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So I get WIC and they give me TONS of baby food jars.....of course it isn't the nice organic kind, just beech nut or gerber. Is it bad for my baby? I had planned on making most if my baby food and then of I wanted something easy I was going to buy the organic stuff in the squeezey pouches. I feel like I should use what WIC gives me but at the same time if it isn't good I will just not use those checks or donate the jars and pay for the good stuff.
What would you do?
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM
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Mrs.Salz
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Bummer, when we were on WIC we were able to get the store brand organic (when it wasn't sold out).

I donated most of it to our local food pantry.

Mrs.Salz
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I also took some of the fruits and mixed them with breastmilk to make popsicles :)

2forKaty
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM
Oooo maybe Meijer has a store brand organic!!!! I will definatley be looking for that!

Quoting Mrs.Salz:

Bummer, when we were on WIC we were able to get the store brand organic (when it wasn't sold out).

I donated most of it to our local food pantry.

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Lynette
by Bronze Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I don't do purees.  No cereal either.  I delay solids till 9mo.  Then we do occasional finger food or mashed things.  Avocados, peas, black beans, cooked carrots etc.  Here is a link on the breastfeed baby and solids http://kellymom.com/category/nutrition/starting-solids/

2forKaty
by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 6:17 PM
Thanks! I didn't start any purees until 8 months and then it was homemade from fresh I greedy ants and not often. Now I offer some if her foods and some purees but no more than once a day for purees. Black beans are my next plan for finger foods. Do you do dried or canned? And do you just hear them up on the stove?

Quoting Lynette:

I don't do purees.  No cereal either.  I delay solids till 9mo.  Then we do occasional finger food or mashed things.  Avocados, peas, black beans, cooked carrots etc.  Here is a link on the breastfeed baby and solids http://kellymom.com/category/nutrition/starting-solids/

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sreichelt26
by Bronze Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:33 PM

That was one of the things that bothered me about WIC, especially because we did baby led solids. We ended up not qualifying anyway, but if we did, I would have donated all the jarred food.

catholicmamamia
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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This, except my little ones began solids around twelve months. I would not even bother with wic.. just let baby eat what the family eats, look into baby led solids. 

Quoting Lynette: I don't do purees.  No cereal either.  I delay solids till 9mo.  Then we do occasional finger food or mashed things.  Avocados, peas, black beans, cooked carrots etc.  Here is a link on the breastfeed baby and solids http://kellymom.com/category/nutrition/starting-solids/

 


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Lynette
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 2:48 AM


I have done both but prefer to make them from dry to avoid B P A cans and any added salt.  Here is a handy way to have can convince without the cans http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/cooking-dried-beans-in-crockpot.html?m=1.  I heat them up a bit on the stove.

Quoting 2forKaty:

Thanks! I didn't start any purees until 8 months and then it was homemade from fresh I greedy ants and not often. Now I offer some if her foods and some purees but no more than once a day for purees. Black beans are my next plan for finger foods. Do you do dried or canned? And do you just hear them up on the stove?

Quoting Lynette:

I don't do purees.  No cereal either.  I delay solids till 9mo.  Then we do occasional finger food or mashed things.  Avocados, peas, black beans, cooked carrots etc.  Here is a link on the breastfeed baby and solids http://kellymom.com/category/nutrition/starting-solids/



Lynette
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 2:52 AM


Yep I'm not real consistent before 12mo.  The 9mo is the earliest i will offer anything.  It's more a sensory experience with fingers and mess than eating.

Quoting catholicmamamia:

This, except my little ones began solids around twelve months. I would not even bother with wic.. just let baby eat what the family eats, look into baby led solids. 

Quoting Lynette: I don't do purees.  No cereal either.  I delay solids till 9mo.  Then we do occasional finger food or mashed things.  Avocados, peas, black beans, cooked carrots etc.  Here is a link on the breastfeed baby and solids http://kellymom.com/category/nutrition/starting-solids/

 



haleykj
by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 4:11 AM
I still give the pouches to my 16 month old. They r treats for her tho like cady or something. They taste like candy I LOVE them. I made my own food and that was great. Especially bc I eat like shit so I didn't want to jut give her what I was eating.


Quoting 2forKaty:

I just like the pouches because they have the coolest flavors lol. I squeeze them into a bowl and spoon it in haha. I just feel like I should use the WIC stuff if I'm going to do purees because its free but if it is harmful health wise then I don't want to do it kwim?



Quoting larissalarie:

It's not "bad" for your baby, and organic stuff in pouches really wouldn't be any better (actually I think teaching baby to drink their solids is even worse), it's all processed and packaged so it can sit on a shelf and not spoil for years.


What I would do (and have!) is just feed my baby whatever I'm eating, there's never a need for purees if baby is really old enough for solids :-)

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