New baby food rules! I'm excited about these rules given my daughter Ava just started solids two weeks ago.
First off plastics. You knew I was going to go there. Last time around I used the Beaba Babycook but this time I just can't. Knowing what we know now about heating plastics, I can't in good conscience steam my baby's food in plastic. I've been using my glass blender instead although I'm considering a food mill as my next purchase.
Now to more fun topics. I can't use plastics but here is what we can do now! This month's Parenting Magazine has a great summary of the new "rules" written by pediatrician Alan Greene. Baby Center also has a pretty good article here but I will sum up:
- Skip the rice cereal. Pediatricians say that sticking with bland foods can create a picky eater. They recommend whole grains and foods with spice, sourness, sweetness, and more. They say to go ahead with bold flavors. It will help your baby get used to a wider palate of foods. We occasionally use brown rice cereal and whole grain cereal from Happy Belly but I mix it with fruits and vegetables.
- No need to wait so long between every new food. The old rule was to wait three to five days to introduce a new food. No need! Dr. Greene says that "introducing new foods rapidly leads to more adventurous, happy eaters."
- Danger foods no longer so dangerous. Dr. Greene says that there is no reason to delay foods we once thought were risky such as egg, fish, nuts, etc. Research shows that delaying these foods too long could cause allergies, not prevent them. I was pretty adventurous with my son, giving him egg and peanut butter before the recommended age. Now I don't feel bad about it! Not that I ever did. I'm reckless like that!
So game on! I'm fixin' to get crazy with my blender this holiday season!
Although my brood is crazy enough, don't you think?