A handmaid of the Lord

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. These are the thoughts and experiences of my journey toward being a handmaid with Mary as my example.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Thoughts on Baby Food

I know that Gabrielle is more than ready to start on solid food, since she is approaching 7 months old. I feel really conflicted though about whether I should make my own baby food or not. On one hand, I worry that I'll do something wrong in the process and potentially harm her, but on the other, jarred baby food kind of grosses me out. I must clairify though, that the beginning baby food in a jar doesn't gross me out. It's really once you get to the stage 3-ish and it includes meats. The color is so unnatural, that I question its nutritional benefits for my baby! With Felicity, I started baby food at about 4 months, mostly because I was excited and she was my first baby. This time, I know that the baby food stage is NO FUN (in my opinion) and so I have been putting it off. Gabrielle is ready now though, and so I need to get started. Maybe I'll start with jarred stuff and by the time she's ready for meats she'll be old enough to have little pieces of solids and I won't have to do that jarred baby food meat that grosses me out...

The *other* issue is that with solid food comes returned fertility. *Note to self* Call NFP instructor


At 6/01/2006 5:03 AM, Blogger Jennie C. said...

I haven't used baby food since my poor oldest was a baby. It is, after all, just food. Your baby is seven months old and can probably chew and swallow. You probably don't need the mush in jars. What I do (and my kids start around four months, just tasting, mostly, but it's their idea) is always cook something mushable for dinner: carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes. I tried making and freezing larger batches of baby food, but it was pretty annoying. In a pinch, grab a banana. I also picked up a small chopper, whih is like a miniature food processor. Once they are doing well, I just throw a little of whatever we're having in there, grind it up (it comes out lumpy), add a little milk or sauce, and it's dinner time.

On the issue of NFP, (I've posted on this before) I recommend the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility". It is secular, so recommends barrier methods during your fertile days, but everything else is sound and the author is genuinely awed and excited by the workings of the female body. The Natural Family Planning text pushed by Catholics has good information, but their tone is decidedly bossy and self-righteous. I read it years before I started charting, and that tone held me back. I'm not one to be pushed around. "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" is also self instructing, while "Natural Family Planning" almost requires an instructor to help you make sense of it. Bottom line is the information is the same in both texts, but "Taking Charge..." presents it in a friendly and more useful manner.

At 6/01/2006 2:35 PM, Anonymous Bridget said...

Lily started solids at about 7 months and this time I skipped the cereal and made my own. I purreed carrots, green beans, etc and froze it in ice cube trays. I opened maybe one or two jars of food this time. Lily, though, wanted nothing to do with the mushy stuff so I held off for a little bit until she was ready to pick up food and feed herself. Now she gets little bits of what we're eating, but usually only at dinner. Otherwise, she'll snack on cheerios but she's still getting breastmilk 85-90% of the time. I have not gotten my period yet at 9.5 months and I don't think I will until she starts sleeping through the night more and doesn't nurse as much during the night. Good luck!

At 6/04/2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

You really can't harm your baby if you use real food and make it small enough for her to eat. Just avoid honey for the first 12 months. I also avoid foods that seem to be common allergans for children for 12 months: peanuts and shellfish. Other than that, just mash up whatever your family is having.

I use stage 1 and 2 foods in jars, too. I never buy stage 3, because it's table food.


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