I have not been posting frequently, have I? I had a baby and, you know. Baby. But now he is 10 months old and I have 5 minutes here to do the dishes, I mean blog.
Yes, I am feeding the baby Paleo! Woot!
Well, if you are like me (not a cook, nutritionist, or Paleo scientist) you Google "how do you feed a baby Paleo". That is when you find The Paleo Mom and her awesome post on Paleo Baby Foods - What To Introduce When. You do what she says.
Or you do what you remember she says.
This is what I remember / am doing. I feed him everything except these things until he is one. Maybe I wait until age two for the nuts? I'll check again in a few months to be sure. I can only handle so much info in my head at a time these days, having had my third baby and all.
From other research I have added:
But HOW do I feel him Paleo? Do I stick it in a blender?
My first two kids were pre-Paleo. It was Cheerios, Goldfish crackers, and mozzarella cheese sticks all the way. My youngest was 4 when we went Paleo. This Paleo Baby thing is new to me. Heck, this "eating real food" thing is new to me. Cherrios and Goldfish are easy. Since they are pretend food they are also un-slimy and textureless. Real food is, well, real.
That's when I stumbled on the Baby Led Weaning idea (what a terrible name!) and thought, "Ooh! Paleo AND lazy! I love it!"
The idea is: you don't puree food. You give it to your baby whole so they can learn how to self-feed. Instead of sticking a spoon in their mouth and teaching them to swallow first, you give them food they can manage themselves and they learn how to chew first, then swallow.
This is not my baby, and I do not have time to carve mine melon pants, but you get the general idea.
But now I remember I have on my list from somewhere:
So, the teaching-them-to-swallow idea? I loved this!
However, from months 7-9 (when I started giving him any food at all except breastmilk) I could not handle the gagging.
They are supposed to gag - it's how they learn but it frazzled my nerves. ("My baby!!!") They also make a massive mess self-feeding. It's not lazy parenting if you have to hose them, your kitchen, your highchair, and yourself down every time they eat. So I did spoon feed until about now, month 10, when he can hold the food without crushing it into mush in his hands.
But now he is old enough to eat without totally gagging, and he is also big enough and strong enough to demand it. "Uh uh uh!" So he gets a huge melon wedge. An entire half of an apple. Things he can hold.
I said that already, didn't I? Did I mention I have three kids now? Where was I?
Oh, yes, the rest of the non-fruit food. I like it easy. Tonight I put a whole, organic chicken in the pressure cooker with a bunch of organic baby carrots for 40 minutes. No salt, no seasonings, nothing. We pulled it out and ate it. The baby can have all of that he wants except I don't give him much, because I've found he does better still with a lot of nursing.
Yep, I'm still nursing him. A lot. That is as Paleo as it gets.
I like the easy Paleo stuff.