There are many schools of thought about food introduction for babies. Here are a few thoughts we would like to focus on:
- FOCUS FIRST ON FEGETABLES MAINLY. This is to train child's palate to love their veggies. Also to train ourselves as parents to focus on feeding more foods from this food group. Start with 2 tsp and work up to a full jar of vegetables.
- Introduce fruits and meats. Start with 2 tsp and work up to a full jar.
- Stage Two Foods Avoid or minimize wheat products like pasta, breads and cookies.
- I like to encourage parents to not focus initially on cereals. But once child is doing well on a variety of other food groups e.g. vegetables, fruits and meats, then introduce cereals. AVOID WHEAT PRODUCTS DURING FIRST YEAR. E.g. pasta, bread, cookies.
- Earth's Best rice cereal is soy-free and therefore a preferable brand for rice cereal.
- Oatmeal, millet and quinoa are extra nutritious cereals.
JUICE IS NOT NECESSARY
à In fact it is preferable you train your child to drink water or coconut water.
àIf you are still inclined to give juice, juices or smoothies made at home are the best.
If giving store bought juices, make CERTAIN they do not contain artificial colors, corn syrup or fructose.
When possible, feed your child ORGANIC only. This is to minimize toxins, pesticides, and unnecessary added hormones. If not always possible, then at least stay away from those foods that that tend to have the most pesticides and hormones. See the blog titled "The Dirty Dozen" for this list.