Becoming a mother has been the greatest gift and challenge of my life. We all want to do what is best for our child, and that can begin with how we nourish their growing bodies. The first two years especially are critical to their mental and physical development. So, it is important to make sure their food contains the nutrients to do some work!
My interest in making healthy baby food came from wanting to do the best for my son, as many parents do for their children. In Noah’s early months, he struggled to gain weight due to some milk transfer issues that took a few months to figure out. There has been no worse feeling than to walk up to the scale at the doctor’s office, see he wasn’t gaining weight, and feel like a failure to take care of my son even though I thought I was doing everything I could by nursing him around the clock.
As I approached the 6th month mark, when I knew it was safe to start solid foods, I devoured all the research I could on first baby foods and the best ones to nourish your baby. I was not looking for the foods he would enjoy the most or that would just provide calories. I wanted to know the best ones that would help him reach his full potential of being smart, healthy, strong and happy – everything that a mom wants for their child. That’s when I came across resources like The Weston A. Price Foundation and voices in the Paleo community like Dave Asprey, writer of The Better Baby Book and The Bulletproof Diet. Some of their principles went against everything conventional medicine said to do – skip cereals, skip fruit for the first year, babies need fat, babies can digest protein and fat but not carbohydrates, and salt your baby’s food.
Even though the advice was atypical in today’s society, it just ma
de sense to me when thinking about what human bodies are made of, I knew that my prayers for a solution had been answered because their focus was on micro-nutrients. At 6 months of age, Noah started with a poached egg yolk and half an avocado. We moved to foods like salmon and sweet potato, grass-fed collagen protein and fat in his veggies, liver mixed in beef, and cod liver oil. In the beginning, I got some weird looks and comments about my strange choices, but within the next few months, people could see what a miraculous difference these nourishing foods were making. His facial structure changed from narrow to wide and square. His hair grew like crazy to the point where he needed a hair cut at 9 months. He shot up to 18 months clothes by 10 months old, and he started gaining a few pounds a month.
At his 1 year check-up, his head measured 19 in (95 %), height was 30.5 in (73 %), and weight was 21 lb 10 oz (56 %). I could see that these nutrient dense foods were helping him grow strong and build his brain. He was working on standing, walking, and making new sounds every day. He could pick up a trumpet after watchin
g my husband play a few notes, put it to his mouth, and press the valves, as if he was going to play. I’m so thankful God led us to such nutrient dense foods and provided me with information to continue a healthy diet with my family. Now, I want to share it with other families and provide easy ways to incorporate these nourishing foods into your baby or young child’s diet.