It's no secret that B and I are into food. Shortly after we found out I was pregnant, B started talking about feeding Peanut. We started reading that the fetus actually starts tasting foods thru the amniotic fluidd and well... it was all over from there.
B felt it was his duty to expose our developing child to every different type of food (that a pregnant woman can eat) that was humanly possible. Unfortunately in the third trimester I was put on a strict diet for gestational diabetes (and oddly enough my temporarily high cholesterol).
B decided that the only logical thing to do would be to make sure I eat my weights worth of Chinese vegetables. He spent the last several months
God Forbid we have a child who doesn't like Chinese food of any kind!
This continued on throughout my breastfeeding. If there was any way Peanut could be exposed to food, or flavors then we did it. I mean, it couldn't hurt.
Now we're entering the wonderful world of solids and I can tell you it's a milestone that we've been looking forward to for soooo long. After talking to our doctor and Peanut's interest in our eating habits we decided to go for it.
It seemed only natural that I prepare Peanut's food for him. I have the time and after tasting store bought foods I definitely had a preference for the fresh stuff.
I started researching months ago. Truth be told I started looking into it in the beginning of my pregnancy. As usual opinions on solids varies widely.
Some follow strict rules of when to start, in which order foods are given and following cultural norms. Others skip pureed food completely and use an approach called Baby Led Weaning. There are opinions are what types of foods to start babies on. The cultural tradition is rice cereal. Some think that starting babies on fruit will make it harder to introduce veggies as they will like fruit better. Others say that breastfed babies are already used to sweetness.
All I have to say is that I get it.
I get that babies really don't need to eat until 6 months. I get that although there may not be a scientific or nutritional reason to use rice cereal as a first food, that it is the cultural norm and an easy transition. I even get the baby led weaning and the concept of a child learning to chew and then swallow versus the traditional process of swallowing and then learning to chew.
The American Association of Pediatrics seems to have changed it's views on a lot of the cultural norms as far as feeding our babies. Over the years we've started feeding babies later and later. They've stated that it isn't necessary to start on cereal or withhold certain (possibly allergenic) foods until later or space out the exposure to those foods.
As with every other parenting decision thus far, we've thrown all these ideas in a hat and randomly chosen which we'll adopt. What to give him? Do we start meats now? Do we skip fruits in the beginning?
And the winner is.....
CHEESEBURGER! Why not just jump in with the good stuff, ya know?
No really, we're starting with sweet potato and growing from there. It's such an exciting time for us, so many new experiences. We can't wait to introduce him to the world of food in which we are so very passionate. We plan on doing whatever we can to interest him in a wide range of healthy foods.
So what are the chances that Peanut will be the pickiest eater ever?
Nevermind, don't tell me.
shoving them down my throat