(Closed) Baby’s first food – any low-carbers/ paleos/ primals in the hive?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I fed my babies grains at 4 months rice cerel is easier to digest thats why doctors suggest you start them on that opposed to veggies.  I would speak to your pediatrician or doctor before putting your baby on a fad diet.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sorry your article does not look to be the most credible.  I am just suggesting to speak to a doctor before fashioning your child diet after an internet article.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Katnisseverdeen:  Do you know what the AAP is? It’s who advises pediatricians. I hardly think a quote from someone from the commitee is not a credible source. 

To answer the question, I started my son off with exactly what you’re thinking: avocados & sweet potatoes. I think I did bananas next (I don’t know if you eat bananas, I give them to my son occasionally because he has a healthy metabolism and we eat a very low sugar diet overall, even though I don’t eat them myself). After a few weeks, I just transitioned him to eating a vegetable I was eating with dinner (mashed up). I introduced meat slightly earlier than “recommended”, but he did very well with mashed up meats as well.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@abbyful:  When you go ‘against the grain’ (pun intended), you will get a lot of hesitation from people that go the traditional route.  I know this because I’m a veggie (healthy!).  I share the same feelings as you do regarding first foods and would really want to go the avocado route.  We also would like to make our own baby food (which would be easy because I can just mash up the unseasoned veggie’s I’m having). We are far from having a baby… but I have the same ideas. Would we discuss this with our pediatrician first? Absolutely.  And, we would choose one carefully.

Would love to hear what others have to say.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

 I have 2 children 5 and 7(am not implying I am an expert) They were both fed grains then veggies mixed with the grains then just veggies and grains just for breakfast. They were both fed solids around 8 months.  One perfers grains and meats he likes vegetables but would not choose veggies or fruit as a snack.  My youngest loves fruits and veggies he chooses them over junk food he is not big on meat or grains.  

 There will always be new studies and in 5 years someone will probably come out with a new study on what to fed your baby.  Do what you feel is right for your child and what works best for you.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The above links are all from the AAP website

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Katnisseverdeen:  I’m confused about the articles you posted. The first compares iron fortified to non fortified cereal. It doesn’t even look at how babies fare without cereal. The second doesn’t encourage consumption of grains as a first food. The third one specifically states For most babies it does not matter what the first solid foods are. By tradition, single-grain cereals are usually introduced first. However, there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby.”

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@abbyful:  

I have been reading a lot too on this subject and I’m leaning towards foregoing rice cereal as well. I haven’t made a absolute decision yet because my husband and I haven’t talked about it in depth yet.

Besides the research you already listed I’m just not a fan of eating “premade” food from boxes anyways. My husband and I haven’t done it since our college days almost 7 years ago so why would I feed my child that?

In my culture (Chinese) even when my nieces and nephews were fed “rice cereal” as a first food it was more congee cooked with chicken broth (homemade as in straight up chicken simmered for ours with no bouillon cubes or anything). So at least there’s nutritional value from the chicken broth.

How does your husband stand on the subject? In my opinion as long as you’re making an informed educated decision under the supervision of a pediatrician mom & dad trust then the only opinion that matters is you two.

And even with pediatricians many will have differing opinions. So it’s important to find one that’s on the same wavelength as you. And one that’s up to date on new research and continually educates themselves and not just rely on their schooling from X years ago. (this portion is a side note, not directed at OP. Since I know she’s a researcher researcher like me! haha)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am not pro grain I am just posting some articles that look helpful with the topic of what to feed your babies/ children and tips to get them eating better and healty choices not everything has to be an arguement.  I am not defending my opinon.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Katnisseverdeen:  Dude seriously why are you causing all this drama? It’s not like OP is saying either way is better, she just wants experience from anyone who has tried doing veggies first instead of grain. And I’m sick of paleo being a “fad” diet. Umm, actually its called eating healthy! And it’s been around forever! So chill out.

OP, I think anytime you do something a little different, you’re going to get flak for it. For some reason everyone thinks that they’re the only person who knows how to take care of babies. There is plenty of research out there to show that veggies first is a very healthy way to start off your baby. I am planning on doing the same. All organic, fresh, clean foods! Our bodies are so messed up nowadays from all the processed preserved foods we eat. My sister actually did veggies with her first kid and rice cereal with her second since he wouldnt eat anything else and they both turned out great! Crazy lol 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I am not going to be popular and I understand that.  My son is Dairy and Soy intollerant so we have both been off of that since he was 3 months old.  I did a strict paleo diet at that time to try and get his system cleaned out.  I unfortunately have issues with food and wasn’t able to continue and feed him. 

We did NOT start with any grains at all.  In fact he hadn’t had grains until 9 months old when our gastro had us give him wheat to test for celiacs.  We started with avocado and sweet potatoes for his food.  We also did babyled weaning so he had what we had.  He is 10 months old and never had cereal, iron fortified formula or iron supplements.  He has no problem with iron intake.  We did start him on turkey, chicken and bacon after he had the idea of food down.  He LOVED it.  He is currently a baconator and it is adorable watching him eat bacon.

As long as your child is getting all of the nutrients, it doesn’t matter how.  Rice and oats are not infallable.  There are many kids who are allergic to them.  Babies survived  without iron fortified and premade stuff forever.  Just make sure that they are getting the appropriate liquid calories.  Until they are 1 year old all they need is breast milk or formula anyways.  Food is a learning experience.  You can’t tell me they are “digesting” the food when there are huge lumps of undigested peas, apples etc.

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