My oldest was eating table food practically the day he was born-cherry sauce from the cherries jubilee. My youngest is almost a year and only seems interested in whole grain cereals. We buy some jarred baby food (the ones called dinners that have meat in them) only because the doctor thought the extra protein would help him gain the necessary weight (he is very small for his age). Otherwise we give him a plate with fruits, vegetables and meat for him to try while we are eating.
Definitely no food wars here. I believe that breastmilk is their primary nutrition for the first year and that we introduce food for the experience only. Like I said, I waited until the readiness signs and desire was there. My oldest wanted food really soon. My second child was over 10 months old and walking before she was ready. And my youngest was a compromise between the two at around 7 or 8 months. And now that they are older, they all have very healthy attitudes about food. They like a variety, will try new things, and usually stop when they are full. Even if it's yummy dessert.
Wow! Your kids ate well. I do remember doing oatmeal (I happen to like it for breakfast) and sweet potatoes.
I wanted to comment on the "leave an appetite for nursing" comment. I feel like my babies never actually ATE food, they just tasted it and gummed it and put it in their mouths and swallowed some for the longest time. This didn't bother me in the least, but my mother was horrified. She spent a long time trying to forcefeed them because she seemed quite convinced that they *would* starve to death otherwise. I sort of knew this was coming (she wanted to start them on rice cereal at a few weeks of age) and we all got through this without major incident, but hopefully there are no 'food wars' going on in your house Caramiia.
We didn't do bread for a long time. My kids are 11, 9, and 3 now, but here are some of the things we did. For breakfast we did real oatmeal, not the fake stuff they market to babies, and I usually mixed it with some apple sauce. We also did organic yogurt. Stoneyfield has some good ones in baby portions. They are good for other times of the day too. Baked sweet potatoes are wonderful. You can bake one and your baby can eat off of it for days. Avocado is a super good food for babies. Get one that is soft. Banana is good. I sliced the banana and then cut the slices into quarters. An organic Cheerios type cereal is good for snacking. Green beans cooked until soft and then cut into little pieces. Green peas cooked until soft. Carrots steamed until soft. Look for a list of the fruits that are big allergens and try those last. Wait until there are enough teeth before doing grapes and always cut them in half. If you want to do meat (I personally waited until after the first birthday before doing meat) just make sure you cut it into really tiny pieces. They can handle it if they have the teeth to do so. Brown rice is great. Once they are old enough to eat eggs safely, scrambled egg is good.
I didn't like to puree all of the food for my babies. I think they did better dealing with the actual texture of the food. It taught them to enjoy a variety of textures and flavors. I usually chose foods at each meal that I was already serving. But if I was serving something they couldn't handle, then I had things like oatmeal, yogurt, avocado, etc. ready to use for the baby.
I also wanted my babies to rely on breastmilk primarily at least until the first birthday, so I didn't give them so much food that they didn't have the appetite to nurse. You also want to look for signs that they are ready for solid food before introducing it. They should be able to sit up unassisted. They should be past the tongue thrust stage. They should be interested in the food and trying to get it off of your plate. We get in such a hurry to feed babies "real food" that we force them into it too soon and I think it contributes to the allergies we see so often today. Uh oh...I've found myself on my soapbox. Sorry!
My girls are now 9 and 11 so baby food is just a distant memory, but my kids also ate what we were eating. I didn't put much of anything on the baby food - if you don't mind me 'getting on a soapbox' for a moment I wouldn't salt or add sugar to a baby's food. They'll learn about all that stuff soon enough (honestly, it's all fine until they go to school and see what other kids eat).
If you don't mind a little more advice, be careful with the bread (with everything, actually). I didn't know this until a kid nearly choked, but my kids were the type who put more and more food in their mouths but didn't swallow it. Next thing I knew I had a kid with a mouth packed with food (bread was really, really, bad this way) trying to put more in...a serious choking hazard). I learned to make sure I only gave them a little at a time.
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We eat healthy at our house. My LO (turned a year today) Eats whatever we are eating for dinner. Example: last night she had brown rice, black beans, corn, and an organic chicken nugget (allergy free).
I give her plain toasted bread or bread with all natural preserve on it.
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