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    Happy Monday all- I have a couple of questions for all you primal parents our there.

    I have an 8 month old awesome little lad named Liam. Mrs. ELCO and I usually feed him Earth's Best, but some of the flavors have grains or oats in them, so we steer clear of those.

    Needless to say we're running out of varieties to choose from and would love to pick your brains to get some more ideas on primal foods for infants.

    I want to start pureeing his meals so I know exactly what's going into his food so any ideas on how to incorporate convenience and quality seamlessly?

    No idea is stupid in my book- so bring it!

    Thanks all!
    Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

  • #2
    My sister-in-law fed my nephew lots of pureed veggies (sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, eggplant) and pureed fruits too. Why don't you look at the ingredients list on an Earth's best box and just do the same but without the non-Primal things? Maybe that could work?
    Do you feed your kid dairy? Maybe some homemade greek yogurt? I don't know if you're meant to give that to 8 m.o. kids though haha I'm just throwing out suggestions, I'm only 18!

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    • #3
      You could make a sort of oatmeal like paste with mashed ripe bananas, coconut milk, a bit of cream? Once again I don't know if this is infant-friendly, but sounds good to me!

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      • #4
        Did you read the "Paleo Baby" link from MDA's most recent link love?

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        • #5
          Thanks for the suggestions tanyayogi- love the brainstorming!

          We do read the label- most of the veggies have just the veggie itself and water, so we stick to those. However they have some meat meals that have added grains in them (not sure why).

          I'm the dad and I'm just as lost as you as what is appropriate to feed an 8month old. We talk to his pediatrician and get little help as she doesn't understand our primal leanings. She still recommends rice cereal if you get my drift.

          I love the idea of fruit and coconut milk though, I'm going to try and put a concoction together that tastes (hopefully) good enough for him to chow it.
          Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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          • #6
            Did you read the "Paleo Baby" link from MDA's most recent link love?
            Haha- that would be tooooo easy bwhit.... or in other words I had not.

            Will now though- thanks for the redirect!
            Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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            • #7
              Damn work smart filter denied access to the link. Will have to peruse at home...
              Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ELCO14 View Post
                Thanks for the suggestions tanyayogi- love the brainstorming!

                We do read the label- most of the veggies have just the veggie itself and water, so we stick to those. However they have some meat meals that have added grains in them (not sure why).

                I'm the dad and I'm just as lost as you as what is appropriate to feed an 8month old. We talk to his pediatrician and get little help as she doesn't understand our primal leanings. She still recommends rice cereal if you get my drift.

                I love the idea of fruit and coconut milk though, I'm going to try and put a concoction together that tastes (hopefully) good enough for him to chow it.
                Meat wise you could grind some tender and pounded (like when raw, beat it) chicken and mushrooms and some full fat organic milk or cream and make a little protein paste?
                What I meant about reading the label was to take the flavors you like from Earth's Best and recreate the recipe minus the oats/grains.
                Are eggs ok for babies? Nuts? Haha woww babies sound complex! Good luck though.
                You could also use chicken stock and some potatoes (if you're ok with white potatoes) and make a very thick chicken soup and puree veggies and add that?

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                • #9
                  Babies have been on the go for hundreds of thousands of years. Commercialised baby products for probably a hundred. I bet they ate much what their parents ate (minus the booze) but chopped really fine or pureed.

                  It is in the manufacturers interests to make new parents feel anxious and possibly guilty incase they get it wrong. But good food pureed is going to be better than a lot of the stuff that goes into those little jars.....

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                  • #10
                    I've gotten mixed results researching the egg questions. I know with eggs and nuts there's a potential for food allergies, so not sure.

                    Along the lines of your thinking though if I pureed some meat with some stock and maybe add an egg- that would be a great meal that would keep him fuller longer I would think.

                    Thanks for knocking the dust off the cogs in my brain tanyayogi! Oh and babies are complex, but worth it for sure!

                    Anybody feed raw eggs to their infants?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by breadsauce View Post
                      Babies have been on the go for hundreds of thousands of years. Commercialised baby products for probably a hundred. I bet they ate much what their parents ate (minus the booze) but chopped really fine or pureed.

                      It is in the manufacturers interests to make new parents feel anxious and possibly guilty incase they get it wrong. But good food pureed is going to be better than a lot of the stuff that goes into those little jars.....
                      I agree with you 100% breadsauce... that's whole reason I asked the question. I know our diet is on point, but lack confidence when it comes to feeding it to my son, as I've heard so many things that cause me to 2nd guess my instincts.

                      It's hard to break the CW way of thinking when it comes to my son.

                      So talking it out with other parents may ease some of my apprehension, if you know what I mean.
                      Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"

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                      • #12
                        Is your baby really into eating foods yet? Most babies don't NEED food other than breast milk until they're almost a year or so, and at that point should have a few teeth, so mashed up small pcs of chicken and squishy veggies, etc work really well.

                        Just a thought, though you know your baby better than me!

                        In regards to baby food, I used to just puree up some sweet potatoes, squash, maybe even some greens, and freeze them in ice cubes. Then when I needed some I'd just pop out an ice cube or two and heat it up and use. That with small bits of meat/chicken/fish worked really well. My girl did love eggs when she was little, then she didn't for a while, now she does. Go figure!
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                        • #13
                          Check out baby led solids (also know as baby lead weaning - but baby isn't actually weaning from bfing)

                          what ever you eat - baby can eat. since we don't have history of food allergies - dd/ds got all the top allergens (minus grains) NLT 9mths.

                          dcp - asked for purees - so thats what we send w/her. when ds is at home...we just cut up meats/veggies/fruits to levels he can mush them about while practicing the art of eating in a social situation.
                          he eats steak, eggs, chicken, pork, fish, avocado, all fruits and veggies, yogurt, and cheese.

                          ds gets very vocal if you're eating and he's not! frozen peas (not 100% primal but they work) are great for when little ones are teething.
                          let your little one sit in the high chair and practice feeding himself small pieces of food. it will help build his dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and teach him to eat different types of food.
                          As for eggs - usually the food allergy is associated w/the egg white - so you could cook up a egg scramble of yokes if you're worried about that....

                          Also an 8mth old shouldn't be getting more than 2 TBS total of solid foods/purees in a 24hr period - as it can interfere with bfing - by making baby too full to nurse.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks Minxxa- we haven't breast fed in months now, because my wife couldn't keep up with his appetite. He's 8 months and weighs over 20lbs so he loves to eat, but doesn't have any teeth yet.

                            I love, love the ice cube tray idea!

                            How early did you start her on eggs?
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                            • #15
                              I appreciate the input Shijin!

                              ds gets very vocal if you're eating and he's not! frozen peas (not 100% primal but they work) are great for when little ones are teething.
                              Our son is the same way- almost gets pissed if he has to watch us eat! I really like this idea of frozen peas idea. Are they small enough to not be a chocking hazard?
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