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The Whole New World of Table Foods! Yay!

After 3 months of introducing a bunch of new foods that started at 6 months with the ever-plugging iron-fortified cereals (both rice and oatmeal were not fun additions) and then moved onto a variety of interesting smelling organic substances they call baby food, my 9 month old daughter is eating a good deal of real table foods I can recognize. And she’s loving them! (Complete with jubilant kicks when seeing the foods come to her at her high chair).

We started with simple foods like YoBaby – an organic yogurt from Stonyfield Farm that probably has too much sugar, but is conveniently packaged in great small and easy to use cartons. (As I mentioned before, the environment is less of an issue for me these days than it should be as I can barely sleep, but we are recycling bottles and cartons as much as possible, I promise). YoBaby has the hormone free milk and great flavors like pear, sweet potato, raspberry, strawberry, etc.

Then, we incorporated foods that she has enjoyed in the organic baby foods. I’m trying to keep her in organic foods when it comes to foods without protective skins — e.g. strawberries, raspberries, milk — because of all of the weird chemicals that have affected the growth of girls, especially. We incorporated organic cheeses and no hormone injected chicken (not organic per se, but the chickens were free range and not given hormones). We also gave her some skinned grapes. She loved them.

We’re moving onto vegetables that aren’t from a jar too. Transitioning from jarred organic sweet potatoes to steamed sweet potatoes, for instance. Steaming carrots is also a first step into table foods for her. She loves them. Now that she is 9 months –with 2 fully-in teeth on the bottom and 4 teeth coming in on the top — she is able to chew/suck in a pretty good way. Nothing too hard to chew, but lumpy works great for her. They call this “Stage 3” in the marketing of baby food. My pediatrician said that this is the time table foods are better, so I’m transitioning her off of the jarred baby foods with “Stage 3” organic offerings that are easy to prepare, but making my own foods more often.

It’s pretty cool how easy eating has come to her. Given our family history with loving food on both sides, I wouldn’t expect anything less. The jubilant kicks upon seeing foods like cheese – however – are really making this table food thing fun!

Our pediatrician also recommended we incorporate food items that most kids later dislike –such as salmon– to ensure she is introduced to them early may mean she will keep on eating them when white foods become more of a mantra. (We all know those kids who only eat “white foods” such as white bread, french fries and macaroni). We are stuck in the suburbs where good fish is hard to come by, but I am looking hard for fresh and farmed salmon. Considering a drive into the City for some great fish monger fish. I am also checking the fish watch web sites to make sure the fish I choose isn’t on those high mercury lists.  I also want her to eat good things like avocados with omega-3 and other great unsaturated fats that her body will love as her skin and hair continue to grow.

It feels like I’m starting a painting and need to get the right paints to make sure the finished picture is a good one. I want her body to grow well, but also want to make an exploration of good food. Eating great nutritional food can be a fun thing. Food is a window to learning new cultures and also nutritionally an important thing to become a strong and healthy person. Food has always been an adventure for her daddy and me (sometimes too much of one), so I want her to feel the same way. It’s a big deal!

Again, my mantra about organic foods for her is to buy items without skins as organic, but safely purchase non-organic fruits and vegetables with skins from my local market who I trust. I literally go to a local market who buys from local farmers wherever possible for our family’s produce with or without skin. I’m trying not to be crazy about it. Practical because the costs of organic produce is out of sight, and frankly any practical nutritionist will agree that protective skin fruits and vegetables (oranges, bananas, etc) are safe. It’s the thin skins that you eat or could eat such as carrots, zucchinis, apples that investing in organic could be beneficial.

The cool benefit of eating table foods now is that the lovely digestive issues that started when she transitioned from solely drinking infant formula to cereals has gone away. She is also one happy camper because the girl loves her food!!!

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April 9, 2010 Posted by | marketing to new moms, New Moms | , , , , | Leave a comment

She Got Sick!

It finally happened. The dreaded call at the most inopportune time. Up against deadline for a project, day care called. She’s got a 102.8 Fahrenheit temp. She’s cranky. She’s not her happy self. We have to go and pick her up.

Luckily, my husband’s day was lighter than mine. He picked her up. The scare of my daughter being ill was mixed in with guilt in the fact that my reaction was “Oh *@@*, I have a deadline.”  I realized that I had suddenly become what I dreaded. The mom who doesn’t appreciate all it takes to be a good mom, so I realized that the deadline will get done and my daughter needs me.

It took some loving as I held her in my arms, feeling her hot head against my chest. It also took a series of doctor’s remedies including a warm bath (I highly recommend this action before anything else to get a fever down), a dose of both infant Tylenol (I love the Target generic brand as it’s $2.34 versus the $7.99 or sometimes $9 price tag for Tylenol) and infant Motrin (also a Target generic brand was used as the price was $3.54 versus $8 for Motrin). For some reason, the pediatric nurse practicioner recommended giving her both to get the fever down. It worked!  I personally believe the TLC and warm bath was the most successful.

The pediatric NP said that my daughter (who is now 9 months and a puny little 16 pounds) can take about a dropper and a half of the generic infant Tylenol ever four hours and about 4 cc of the infant Motrin every six hours. My daughter didn’t need more than one dose of the mixture, and another two doses of infant Tylenol. The warm bath really got her fever down and restored her to her happy self after a nice long sleep.

Of course, my deadline was made. My husband — whom I appreciate more and more every day — shared in the caretaking we had to do the following 24 hours when she wasn’t in daycare, but back to her happy, exploring and mobile baby self. She was crawling all over the house as if she never had a fever within 12 hours of the 3 p.m. call we received from daycare the day previous.

My advice to any new mom with a sick baby home from day care — give her a warm bath and generic infant Tylenol before even calling your pediatrician. The bath was magical!

April 4, 2010 Posted by | marketing to new moms, New Moms | , , , | Leave a comment