When your baby starts eating solids you might think that you´re kind of done with the mommy war of all time mommy wars: the breastfeeding versus bottle feeding debate. From now on, it´s peace and quiet at least on the feeding front right? Well, yeah, not really, after the breast against bottles you will get in the babyfood freshly cooked against jar fight.
Because we mothers don´t really like to give each other a break do we? We like to criticise each other´s decisions and parenting styles so we feel (or at least appear) less insecure about our own decisions. And therefore another hot topic of debate and strong criticism is what type of food you give to your baby once he starts eating.
Only fresh and homemade
The best option (according to the debate guidelines) is of course the freshly cooked meal every day. And since we all want the best for our littles that´s obviously the way to go right? So jars are meals that are looked down on and giving your kid a jar is so not healthy and just really bad for him. Some hardcore fresh cookers even take it as far as that the food can only be prepared in a specific way, i.e. my baby only eats fresh food steamed the X way.
Nobody wants to be a bad mom so OF COURSE we only give our baby fresh food, or at least we claim we do. I even heard of friends who put the content of the jar in their own Tupperware as if it´s homemade food. I mean seriously? Why do we have to be that judgmental with each other to make us lie to our friends on the food we give to our babies?
Who decides what´s the best babyfood?
Obviously we all want the best for our kids but who decides what is the best? And everybody has different circumstances so “the best” can mean different things. Besides, (and this also always annoys me in the breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding discussions) those jars are made as baby food (as is milk powder for babies) and they have to comply with very strict regulations so in general they can´t be “bad” per definition for a baby.
I also think the terms “always” and “only” are a bit extreme, of course you can aim to mainly give your baby fresh food but hey, there are always days that are just crazy or you´re traveling or whatever so a jar for just in case always comes in handy. Besides, and here I can only speak for myself, but I have not really been on a cooking spree since being a mom, so it was quite a reality check that after 6 months of hardly any cooking for ourselves I suddenly had to start cooking for the bichin!
Our help in the kitchen
Our strategy is somewhere in between, I like to give him fresh food but am also realistic that as a working mom I just don´t have the time to be in the kitchen everyday so usually in the weekends I make a little stock and put them in the freezer (so I guess you can´t really call that fresh food either..) for the rest of the week and there´s always the occasional jar when we´re away or something. Honestly, “cooking” is a bit too much credit for what I do… One of the most useful baby shower gifts we got was some sort of cooking robot for babies so basically I just have to cut the meat / veggies / potatoes and throw them in there and the machine does the rest. Pretty perfect! So despite of not having much time due to work we can still provide some home made meals and yes on some days we give him a jar. Looking at the bichin I can tell you firsthand they can´t be that bad…..
What do you give your baby to eat?
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