Saturday, May 12, 2012

Baby loves yams!

Do you know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? I didn't even know there was a difference until a year or so ago, and I still have a hard time remembering which is which. This is a long way of saying that I thought I was giving my baby girl a sweet potato last week, but it turns out she was actually eating a yam. No worries, though, because she loved it!

The Paleo Baby is digging her lunch!

This weekend, she'll be eating a genuine sweet potato. Along with carrots and beef.

I'm having a ball introducing her to solid food. It is so messy, yet so entertaining. As soon as I set her in her high chair she squeals with delight, and when she sees the spoon she sticks out her tongue and starts craning her neck. Adorable. 

I was somewhat nervous about the whole food introduction thing, mainly because breastfeeding is so convenient! I wondered how I was going to find time to make baby food when I can't even seem to find time to make decent meals for Carl and myself these days. But, in my very limited experience, I am finding that the food-making process is enjoyable. When I am chopping and blending, I feel very much at peace. Something about the act of preparing food for my baby and providing her with nourishment in this way feels very satisfying and, in a strange way, similar to the the warm feeling that comes with breastfeeding.

I'm not following a specific method of food introduction. I have books that provide sample menus and feeding plans, but they don't really appeal to me. I feed on demand and that works well for our family and right now I see no reason to start giving her breakfast, lunch and dinner on a schedule (with that said, she does seem to get hungry within fairly consistent time frames). I'm just winging it, and as long as she is content and thriving I'll continue to do so. My feeling is that feeding a baby doesn't need to be complex or rigid, and for the sake of my own sanity I'm going to keep it casual.

4 comments:

  1. I have a 6 month old baby, and I'm about to introduce solids. I eat 100% Paleo, and he's been exclusively breast fed, I feel the same way about introducing foods, breast-feeding is so easy and convenient! This seems to be one of the only blogs/Facebook pages I could find about feeding babies Paleo foods. It's really exciting to read this! Thank you for writing about it. I'm new into Paleo(3 months) and still learning! I'm exciting to follow your blog. I'm not sure how often I should feed him solids, what foods did you start with? How often did you feed your baby each day?

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    1. Hi Christina -- Thank you for reading! I am still kind of easing in to feeding her solids. She is 8 months old now, and her primary source of nutrition is still breastmilk. I feed her solids about twice a day (sometimes more, sometimes less). I started with sweet potatoes and carrots.

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  2. Hello! My kiddo turned 1 at the end of January. She's actually the reason my family went Paleo. I wanted to feed her good, natural food. She loves sweet potatoes! And when she got bigger, she fell in love with frozen peas and blueberries. My kiddo loves vegetables and picks out all the green things in her food FIRST! It's awesome to have a Paleo kid that loves good healthy food! Anyway, we live in Hillsboro so I thought I'd give you a shout and say hi!

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    1. Hi Sterling -- That is so cool that your daughter loves veggies. Thanks for saying hi. It is nice to hear from another Hillsboro mom!

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