I find that I explain to people that Belle is gluten/dairy/soy free because she gets bad eczema, which is true, but I don’t generally go on to say that we’re not super keen on her eating those things anyway. Why? Because people seem to go a bit nuts if you mention babies and paleo in the same breath.
Here in Australia, Pete Evans was famously slammed for suggesting that babies be given a bone broth type concoction instead of infant formula. And rice cereal is universally accepted and promoted as the first food for babies. But anyway, this is what we have done with Belle…
I breast fed exclusively until around 6 months and then started introducing solid foods (while continuing feeding, pretty much on demand). With Lou, we weren’t paleo but I did do baby led weaning and I was keen to do this again with Belle despite David’s misgivings about choking possibilities. However, I did also spoon feed her certain foods. Here’s what we started her off with:
- sweet potato
- scrambled egg
- steamed veggie sticks (carrot, zucchini, broccoli etc)
- minced meat (including liver)
- fish (white fish like flathead, wild tinned salmon)
- chicken legs
- lamb cutlets
- cold beef bone broth (basically jelly)
Then we moved on to things like:
- cut up cucumber and tomato
- meatballs in tomato sauce (a favourite)
- cut up grapes, watermelon, nectarine etc
- coconut yogurt
- small pieces of chicken, pork or beef, and well as some ham and bacon
Until she now pretty much eats what we eat, though still minus anything too leafy unless it’s blended.
She has also had small amounts of the following foods:
- almond milk
- rice noodles
- coconut flour/almond meal paleo style treats
- regular bread/croissant
- rice crackers
- ice-cream, frozen yogurt
She’s now really noticing if one of us (particularly Lou) is eating something she doesn’t have and she loudly demands a taste and tries to help herself, so she’s been eating more things like gluten free crackers and noodles as they are the things that Lou asks for a lot. If we want to keep up what we are doing with Belle, I think we will have to get stricter with Lou. While we don’t have anything with gluten or sugar at home, we do let Lou get a cookie etc when we are out and soon that will be a problem with Belle I think.
The latest allergy advice seems to be that you should give your baby potential allergy causing foods before they turn 1, which is why I have tried to make sure that Belle has had some gluten and dairy. She doesn’t respond well at all to dairy and gets bad eczema flare ups so I have also removed it completely from my diet.
Now, at 1 year old, a typical day of food for Belle looks like this:
Breakfast: 1 to 2 scrambled eggs (in coconut oil), maybe with some peas
Snack: half a banana, maybe some rice crackers
Lunch: some avocado and wild tinned salmon
Snack: some grapes or watermelon
Maybe breast milk
Dinner: 2 beef and liver meatballs in tomato sauce with some steamed veggies (that she will probably throw away, she’s much more of a meat than veggie baby at the moment).
Breast milk before bed (and of course throughout the night…).
There’s so much conflicting information out there, but we figure that it’s hard to really go wrong if we focus on giving the kids real, actually whole (as in completely non -processed) food the majority of the time.