The Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby Real Food

8 Mar

The Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby Real Food |

Starting baby on their first foods is exciting, but admittedly, it’s a bit stressful. You don’t know how they will react to new foods. Will they be allergic to the food? Will it upset their digestion? I remember wanting to sit in an emergency room parking lot the first couple of times we gave peanut butter to Lyla! Just in case. You might be wondering if you have all of the tools you’ll need to make homemade baby food and how do you even transition to that point?

There is so much to think about when it comes to feeding your baby: how to deal with picky eaters, finding healthy baby food recipes, and even figuring out the high chair situation. When we went through this with Lyla, I remember being asked a lot, “what recipes do you use to make baby food?” None really. While there is one recipe posted below (for a more advanced eater), whole foods are the perfect choice for first foods, even after you’ve passed the “first foods” stage. Teaching your child to understand the flavor of singular foods is important. Masking the taste of a veggie in a fruity blend may set you up for a picky eater later on. Children should know what an egg yolk, avocado, and beef tastes like.

Below are some of my favorite posts on anything related to feeding baby from some real food bloggers I love. Plus a few of our own.

7 Ways to Inspire Adventurous and Healthy Eaters

Baby Led Weaning

Grain-free Oatmeal Recipe

We Stopped Using a Highchair

5 Children’s Books for Raising a Foodie

Baby Food Making Mama

Healthy Eco-friendly Baby Food

Make Your Own Homemade Baby Food

Why Your Baby Should Not Eat Cereal!

Why Start Solids at 4 to 6 Months

Moms – what did you feed your babes for first foods?

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2 Responses to “The Best Tips for Feeding Your Baby Real Food”

  1. Jane Smith April 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    D. Smith, please don’t make blanket statements encouraging parents not to vaccinate. Please don’t repeat scientifically unfounded myths about peanut butter.
    It’s hard enough for young parents without someone gumming the works with false information. Just because something sounds like an aha! moment doesn’t mean it is. If peanut oil were in fact the agent used, that would be so much safer than the mercury you say is there which isn’t, so all children could be tested for peanut allergy, then if they didn’t have it they could be vaccinated. See, that argument works against you anyway. Yeah, I skipped the well child visits, partly because with five children it was hard to get them all well at the same time, partly because it was just too hard and partly because if they were well, I didn’t want them catching something in the waiting room. We should all avoid doctor’s offices and hospitals because sick people are there. But here’s a clue: they aren’t out to make us sick. They want to help us get well using every means they have at their disposal. So we should feed our families as well as we can, feed them real foods in rainbow colors. But don’t repeat stupid fake science just because it makes you sound like a better parent. And find your research somewhere other than fringe blogs.

  2. D. Smith March 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    If your child was not vaccinated, you won’t need to worry much about a peanut reaction. Peanut oil is used as an adjuvant (amongst many other strange things used) in almost all vaccines. This, in turn, causes allergies for some kiddo’s. Another good reason to turn down well baby visits and stay away from pediatricians.

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