Ive never bought jarred or prepackaged baby food and presumed others only did as a convenience or once off. I didn't realise people use this as their childs main source of food. Surely everyone knows its full of crap?
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07-02-2013 13:01 #11
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07-02-2013 13:08 #13
Re: Truth about baby food...
wow, I am shocked, never gonna buy them again.
07-02-2013 13:46 #14
Oh, for F's sake...! *OP, this is NOT a dig at you - I think it was great you posted the article - but rather at the author's scaremongering*
I have so many issues with this article I don't even know where to start...
How about STOP GIVING MUMS SOMETHING ELSE TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT?
And that any savvy consumer would already know that commercial baby food is inferior to the homemade stuff and would've weighed up the pros and cons before concluding that their reason for buying a jar of chunky lamb hotpot was pretty good?
And what about all the people who don't wash their fruit and vegies properly before cooking them? There's no possible way of quantifying the amount of pesticides etc their meals contain.
Anyone who's read some of my previous posts on feeding babies and children knows I'm an advocate of healthy, home-cooked meals and have a special interest in nutrition (especially the practice of 'good food as the basis of good health'), but I'm also a realist and know that it's not always possible for parents to feed their children like this all the time.
And as a former journalist, this kind of one-sided pseudo-journalism that's so rife in the blogosphere also gives me the sh!ts in a special kind of way. The only thing I can say in the author's defence is that at least she's honest about the agenda of her blog - "the snobby side of parenting". But calling yourself the "Alpha Parent", implying that you're the best in the game? Give it up.
*OK, forgive my rant, please - I am so sleep deprived I feel like I'm looking after a newborn again - and I fed my 9mo DS a packet of Rafferty's Garden rubbish for breakfast this morning so I'm ripe for a fight
07-02-2013 13:47 #15
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07-02-2013 14:00 #16
I make everything myself and am currently doing a mix of BLW and purees. The only thing I buy for her is baby cereal (Oraganic wholemeal rice) and baby gel/custard.
90% of the food she eats is homemade, steamed fruit n veg, but I don't beat myself up over giving her the occasional serving of fruit gel or baby custard you buy in jars.
07-02-2013 14:15 #17
I personally found this to be a very one sided article, adding to the numerous other ways to make mothers (and fathers) feel guilty.
Whilst I'm not in any way condoning using commercial baby food exclusively, using it occasionally when the vast majority of other food eaten is home made, it will in no way cause harm.
The occasional ones I do buy I always check the ingredient list so at least I know what's being eaten by my bub. I usually choose single ingredient ones or those with only a couple (eg sweet potato and carrot) and avoid the casserole type ones as I'm not happy with extras (including apple juice/puree) in those. My informed choice and I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about it.
And commercial baby food beats the pants off some other food I've seen mothers feed their babies whilst out - KFC potato and gravy for one....
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07-02-2013 14:20 #18
Just wanted to add, exclusively buying commercial baby food would be so expensive! I buy almost a fortnights worth of fruit and veg for around $10 from the markets and cook it all up and freeze in meal sized portions. It only takes a couple of hours to do and is so cost effective, not to mention fun! I really enjoy trying new foods for DD, you can't buy what you can make at home anyway.
edit: I pretty much fed DS exclusively on bought baby food (for weaning, as he grew he ate what we did) when I had him years ago so hold no judgement whatsoever against women who do. My god, people judge mothers for everything these days!
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07-02-2013 14:38 #19
Truth about baby food...
Have you ever eaten that jared food?!? Lol it all tastes the same!! I have used it when out with my younger baby but usually make my own. And I finds king my own is a pain in the bottom lol. But if that's what people feed their babies then at least their babies aren't going hungry.
07-02-2013 14:55 #20
Textures issue with older kids are not from whether or not they were fed jar food or not. Come on these kids have real issues and trying to blame them on their mother is
Sensory process disorders are real.
Last edited by LoveLivesHere; 07-02-2013 at 17:28.
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