This is a blog about nutrition and fitness. And, now, since I have FITbaby, her nutrition is extremely important to me. I had no idea that so much of what we feed our children is based on tradition versus research. In general, I’ve found that the statement “Infant research is in it’s infancy” is an accurate one! I think I found that quote here. And, that statement is so disappointing to me. Why isn’t more research on our babies?!
Anyway, when I started hearing discussions about “rice cereal” as my daughter’s first food, my first thought was to give her “brown rice cereal”…of course. But, then, I started doing more research and wondered…why rice cereal at all? Should her first food be cereal? Grains? Carbs? Is that adding any nutrition to her diet? Is iron fortification the best way to get iron into her diet? I have decided….I do not think so. [Regarding iron, the best source is MEAT!]
I made the following conclusions…for myself and my baby….after doing my research on baby nutrition:
- Breastmilk is the most important “food” for my baby until 6 months…really until 9 months, with some fun experimentation into food starting at 6 months.
- Rice cereal is empty carbs and not worth filling up my baby’s tummy and therefore taking the place of breastmilk.
- Spoon-feeding my baby is no fun for anyone!
- Baby-led weaning is tons of fun for everyone!
- The fact that my baby’s digestive system may not be ready for solids before 6 months was enough for me to wait until 6 months old.
So, we started last week [6 months old] and baby led weaning is a blast!!! We started with bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, broccoli, egg yolks etc. We’ve been steaming veggies that we cut into 2 inch pieces. She is having sooo much fun! We [FITori & FIThubby & FITdog Toby] are having sooo much fun! We are enjoying meal times as a family. We are all eating and enjoying our meals together. No one is taking turns spoon-feeding the baby and then eating our own meals. There is a ton of mess and oh what fun to make a mess! Toby is loving helping with clean up!
A few fun iPhone pics from last week…
If you’re interested in our research, we read and *followed* the advice in these three books.
I also found this FANTASTIC website recently that helps explain different foods for baby. It’s fabulous! I’m learning SO much about individual foods! Why didn’t I know this before?!
As always, tell me what you think, your research and what you did or are doing with your kiddos!