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I am a first-time parent. This makes me both naive and gullible. Before my baby starting eating solid foods, I was totally confident that I could make his food for him. But then I started reading up on it, and I got confused. Take peanuts, for instance: Are you supposed to wait until he’s 5 years old to introduce them in order to prevent allergies, or do you introduce them at 6 months to prevent allergies? Would I be able to make food myself that wouldn’t be a choking hazard? What about this notion that you’ve got to introduce one food at a time — does that mean he gets nothing to eat but sweet potatoes for a week?
Then I was in the grocery store, and I had an epiphany. My son loves oatmeal mixed with applesauce, and I happened to notice that the gigantic jars of applesauce were on sale. I checked the ingredients: apples and water. I checked the ingredients on the baby food jar of applesauce: apples and water. The big jar was $2.19; the tiny baby food jar was $1.15.
I am being ripped off.
So I have decided not to buy any more baby food. Yes, it is convenient, but I simply don’t like the feeling that I am being taken advantage of. My son is now eating scrambled egg yolk, toast, cooked pasta, shredded cheese, roasted sweet potato rounds with olive oil and herbs, and cooked apple slices with cinnamon, among other things. Babies are little humans, and as long as I attend to choking hazards, I think he’ll be fine eating the same foods I like.
One thing I have learned, much to my chagrin, is that we don’t eat enough vegetables around here. When I am making dinner in a hurry, I am used to skipping the vegetable side or trying to make one-pot meals that incorporate veggies. So I need to get in the habit of cooking more vegetables, particularly on the weekends, and freezing them, or just buying frozen veggies. Then I can defrost them and run them through the food mill, if necessary, before giving them to baby throughout the week.
At least I never shelled out for “gourmet” baby food.
Here is some more commonsense baby-feeding advice from Parenting Squad.
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