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I want my baby to be vegetarian but my husband does not, what is the best possible way to make a decision?

I'm vegetarian and want my daughter to be as well, but my husband wants her to eat meat (like him). He says that she is to little to decide if she wants to be a vegetarian or not. I tell him she will be vegetarian and when she grows up and wants to eat meat than is her decision (he says that she needs meat because of the protein, but as a vegetarian I get my proteins from other kinds of food and I know I have enough of it). She is 4 months right now, so there is no rush..but I really want to have a firm thought of it. So what is your opinion?

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Salma25

Asked by Salma25 at 10:38 PM on Jul. 15, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • i think that is a decision she should make for herself when she is old enough to...
    VictinaG

    Answer by VictinaG at 10:42 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • its not norrmal or weird to eat meat or be veg.
    so whoever cooks the meals should have more say!!!

    queenamy

    Answer by queenamy at 10:49 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • I was a vegan for some six years, and a vegetarian until I became pregnant. I always wanted to raise my child that way. I still do not eat pork. My reasons for not eating animal bi-products was not something that my daughter could understand until she was older. Even if I still chose to live that life style, I wouldn't chose it for my daughter. I want her to grow up and formulate her own opinions. I think that you just need to sit down with your husband and compromise on the issue. He has to be flexible and that means that you do as well.
    2-1CavWife

    Answer by 2-1CavWife at 10:49 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • I think that you should let her try all kinds of food and let her decide for herself what she does not like when she's older. If she tries meat, and does not like it, fine. If she tries it and loves it, fine...but make sure she's getting the nutrition elsewhere. A babies and childrens diet requires different amounts of vitamins and nutrients than an adults, so talk to her pediatrician. By saying she WILL be a vegetarian, you're already deciding that she will have no chance to eat meat, and that's not right. Let HER make that choice.
    StefanieN84

    Answer by StefanieN84 at 10:50 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • I am also a vegetarian and my husband is not. What I do is I serve my kids what I cook, which is vegetarian. If my husband wants to give them meat that he has cooked, or buy them meat at restaurants he can do that.
    mybella81

    Answer by mybella81 at 11:09 PM on Jul. 15, 2009

  • What are his objections? Why wasn't this settled before you choose to have a child together?

    Here are some great links on chld nutrition:
    http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/teen_veg.pdf
    http://www.pcrm.org/news/release090402.html
    http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_infant_nutrition/complete_nutrition.html
    http://www.nutritionmd.org/nutrition_tips/nutrition_tips_infant_nutrition/index.html
    http://www.pcrm. org/health/ veginfo/vsk/ food_groups. html
    http://www.pcrm. org/health/ veginfo/vsk/ children. html
    I strongly recommend the book The China Study by T. Colin Campbell for your husband; it makes a strong nutritional argument for vegetarianism. you should be able to find it at your local library.

    Feel free to contact me offlist.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:00 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • i think it should be up to her when she is old enough. i am vegetarian of almost 10 years and my husband is not. i would never force being a vegetarian on my daughter. she eats meat and loves it. 5 years down the road if she tells me she doesnt like meat and doesnt want to eat it.. well thats her decision and ill stand behind her. but until then i would never take it away from her.
    emmalouwho

    Answer by emmalouwho at 12:08 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • Well I say compormize; I mean every other day rotate her food one day veggie and the other day meaty I would say let her make up her mind.My oldest prefered veggies and fruit ever since she was on solids once in a blue moon she will eat some meat but her DR. said as long as she gets all of her food groups its no big deal; my 3 year old use to anly like fruit and veggies also well know she will eat more meat but some days all she wants is fruit and or just veggies.
    Tdaycare6678

    Answer by Tdaycare6678 at 1:14 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • I think it's a decision that the child should make when they're old enough.
    pagirl71

    Answer by pagirl71 at 6:56 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

  • I think that you should let her try all kinds of food and let her decide for herself what she does not like when she's older. If she tries meat, and does not like it, fine. If she tries it and loves it, fine..
    Babe587

    Answer by Babe587 at 10:52 AM on Jul. 16, 2009

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