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Parents in the Know Podcast Episode 29 – Introducing Solid Foods
Introducing Solid Foods
This is the 29th episode of my podcast for parents and families who want to be in the know about major parenting concerns and issues. Introducing Solid Foods to Babies is the topic under discussion today.
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Today’s episode looks at the process of introducing solid foods to babies. We’ll look at what age you can do it, what foods to start with, different methods you can use and implications for allergies and future health and eating habits. Introducing your growing baby to solids is our topic, today on Parents in the Know.
As a new parent, when it came close to the time when I would need to introduce solid foods, I read up on this as best as I could and made little mental notes about how I’d do it, and was careful to follow the instructions step by step. Everything proceeded smoothly with my daughter so when my son came along, I thought I knew what I was doing. But what was this? In the space of only two years, the guidelines had changed, and everything was different.
When my daughter was born, in 2012, the guidelines I was given included the advice to introduce new foods gradually, leaving several days in between each new introduction, in case something provoked an allergic response. We were to avoid the common allergens like peanuts, strawberries and eggs until other, safer foods had been well introduced.
But two years later, in 2014, all that caution had gone out the window. Now we were told to introduce whatever food we liked whenever we liked, no need to be precious about waiting for days in case of allergic reactions. And the sooner you introduced possible allergens, the better, was the new philosophy. In fact, I’d read a bit about this even when my daughter was a baby, but it had evidently taken a couple of years to become widely accepted.
I am curious now to revisit the evidence, especially regarding allergies, and see what the story is at the end of 2015, which is when I’m recording this episode. I also want to give you an overview of the traditional, puree-based menus versus the baby led weaning model of varied tastes and textures.
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