Now, let me start off by saying TO EACH HIS OWN. I find parents can get very defensive if you don’t do things the way they do. Fact is, I make my decisions on parenting just as other parent makes their own decision, research and instincts. Nutrition is so important to me especially when it comes to my children. I suffered from terrible digestive issues and food allergies since I was a little girl all the way up until I was 22 and decided to go vegan. While I still have occasional issues, I’ve never felt better. So, from my experiences, there is a lot of caution I will be taking when I start to introduce food to Zoey. Here’s some tips I’ve been learning so far.
First of all: Timing is everything. I’ve made the decision to exclusively breast feed until at least 8 months. My pediatrician recommends at least 6 months and I plan to take it a step further. Food allergies are now commonly linked to being introduced to food too early. So I’d rather be safe than sorry. Plus it’s well known that “food before 1 is just for fun” so why risk it.
Second: Introduce vegetables first. Babies are born with a preference to sweets. So getting their taste buds exposed to yummy vegetables first allows you a better chance of getting them to enjoy vegetables. This has been debated, but truthfully it makes the most sense to me. Breastmilk is high enough in sugar as it is.
Third: No rice cereal. My favorite doctor to follow, Dr. Mercola explains, “When flour is refined to make cereal, the most nutritious part of the grain is removed, so the flour essentially becomes a form of sugar.” Yikes! Most pediatricians suggest adding this to babies diets around 4 months of age through their bottle. I may have dark circles under my eyes for a couple more months of Zoey waking up every 4 hours but I’m willing to sacrifice beauty (hell haven’t all moms already?) to not have that be her first food.
I’m so thrilled to see what her taste buds love and hate. I can’t wait to use all the cute bibs I have especially the ones from Taking Care of Bibness…LOVE them! For now though…mommy will have to do!
Here’s a good little reference I found for best first foods!