Baby food: the advice on what to feed your baby sure has changed over the years. When my girls were babies, the prevailing wisdom was to start them on solid foods at four to six months. It changed a bit from my oldest to my youngest, with the recommended time for introducing solids lengthening to six months. It was suggested that the longer one waited to begin solids, the less the risk of allergies.
So, I was shocked to recently come across these notes in my own baby book:
I began taking rice cereal on 11-8-64. Didn’t raise too much fuss about it.
I had my first vegetable (carrots) on 11-14-64.
I took meat (beef) on 11-22-64 and liked it.
I ate my first fruit (applesauce) on 11-29-64 and naturally – I liked it.
I find this amazing, because I was born on 10-22-64. So within 5 weeks of birth, I was downing every food group known to man. I remember what a big deal it was to introduce my girls to “real food” – how long it would take them to get the hang of eating from a spoon, swallowing food, etc. So I’m just trying to imagine, if it’s hard for a six-month-old, what it must be like trying to spoon-feed a newborn who can’t even support her head.
Ah, times change, don’t they? And to think, as far as I know I survived all of that allergy-free.