Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Rice cereal as a bedtime snack? Not for Pebbles.
Lately, it seems like everywhere I turn people are suggesting that I give my baby rice cereal as a bedtime snack. The rice cereal, they say, will help her sleep a solid 12 hours without waking up.
This is not an option for us. Pebbles (by the way, in case you missed it on Facebook, Pebbles is my baby's new blog nickname) does not and will not eat rice cereal. I consider it junk food. She's a paleo baby, so she eats no grains whatsoever. She eats meat, vegetables and fruit. She's super healthy and super happy. There are plenty of other healthy and happy paleo babies out there, too. Some sleep through the night; some do not. None eat rice cereal.
I know the moms offering advice just want to help, and I'm sure many of them empathize with my lack-of-sleep situation. But I'm starting to get a bit stressed over the frequency in which the suggestion comes up. Especially because I just don't know how to respond.
Do I just say "thank you for the advice" and leave it at that? I like this idea in a way, because it allows me to avoid having to explain it all to someone who may or may not be interested. Then again, why should I actively avoid the discussion? I mean, I know why. It is because people get offended very easily. If I share my feelings about processed baby cereal, some moms will be insulted because they gave their babies rice cereal. They'll feel like I am criticizing their choices, accusing them of loading their babies up on junk food. I don't want anyone to get that impression. Paleo or not, I firmly believe that almost every mother out there wants to give her children the best nutrition possible (some just have different ideas about what that means and/or different available resources). Inevitably, though, I run the risk of offending someone. The irony is people seem to have no qualms about trying to persuade me to abandon my principles for the sake of my own sleep (a couple of moms have actively tried to talk me into giving her rice cereal or other grains). Double standard?
So far, I've just been explaining (briefly) that she doesn't eat grains. I get a lot of blank stares. I guess I feel a bit ... stuck. Avoiding the subject seems like a cop out, but I also don't know that engaging people in a discussion about it is all that beneficial to anyone involved.
I'm sure I'm not the only mom who has encountered this scenario. How would you respond?