NO RICE CEREAL FOR BABY | BABY LED WEANING INTRO

This is a blog about nutrition and fitness

[originally published on FITori BLOG on January 9, 2012]. And, now, since I have a baby, her nutrition is extremely important to me. I had no idea that so much of what we feed our children is based on tradition versus research. [And that’s recent tradition.] In general, I’ve found that the statement “Infant research is in it’s infancy” is an accurate one! I think I found that quote here. And, that statement is so disappointing to me. Why isn’t more research on our babies?!

I THOUGHT EVERYONE STARTED WITH RICE CEREAL.

When I started hearing discussions about “rice cereal” as my daughter’s first food, I thought….why rice cereal at all? Should her first food be cereal? Grains? Carbs? We don’t eat cereal. Why should that be her first food? Is that adding any nutrition to her diet? Is iron fortification the best way to get iron into her diet? I have decided….I do not think so. [Side note: regarding iron, the best source is MEAT!]

I RESEARCHED AND I DECIDED….

I made the following conclusions…for myself and my baby….after doing my research on baby nutrition:

  • Breastmilk is the most important “food” for my baby until 6 months…really until 9 months, with some fun experimentation into food starting at 6 months.
  • Rice cereal is empty carbs and not worth filling up my baby’s tummy and therefore taking the place of breastmilk.
  • Spoon-feeding my baby doesn’t sound like fun for me or for baby.
  • Baby-led weaning sounds like tons of fun.
  • The fact that my baby’s digestive system may not be ready for solids before 6 months was enough for me to wait until 6 months old. [I read that introducing foods before 6 months could cause her body to attack that food and cause food allergies later. Not sure if that’s true but it does make sense.]

So, we started last week [6 months old] and baby led weaning is a blast!!! We started with bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, egg yolks etc. We’ve been steaming veggies that we cut into 2 inch pieces. She is having sooo much fun! We [FITori & FIThubby & FITdog Toby] are having sooo much fun! We are enjoying meal times as a family. We are all eating and enjoying our meals together. No one is taking turns spoon-feeding the baby and then eating our own meals. There is a ton of mess and oh what fun to make a mess! Toby is loving helping with clean up!

A few fun iPhone pics from last week…

And another fun pic from over the weekend. Loving egg yolks for breakfast!

If you’re interested in our research, we read and *followed* the advice in these three books.

  1. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
  2. Baby Led Weaning
  3. Real Food for Mother & Baby

I also found this FANTASTIC website recently that helps explain different foods for baby. It’s fabulous! I’m learning SO much about individual foods! Why didn’t I know this before?!

Babyfood101.comCheck out this example on peaches! SO much important information!

As always, tell me what you think, your research and what you did or are doing with your kiddos!

[This content has been modified from an article that originally appeared on FIToriBlog on January 9, 2012]

 

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2016-10-18T20:39:48+00:00 January 9th, 2012|Baby, Baby Led Weaning|0 Comments

About the Author:

This blog is my way of sharing my research with you. I am not an expert. After I research the best choice for my family, I want to share that with you! I am your EVERYDAY....military wife, homeschooling mommy, hippie homemaker, Catholic convert, photographer with an unquenchable appetite for knowledge & sweets...striving to make every day WHOLESOME.

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