I, like so many moms, was on the path to boxed baby cereals and Gerber jars when my 4 month old got extremely constipated and irritable with her 1st rice cereal experience. My pediatrician advised me to wait a couple of weeks and resume rice cereal. It was so hard to wait because my child was hungry and she had proven she could eat quite well! The same thing happened with the 2nd try of rice cereal - constipation, screaming and writhing in pain. Here I had this hungry, eager little eater and the traditional American baby foods just weren't working.
I ordered Super Baby Food from Amazon, and all my troubles went away in an instant. My life and and my daughter's diet suddenly involved mashed fresh bananas and water, mashed fresh avocados and water, pureed sweet pototoes, mangos and more. All fresh, all with good anti-viral properties, all helping me contribute to the extent that I can to helping my daughter develop and maintain a healthy immune system.
Today, my daughter is a 2-1/2 year old who is an amazing eater. She eats a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies everyday including eating fresh steamed green beans the way other kids eat french fries. She devours fresh steamed broccoli, eats pesto packed pork chops, and just yesterday she downed a cold salad of black-eyed peas, green olives and tomatoes. My friends, neighbors, and even I am amazed as she eagerly tries any food I put in front of her.
I share this not to brag but to let others know that I attribute her eating habits largely to her Super Baby Food diet where never once did I put something in front of her that tasted yucky. I believe by feeding her stuff that even I thought was tasty, she came to develop a trust that whatever food I give her, chances are it's going to be good.
I think a lot of food issues with children are a result of plain old Pavlov-type conditioning. Most parents will agree the Gerber jars are just plain disgusting when it comes to taste, and they wouldn't consider taking a bite themselves. Yet, they feed the stuff to their kids 4-6 times a day for 8 months or so. I can't help but think if I'm a baby and I've been fed stuff that tastes yucky for months and months on end, don't I naturally develop a distrust of the person feeding me and the choices they put before me? Aren't I more inclined to be resistent to trying new things this person offers me?
So many of my friends with toddlers lament that they can't get their kids to eat more than a few different fruits and veggies and very few have a well-balanced diet.
Anyway, you probably get my drift by now. I'm a huge proponent of this book, the diet espoused and the fact that by cooking & preparing healthy foods for your child when he/she is 4-6 months old you'll develop a great habit as a mom that will last a life time. So many moms get their toddlers to 12 months and then they wonder what's the best table food to feed them. The tendency must be so strong to continue down the minimal nutrition path of processed, packaged foods.
With super baby food you never make any kind of food switch, you just serve up the same delicious stuff your kid already loves - only it's served chunky-style.
We all know how good fresh fruits and veggies are for building a healthy immune system. At the same time, our culture is so ingrained in quick eats & pre-packaged food. If you think for more than a minute on this, what is better for your kid, a jar of baby food that's been on a warehouse or store shelf for up to a couple of years? Or fresh foods you prepare at home?
I highly recommend this book to any new mom. One last unexpected benefit from the book - my husband and I eat a much wider variety of fresh fruits and veggies now too. We all have benefited from this book!!