|i hate everything gerber!
||[Dec. 9th, 2004|05:04 pm]
when we started feeding my son solids, we lived with my husband's parents. i had constant problems with them doing things that i did not want them to do with my son, but the main problem was feeding him. i made it very clear that i wanted him to eat only vegetables at first, and only real, whole foods, made by us, not by gerber. i guess that didn't compute to my MIL, who would buy jarred peaches and ask me if it was okay. she is from a different era and simply didn't understand. she thought that if it was gerber, it must be safe for babies. |
she would buy:
gerber fruit snacks (first ingredient: CORN SYRUP, followed by sugar, etc. etc. artificial colors, etc. etc., why not just give him some candy!?)
gerber teething biscuits (ingerdients: bleached processed devoid-of-nutrients flour, followed by crap, crap, etc.)
gerber veggie wheels, crackers, misc, etc. (same ingredients as above with "natural flavors + "vitamins")
SUGAR FREE KOOLAID!!!! (wtf, have you ever heard of water and juice?! okay now i'm just ranting, lol)
my question to everyone is, did you make your own baby food? i used a foodmill and pureed everything by hand. i also mixed it with, yes, GERBER rice cereal, because i didn't realize that *gasp* i could puree my own damn rice. next time i'll do exactly that. you grow up with the idea that gerber is the only normal thing to feed babies, and i think that when you realize how ridiculous that is, it's shocking. i've seen women ask questions about feeding their babies homemade food, is it "safe," and i've seen advice to use canned vegetables! how is it possible that we're so far removed from feeding ourselves and our babies that we think the only safe things to eat come out of jars and cans? scary.
on a brighter note, my MIL has really shaped up and keeps good snacks around the house, like goldfish, and only has 100% juice (although i wish she'd give my son more WATER than reflexively reaching for the juice, but you have to pick your battles), and for the past two halloweens and easters she's made really cute goodie baskets with non-candy snacks and cute little toys. but i still am flabberghasted at how backwards society's notions about feeding are.
p.s. i wonder if it would be useful to make a community about making baby foods? i remember i had a lot of questions when i started, even though now it seems so intuitive. it could include recipes, ideas, and even a debate about chewing up food for baby, hahah!
*EDIT* i found a community for making baby food, babyfood_athome. shucks!