Thursday, August 30, 2012

You are what you eat

So to continue my theme of eating related posts, I've been thinking a lot about the foods I've been giving H lately. One day I decided to look up just how much sodium a baby is allowed to have per day. It's 200 mg, in case you were wondering. This kind of seemed like a lot to me, until I started reading labels and realized that one slice of bread would put him over the limit. Throw in some cheese? Forget it. I liked to think that I stay away from a lot of processed foods, but this was my wake up call to realize that actually things like store bought bread, tortillas, pita, yeah they're all processed food. And they are FULL of bad stuff like sodium. Now, I'm not about to start making all my foods from scratch, but it's definitely given me a bit of pause when I find myself reaching for pre-made foods for H.

Then, I came across this site . One thing that really stuck with me was the idea that it's not so important what you feed your kids, as it is what you teach your kids about food. I've come across a few pieces of advice on sites such as babycentre, where they suggest adding things like chocolate flavouring to milk if your kid won't drink milk because at least they'll get the nutrients. But all that you're really doing is teaching your kids to like chocolate (not that I have a problem with that) instead of teaching them to like milk. Right now H is really open minded about food, willing to try lots of different things. How do I help him keep that when he starts getting into the 'stubborn, exerting his own will by throwing everything but bread and cheese' on the floor state? I'm trying to expose him to a lot of different flavours and textures, but I'm full expecting that were come a time when he might push back and then what?

And finally, I watched this really interesting Nature of Things on the possible link between bacteria in the gut and autism. Clearly, what we eat and what we feed to the flora in our guts is kind of a big deal. It sure feels like a lot of pressure when you're making those decisions for a helpless baby.

Oh and in case you are wondering, H had crab cakes (made at our local fish monger) for dinner tonight. And I have no idea how much sodium was in them... but at least they were ocean wise.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Adventures in eating...

Sometime in the last couple months H has gone from playing with his food to seriously chowing down. This was the kid who couldn't make it through a jar of baby food in the requiste 72 hours before it expired and now he'll suck back one of his Gourmet Baby food packs in under sixty seconds, I kid you not.

So for those interested (read: me in a few years) here's what he's been loving lately:
Slices of watermelon, mangos, peaches, nectarines and plums (watermelon is the hands down favourite)
Bananas and banana pancakes (slices of banana dipped in pancake batter and fried. SO good... I may steal some for myself)
Fried or grilled zucchini (after having H eat my entire share a few dinners in a row I've finally realized we need to start making him his own serving of these and not just feeding him off my plate... mama wants her zucchini!)
Yam fries
Red peppers
Oatmeal with applesauce and cinnamon
Humus and pita
Avocado and cheese quesadillas
Scrambled eggs with feta
Arrowroot cookies (he gets these at daycare, no wonder he likes it so much)
French toast dipped in plain yogurt

What he does not like:
Anything I need to feed him off a spoon. This kid is all about the finger foods!

Are there any foods your kids love that H should try? We're always looking for more ways to turn this kid into a foodie!

Monday, August 06, 2012

He crawls!

Photo thanks to Grams:)
Well, my wish that H would be crawling by the time he starts daycare (T-6 days, eep!) has come true. About a week ago he started taking his first real crawling 'steps', where both his arms and legs were involved and his belly stayed off the ground. And every day since he's gotten better and better. As I sat on the couch today and watched him crawl around the living room floor I figured it's time to call it, he's a cralwer. So during his morning nap I started a bit of baby proofing in the kitchen and pulled out our baby gate to make sure it works. He's still on the slow side, but there's no denying he's moving around. And at the rate he's going, I'd give it one more week before he's into ever-y thing. Yay!

I'm so glad I don't have to do a google search for 'my 11 month old isn't crawling':)