Like lots of natural mamas out there, I want to keep my little one from becoming a sugar baby. You know, the kind of kid who will only drink milk if there’s chocolate syrup included and uses French fries as carriers for ketchup. As I scan the grocery aisles, it’s scary how everything from juice boxes to packaged cereal to yogurt are loaded with sugar – and these products are developed for and marketed to children!
With that in mind, the first food that crossed Griffin’s lips was an avocado. From there, I tried to keep banana, pear, and apple to a minimum and instead stress the veggies. Granted at six months, babies can’t handle too many veggies since the fiber is hard on their digestive tracks, but I was determined to stick to the ones babies can eat, such as carrots, peas, and squashes. I wanted fruit to be more of a garnish as opposed to the main dish.
Reality: Griffin doesn’t like veggies
He gags. He spits. He cried at the taste of pureed carrots. Peas were a pure meltdown. I even tried a soft egg yolk once and he looked at me like I had two heads (texture thing?).
And yet, when I tried an avocado banana mash, everything changed. Griffin opened his mouth. He swallowed. I even detected a smile. He was digging every messy bite.
Oh, no! Griffin’s a sugar baby.
I wanted Griffin to eat on his own terms, but I wanted him to like veggies too. So what’s a worried mom to do? Search the internet for answers, of course.
As I was reading an article on a great breastfeeding site called Kelly Mom , I saw a few facts that set me free. The article said not to feel bad about starting your child on banana or sweet potato or other “sweet” foods. It explained that breast milk is actually quite sweet, so it makes perfect sense that babies gravitate toward that taste first. As babies’ taste buds mature, they’ll branch out and explore other flavors.
Phew, that made me feel better… and it made sense. In fact, I find it no coincidence that Griffin’s favorite meal is the avocado banana mash which is high in carbs and fat, just like breast milk.
Thank you Kelly Mom!
This natural mama feels better about her son’s early eating habits. And I wanted to pass along this perspective in case other mamas needed to hear it too. Just because your baby likes bananas today doesn’t mean he’ll be eating Pop Tarts in ten years!
Is your child drawn to sweets?
How do you steer him or her toward vegetables and savory foods?