Cavebabies Eat!

As many people convert their dietary habits to a more natural, ancestral model, there is a quandary as to whether or not they should also change the habits while pregnant or with their babies and small children.  When I was newly pregnant in the summer of 2010, I scoured the internet for information and real experiences of people who had eaten primal/paleo while pregnant and nursing and found a few.  However, my body craved rice and potatoes, so I went with the cravings on occasion (a couple of times a week). 

Now there are a lot more online journals and resources for those looking to feed their families in a healthy, nutritious way.  The other day I came across a blog, The Paleo Mom, and she had a great post on how to feed a baby paleo-style.  While it is not exactly how we have fed our own Cavebaby – we tend not do do purees unless that is what the rest of us are eating — like pureed turnips with steak or whatnot — but I have found that if the food has some texture he seems to enjoy it more. 

The Paleo Parents are also raising three active boys paleo-style.  They have a gluten-free kids’ cookbook coming out in March, so your kids can partake in the occasional sweet treat! 

For pregnancy, Chris Kresser has developed The Healthy Baby Code.  It came along about 9 months too late for me, but if you are considering pregnancy and paleo, it could be a good resource.

As for our little paleo-fed baby, here is the typical lineup of how we feed him:

Breakfast: 1 scrambled egg, 1 piece fruit, 1/4 avocado, 2oz coconut milk

Snack: nursing session

Lunch: Pureed food pouch, fruit (I like Ella’s brand)

Snack: nursing session

Dinner: Leftover meat, starch (squash, potato, etc.), vegetable or fruit

Bedtime snack: Homemade applesauce with yogurt or coconut milk, final nursing session

This has been our routine since October, and it seems to be working well.  He has tried a wide variety of food and so far has refused nothing, including the slightly spicy Chocolate Chili I made this week.  I don’t know if he will always be this easy to please in the food department, but I appreciate that we are off to a good start!



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