I love all the tips in Feeding the Whole Family (seriously the best cookbook on earth!) for feeding babies and picky kids. What do you think about introducing peanuts? I've heard conflicting things, but most recently I read that the chances for allergy are much higher (10 times) if you wait to introduce them until after a year. My baby's about ten and a half months, and I'm wondering if I should try a little peanut butter before he turns one. Any opinion?
April 18, 2009, 2:29 pm
Hi Abby, I don't think avoiding allergies is a good reason to give a baby food. Research is inconclusive and mostly anecdotal on this. If you do not have any nut allergy history in your family, it is safe to try some peanut butter at one year of age. Stick to that. Good to remember that it is not easy to swallow and you might wait longer for that reason. Give baby small tastes of peanut butter is if it is a food that you and your family normally enjoys and you want to give them a taste. Of course, you'll want to choose organic peanut butter with no fillers. Thank you for the kind comments about my book. I really appreciate it.
April 19, 2009, 7:56 am
I have a 15month old baby who still likes to have some purees along with some solid foods. I try to give him a little of what we eat at every meal (like you suggest in your book) but he really doesn't care for any meats or tofu. My mother is concerned about his protein...should I be too? Maybe I'm not presenting it in the right way. It was easy enough to get him from the breast to purees, but how do I get him from purees to more solid foods? Any suggestions? (BTW he does eat eggs and I still nurse him)p.s i love your book!
April 20, 2009, 2:38 pm
Hi Amy, Breastmilk and eggs will give your baby ample protein. Whole grains like brown rice cereal and oatmeal have a little protein value too. Fifteen months is young. As long as he is growing and healthy I would suggest taking a deep breath and letting him enjoy the softer food for now. Also, keep edging toward table food and away from jarred purees so that the familiar taste is what the family eats - not separate food.
April 20, 2009, 3:27 pm
I just wanted to say too, Amy, my daughter is 15 months and has ALWAYS loved quinoa. That is high in protein.
April 21, 2009, 7:38 pm
(Start with a consistency that is similar to thick milk or thin cereal. Mix the food with a little breast milk or formula. This will give your baby a familiar taste.) This step is actually completely unnecessary. It's based on an idea that we have to 'trick' babies into liking new foods, that otherwise they wouldn't naturally want anything other than mom's milk... ever! In fact, when babies are ready for solid foods, they're ready and EAGER for real, *solid*, tasty and textured food. No need for purees or masking the taste with milk. The notion also comes from the days when we'd feed our babies 'solids' way too early (like, 3 months... or 3 weeks), and when they're not actually ready then yes you would have to trick them. But around 6mo, they are ready for real food and eager to explore taste and textures. Our current ideas on how best to start baby on solids are based on outdated methods and schedules that were never adapted for the older baby! Read about baby-led solids, any of Gill Rapley's information is invaluable. (If your child is labeled underweight, a health-care practitioner or a relative may encourage you to start with cereals.) Of course, this is just silly. Breastmilk contains more fat, nutrients, and calories than ANY 'solid' food. Once baby starts solids, they will be taking in less breastmilk (less room in their tummies) and consuming fewer calories (on the same amount of food). Of course the amount of food+milk they consume will increase as they get older, but REPLACING breastmilk with any solids in hopes of weight gain is counterproductive. And cereals are the worst of all -- especially the boxed ones... they're basically just cardboard. The only nutrition in them would come from the milk you mix them with...
February 11, 2011, 3:41 pm
Thank you Cynthia. My 6 month old has only been on solids for about a month, and my pediatrician is concerned that we haven't introduced meats yet. She thinks he probably won't feel satiated with single foods alone. Our son has tried many of your top 10 foods, including the yogurt, egg yolk, and avocado (and we mix, too)... soo, I guess I'm just looking for a confirmation that meat isn't necessary at this point yet. He's still nursing plenty and I assume he's getting enough from my breast milk. On a side note, I'll be starting the MSN/DPD track this fall at Bastyr and am hoping I'll have you for Whole Foods Production! I love your website and book and am looking forward to meeting you! Thanks again!
June 2, 2011, 11:58 am
Hi Erin. What do YOU think? Is your baby thriving? Don't try to fix something that isn't broken. Sounds like you are doing all the right things.
June 2, 2011, 1:18 pm
Could you please discuss an appropriate age to begin feeding solids? Is it around 6 months? Thank you.
August 18, 2013, 7:08 pm