What the heck should I feed my baby?
Caution: Controversial matter ahead!
I give you permission to completely disagree. You can even start your own blog and rant about about what you think is best if you'd like.
Like everything with motherhood, take it with a grain of salt. Eat the meat, spit out the bones.
So, what foods should you introduce to your baby first??
ps. NOT RICE CEREAL
Hear me out. Your infant is starting to take interest in food. Mainly because he or she starts to grab at things like your hair, dangly earrings (stick with the stud earrings for at least the first year people), and your plate of food.
If you're a first time mom the question eventually arises, what the heck should I feed my baby for their first food? Conventional pediatric counsel will say soft foods (duh), rice cereal, or other grain based cereal or canned baby foods. Dr. Mercola said it best as to why we've avoided that advice.
"When you feed your baby a bowl of infant cereal, picture yourself dipping directly into your sugar bowl and feeding baby spoon or two, because that's essentially what it amounts to." - Dr. Mercola
Rice cereal will help prime the infants appetite towards sugar and processed foods. Get ready to incessantly hear, "I want another cookie!!".
the golden first food: egg yolks?!
Yup, according to the Weston A. Price Foundation, egg yolk should be your baby's first solid food, starting as early as 4 months, whether your baby is breastfed or formula-fed. (source) Egg yolks from free-range hens will contain the special long-chain fatty acids so critical for the optimal development of your child's brain, hormone function, digestion and nervous system.
Since egg whites may cause an allergic reaction it's best to avoid giving them to your child until they're at least 1 year old.
Here's a simple way to prepare egg yolks you may want to try:
- 1 organic egg from a pasture-fed (free-range) chicken
- a pinch natural unprocessed salt
Boil the egg for 3 1/2 minutes. Place in a bowl and peel off the shell. Remove the egg white and discard. The yolk should be soft and warm, not hot, with its enzyme content intact. Sprinkle with a small amount of natural salt.
When should I introduce food?
- When they're sitting up without support
- Shows interest in reaching for toys, earrings, food, aka - anything
- Takes more notice when you are eating
How should I introduce food?
- Introduce one food at a time in 2-3 day intervals. This helps your baby get used to the foods and gives you a chance to notice any allergies or sensitivities to certain foods
- Start with pureed foods and slowly transition to softer finger foods they can eat themselves
baby's first foods list:
- egg yolk
- coconut oil
- mashed avocado
Always add fats (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, grass fed butter) liberally or mix with breastmilk
- pureed meats (stick to grass fed, pastured, free range)
- cooked and mashed sweet potato
- touch of kefir or yogurt (organic, no sugar added!)
- Stews or soups
- mashed banana, pear, applesauce
- Slowly add in some grains always mixed with healthy fats
- nut butter (watch for any food sensitivities)
- whole egg
- raw fruit and vegetables cut into small pieces
Read food labels!
Hopefully you've already made this a habit for yourself to check every food label you purchase. Do the same with any purchased baby foods. Outside of breastmilk, prepared foods (the same foods you eat, but mashed up!) are the best thing for your baby's health.
But let's be real, sometimes out life demands on-the-go food. Labesl should read real food ingrediants. Anything containign sugar, or hidden sugar, or excess sodium should be avoided. Teething buscuites and "puffs" can be full of sugar or trans fats.
Keep it simple, sister!
first food golden nuggets
- Be patient. Every kid is different. Set your expectation that there will be lots of messes, lots of experimentation, and lots of play with food. At this point when your baby if first starting to eat it's more about "play" than actually being soly nourished by the foods they eat. Be prepared that they will still getting the bulk of nourishment they need from breastmilk or formula. Table manners will kick in eventually.
- Don't fear seasonings. Sea salt is best to start sprinkling on their food from the very beginning. Not only does it provide them with valuable minerals, it tastes better and will help them to become less picky later. Assuming you use appropriately mild spices, introduce them to new flavors soon.
- Stick to the "clean 15". This post breaks down the list of conventional produce that has the least amount of harmful pesticides. Try to buy organic from the "dirty dozen" when possible to decrease the toxic load on your little's body.
- Feed them with a silver spoon. No, really. The small amount of silver the baby will get will help fight off infection! (source)
What was your baby's first foods? Would you do the same or differently next time?
Eat in your lane,