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How You Feed Your Baby Solids Shouldn't Be a Matter of Life or Death

by Kristen Chase

Feeding Baby SolidsWhen my first baby was ready for solid foods, I remember obsessing over it like it was some sort of dire situation. I mean, eating is sort of an important thing, but the energy that people put into baby food is a little extreme.

Okay, a lot extreme.

I have tried every single method out there when it comes to feeding babies solids, and I will tell you that I really wish I had calmed down and just done what was easiest for me. 

I know, it sounds completely selfish to say that I'm feeding my infant based on what makes my life simpler, but you know, we moms factor into the equation of a healthy, happy baby.

And for me, that meant not making my own baby food.

Oh, I tried it, with the blender and the recipe books and all the tools people use to make the food and then freeze it for later. But it just didn't work for me.

Turns out, my baby didn't really like that crap anyway.

Truth be told, I'm not the greatest cook in the world, but I did my best to do the best for her. Or at least what I thought was the best.

I cannot tell you the amount of time and effort I went through to make her organic pureed bananas that she squarely spat right out at me.

After a few times and way too much money on all the gadgets, I bought the jarred stuff and she ate it right up like I was feeding her candy.

I realize there are lots of arguments about what's healthier and concerns that baby food in a jar might kill all the nutrients. But really, what are you doing when you're boiling the veggies and fruits on your stove and then mashing them up?

For me, the convenience and the time saved were of the utmost importance. I wasn't getting much sleep and I was working full-time. The time I spent making food, I could have used to actually enjoy time with my baby or just relax.

Yes, yes, I know new moms aren't supposed to be able to relax and enjoy themselves, but looking back now, four kids later, I really wish I had.

Like anything else involving raising babies, feeding is a choice you make. And if you love making your own baby food, then more power to you.

But if you're wondering if it's worth it, or if you're not sure what to do, take my advice. Try it if you like, but don't feel bad if it doesn't work, and worse, don't let anyone else make you feel like you're somehow less of a mom when you whip out a jar.

If I lined up my kids for you right now, you wouldn't be able to pick out who ate what when they were babies. And quite frankly, the fact that they're healthy and happy and I am too, well ... that's all that really matters.

What kind of solid foods did you feed your baby?

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Bmat
by Barb on Mar. 5, 2014 at 9:53 AM

For my first I followed his doctor's pronouncement and used commercial foods. For the second I followed what I felt to be right and made baby food using a hand cranked baby food mill. The babies were both fine. I agree with the article, do what you feel is best for your baby.

othermom
by Silver Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I fed store bought baby food. Starting with rice cereal, then oatmeal, then started veggies and fruits

Jenn8604
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM
I used store bought. I didn't have time to make food I worked midnights and went to school full time.
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by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

 I agree with this for the most part.  I think its fine to feed them store bought or homemade.  Some people skip purees all together and I think that's ok too.  I don't think there is any right or wrong as far as that goes.  Not a life or death choice.  What ever works best for the baby. 

I have to admit though when I read posts about people giving cereal to 2 month old babies I cringe.  Or when people give honey or Karo syrup to babies under 1 or peanut butter to children under two. 

nana776
by Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I did both. By the time my second and third came along, there was all the hype about the salt and sugars and lack of nutrients in jarred food so I started making my own. I was already canning alot of foods so it really wasn't that hard to do, for me. 

I will say that my oldest had issues with food colorings, dyes and preservatives. The dr has assured me that this is unrelated, but I still wonder....

Mommy2justone
by Mommy2justtwo on Mar. 5, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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My son has eaten very little by mouth. His esophogus wasn't connected to his stomach at birth so he has a Gtube. I lovingly prepare his food with a blender each morning. Everything that goes into it is organic and full of everything he needs for the day. I cannot feed my baby the normal way, so I do go to extremes when I can get him to eat. I feel that it's the least I can do for him. 

polkaspots
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 11:54 AM
My only issue is with people who don't have their best interests in mind. Like the ones who pour a bunch of cereal in their before bed bottle to make them sleep, or who spend an hour or more a day yelling at their kid to open their mouth and swallow the crap they don't need to begin with..
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Scribbleprints
by Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

I started my first kiddo on yogurt...plain yogurt, but the straight adult stuff, not any of that special baby type.  He loved it.   With my second and third I started with cereal  (the mushy kind).  I never even considered making my own.  I was already overwhelmed...who needs more work.    

waytomanykids10
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

 We go straight to table foods, no puree gunk. I wouldn't want to eat food all smashed up so I don't expect my kids to either. They all were eating table food by the time they were 8 months old.

Alicia_Griffin
by on Mar. 7, 2014 at 12:13 AM
I fed my kids the jar good right from the start! I never once tried to make my own baby food
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