereal made a lot of sense to me. Rice cereal is just over processed white rice, we don’t eat white rice (only brown, or wild verities) so why would I feed it to my baby? This is why we decided to start Simon on sweet potatoes, and I didn’t make them thin and watery. Since this first feeding we have also tried avocado. He really seems to like both.Portfolio | Contact Me | Book a Session
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