Thursday, February 10, 2011

Baby Food

As a mom, you'll find that pretty much everyone has different advice, suggestions, and recommendations involving absolutely anything to do with baby. Even the professionals, like your pediatrician and research doctors that you read have different views on all matters concerning baby.
As a mom, it's your job to do your research, ask the professionals, consult your friends, scour the web and then process it all and make the best decisions for you, your baby, and your family.

Right now, I'm talking baby food.

The current consensus is that babies can start on baby food at 4 months, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting til 6 months. The AAP also recommends starting with rice cereal, and then working through veggies, one at a time, followed by fruits one at a time.

Anyway, my little Isabelle will be 6 months old at the end of the month and we've decided to start exposing her to food other than the delicious milk manufactured by mom :)

A few weeks ago, we tried rice cereal a few times, and each time, little miss wanted NOTHING. to. do. with. it.

Hmm. In my mind, introducing food was going to go over perfectly. Hmm.

Luckily, this week we decided to give oatmeal a try.
For some reason, even though I do not feed myself, or any other member's of my family an all organic diet, I feel very strongly that Isabelle MUST. have. organic. I have no idea why. I have no plans to feed her organic for all of her life, so why I feel the need to as an infant, I don't know. But I do.

Anyway, success! She liked her oatmeal :)
First feeding!

And the next day, ready to handle the spoon herself :) 
sassy!

In the past few months, I was busy in the kitchen preparing all kinds of baby food for Isabelle to eat. I made peas, carrots, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potato, and apples. I'm also planning on giving her bananas and avocado, but those don't need prepped ahead of time. 
While I'm very happy that I was able to make a lot of her food (so much cheaper, plus it makes me feel so domestic!) I still feel there's some things I need to supplement with prepared baby food. 

Enter Happy Baby
I read and research way too much. And in doing so, read lots of good things about Happy Baby baby food. Everything I read indicated that they are a great company and make a great product for babies. Their products are all organic and all natural. The closest thing (and perhaps even better than) to homemade.
So now we have our own little stack of Happy Baby food, which includes oatmeal, mango, several mixed dishes (like beets+grains), and puffs (for when Isabelle is older).

In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I did purchase some of the Happy Baby products myself, but was provided with one canister of Happy Bellies baby cereal, two pouches Happy Baby baby food, and one canister Happy Baby puffs courtesy of Happy Baby. Thanks, Happy Baby!

30 comments:

  1. That's actually the oatmeal that Faith won't eat :) She does like all the other Happy Baby stuff though!

    I'm a fan of giving the baby organic stuff too.

    I read a couple of months ago that they changed the guidelines about introducing solids back to 4 months from 6, so I'm guessing they have no clue. :)

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  2. Great post. LOVE the first two paragraphs. They apply to so much, not just baby food.

    Happy eating, Isabelle!!! Sounds like you have some tasty foods ahead.

    (and by the way, bananas and avocado were some of the first foods Kolbe had, and he loved them!)

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  3. Ahhh...so cute! I remember those days!

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  4. We just started Landon on cereal this week!! (hoping that it will make him sleep longer at night...totally selfish reasoning). From feeding #1 he was all for it! Today especially he was loving it.
    I'm planning on making baby food eventually - I'll have to get your instructions in what to do!

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  5. Hello!!! Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog!! Youe girls are sooo cute!!! I hope that you have a great day and weekend! Im a new follower!

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  6. I can't get over how cute she is!!! ahhh!! I'm a sucker for babies with food all over their faces1 =)

    If it makes you feel any better -- I have to drive nearly 3 hours to get to all those stores. I'll blog about it again if I ever make it down there! <3

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  7. That picture with the caption "sassy" is absolutely ADORABLE!!!

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  8. I love the pictures of her with the oatmeal! I don't blame her...oats are the perfect food!

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