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i hate everything gerber! [Dec. 9th, 2004|05:04 pm]
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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!
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 01:38 am (UTC)
Goldfish crackers are good for kids??

I cooked the veggies or fruits and mashed them with a potato masher, but by the time Khylie ate foods she was old enough to eat table food so I didn't have to make hers special for long
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 02:06 am (UTC)
goldfish crackers aren't as good as fresh fruits and veggies, but they are a lot better than a lot of things out there! although i can't find an ingredient list, and i just found out that pepperidge farms, inc. is part of campbells soup company *bleh*, and i was going to say that i don't like the colored ones but then i remembered that cheese isn't orange!! *smacks head*

that's how i think feeding babies should be, i think. why feed babies that are too young to eat? i think that it's because our society has baby rearing down to a scientific process designed to minimize effort on the parents' part. i started feeding my son solids at 6 months, and i don't have a problem with that, but next time i'll likely not be so hasty to start feeding solids - depending on what feels right at the time. :)
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 02:07 am (UTC)
p.s. our icons are funny together!
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 02:14 am (UTC)
Khylie started at 8months and ate more regularly at 10 months, but my mom pushed me to feed her ALL day long it drove me nuts.

Khylie doesn't eat goldfish crackers/fruit snacks, unless she's at my friends house, she thinks 100% fruit juice fruit snacks are just as good as fruit *headslap*
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 02:23 am (UTC)
gaige goes to his grandparents once a week and so i don't worry about it too much, it's like a special occasion. at home i give him snacks like fruits, cheese, and yogurt. he loves water which is good because we live in the desert and it is so dry here, but he drinks soymilk and juice too! i'd like to move away from juice, especially pasturized juice. why not just eat fruit?

do you mean those 100% fruit snacks that are a flat rectangle? i like those! :-\

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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 02:27 am (UTC)
like the gummi bear shit:(((

I don't give khylie soymilk, bc she was on soy formula so she's had more than enough soy for a lifetime.
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 02:34 am (UTC)
gaige prefers soymilk to regular milk, which i like, because i hate milk. and he is crazy for bread! i have to delay serving bread with dinner (when i serve it) because it's all he'll eat! when i make cornbread, he'll eat half of it and not touch anything else (and you can't make cornbread with wheat flour, because it's awful!) but he likes broccoli and spinach, so i'm happy. :D

also, gaige ate anything when he was younger but now he's extremely fickle about what he'll eat. sometimes he'll eat things, other times he won't. i'm not to worried about it though!
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 04:05 am (UTC)
supposedly soy can cause cancer(what doesn't) and higher estrogen levels in men. She likes soy, but doesn't drink either much, she eats cheese though, she like water more than anything else, which my dr thinks is nuts:-/

Khylie is insanely picky its driving me nuts, she loves fruits, veggies and pasta, but only the same kind everytime gah.
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 04:12 am (UTC)
i've heard information about soy being potentially harmful. i did a google search and found a bunch of articles on www.mercola.com, a website i generally consider valuable. i'm going to do some more research into it. i've heard that a lot of soy products use some sort of cheap soy filler, and that the filler is what is harmful, but i can't really remember clearly what the details were.

it seems that using too much of anything might be unhealthy, but i just can't understand how a legume can be so harmful!
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 04:16 am (UTC)
yeah I didn't really hear about it until khylie started soy after I stopped bfing:(

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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 04:22 am (UTC)
unfortunately, i used formula too. i think that's one of the main reasons i was so vehement about feeding healthy - i wanted to do everything healthy, and was so grossed out by the formula, i just wanted to get it over with. next time i am absolutely breastfeed the whole time, and maybe even delay solids.
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm def. bfing, and I delayed solids this time so I will next too.

Do you cd?
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 04:41 am (UTC)
what is cd? *feels dumb*
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 04:48 am (UTC)
cloth diaper lol.
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 05:02 am (UTC)
oh! well obviously not, haha! my son doesn't use diapers anymore. i wanted to cloth diaper, but i felt entirely overwhelmed by the whole process of being a parent and never got around to it (it didn't help that i had no support from the people around me, but i try not to blame others for what i do). i actually have a TON of cloth diapers, and i REALLY wanted to use them with gaige, and i am looking forward to trying it next time. that's why i am so greatful for lj, all of these communities with people who cloth diaper and breastfeed and eat healthy and co sleep, it's so encouraging and inspiring.
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 05:05 am (UTC)
Lol I didn't realize your son was older. Khylie is 17 months.


I love it<333
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-10 05:30 am (UTC)
do you mind if i add you?
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From: mashmallowgoo
2004-12-10 05:57 am (UTC)
Nope

adding you back.
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[User Picture]From: men4lilbuds
2004-12-13 04:52 pm (UTC)
goldfish crackers aren't as good as fresh fruits and veggies, but they are a lot better than a lot of things out there! although i can't find an ingredient list, and i just found out that pepperidge farms, inc. is part of campbells soup company *bleh*, and i was going to say that i don't like the colored ones but then i remembered that cheese isn't orange!! *smacks head*

We really like the Annie's Cheddar and Wheat Bunnies. They seem to sate the craving for Goldfish, but they're better for you.
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[User Picture]From: schleppermom
2004-12-12 12:36 am (UTC)
typing in ahurry with one hand...
i chew the food before finger=feeding it to baby. i serve myself a little more (just one or2 tbsp more thn usual)
sounds gross but i help digest it before baby gets to it. it seems natural thing to do.
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[User Picture]From: aughraseye
2004-12-12 12:39 am (UTC)
i agree with it helping to digest, they say chewing and saliva is the first step in the digestion process. some people get really weirded out about germs, which doesn't make sense to me. i think exposure to germs is good for babies, especially breastfed babies, and especially mom's germs. :)
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[User Picture]From: schleppermom
2004-12-12 01:32 am (UTC)
George Carlin says:
"I LIKE germs! Germs are GOOD for ya! I don't stray away from coughs and sneezes. In fact, I put my face IN THE WAY of someone who is sneezing. No wonder people are always getting sick; their immune systems do not have practice. PEOPLE, youre immune systems NEED PRACTICE!!!"

Well, lol, I usually don't go that far, but I DO believe that our immune systems need practice. And I do agree with you that babies' exposure to germs should be guided by Mom. A breastfed baby will be protected against Mom's germs... ordinarily.
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[User Picture]From: wyshadara
2010-04-12 08:35 pm (UTC)
I started to, but then we quickly bypassed pureed foods altogether and use the Baby Led Weaning approach. He will eat ANYTHING and Loves Healthy foods :) This excites the grandparent-types and they like to give him new foods to see what he'll eat, so it balances out the occasional Gerber snack that gets through the cracks
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