Paleo/primal Infant..when to feed what??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 06, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I am writing in need of some advice and resources about feeding a Paleo/primal infant. Isaac has been eating solids for almost a month now and he will be 6 months on Saturday. We started him a little early, but he was ready. He is still exclusively breastfed. We feed him solid food in the form of purees once a day. It's very confusing feeding a paleo baby b/c all the "regular" resources tell me that from 4-6 months he should be on rice cereal then after 6 months start fruits and things. Obviously, my paleo/primal baby is never going to eat rice cereal, so that throws all the timelines off. I just have questions like, when to introduce fruit and what fruits? When to introduce meat and what meats? Are there resources out there with a timeline for a paleo infant and what to feed when? recipes? He has had avocado, green beans, carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes (all in purees) so far. I'm not at all into the "Baby led weaning". I read about it, but it's just not for me. I'm just wondering where to go next. Apples? Pears? Bananas? Ground Beef? I'm so tired of searching all over the internet for answers. Surely there are some good resources out there for paleo/ primal infants that I'm just not finding. Help would be appreciated!!



on September 06, 2012
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Liver and yolk from soft-boiled eggs are traditional early foods.

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on September 06, 2012
at 07:18 PM

The reason you can't find any consistent advice is because each author is pretty much making it up as they go. It isn't rocket science, it is just food, and our babies aren't hothouse flowers, they are little people. I think we have gone way overboard on what foods to introduce when.

The previous worries about early introduction of foods (after 5-6 months) causing allergies has been thoroughly debunked. The main reason foods are added one at a time is to pin down any sensitivities or allergies, but even that is overkill in my opinion. If you are making simple nourishing food at home it isn't likely to have more than 5-6 ingredients, and you can probably do a decent job deducing what food caused the problem by serving those things individually later. I have made a point of not giving my son foods that either I or my husband are allergic too, but other than that, and maybe making stuff a bit less spicy, we chose to ignore the "what" and "when" rules.

Once those teeth show up, let 'em at whatever you are having, unless it is too big to be a choking hazard just make sure you break it down by chewing, smashing with a fork, or pureeing so they can actually eat it. The food in jars has been sterilized to be shelf stable and likely is lower in nutrients as well, sterile food is not what helps us grow into strong healthy adults in my opinion, we need live food to help colonize our guts and develop a robust microbiome. Whatever you ate while pregnant, and eat while breastfeeding your child is already familiar with and has been exposed to, why limit their palate now?



on September 06, 2012
at 08:50 PM

Here's what we did. I'm not an expert, but things seem to be working out well. We didn't have Kresser's healthy baby code, but I did follow most of the ideas.

Around 5 months we started with egg yolks at breakfast. I'd just cook my eggs sunny side up and give him some of the liquid yolk. At 6 months or so we started with real foods. We'd just puree whatever we had for dinner and give that to him. We basically stayed with one new food a week just so we could easily notice any bad reactions. We've done, beef, pork, chicken, avacado, carrots, blue berries, cherries, sweet potatoes. One great time saver is to puree a whole bunch and then put them in an ice cube tray. Then you can pick out cubes and microwave them on demand.

Somewhere around the 8 monthish range we switched to solid foods. Basically at that time he had enough teeth and he no longer liked pureed food and wanted to chew it, so it was an easy transition. Now (almost a year old), I do scrambled eggs in the morning and give him his own to eat with his fingers. He basically has a full egg on his own plus other fruits and veggies as they're in season.

Side notes:

Mom was 100% paleo for about 2 yrs before getting pregnant, and stayed 100% paleo during pregnancy and breast feeding (still feeding a 1 yr but less, usually just to get him sleepy for naps and bed time). He's also been 100% paleo the whole time, no rice cereal, no crackers, nothing with any sugar in it (including fruit juice, I don't want him getting a sweet tooth), pretty much a very strict no cheat paleo diet.

At our 9 month checkup, the doctor was surprised that his growth didn't slow between 6 and 9 months. Apparently it's "normal" for kids to slow growth slightly when solids are introduced and then catch back up. My theory is that the solids are generally rice cereals and they both are non-nutritious and cause gut damage, so there's a time when they're not getting enough nutrients.

The only problems we had is that one day we did a cream (heavy cream) sauce on our chicken, and we normally kept him away from dairy, but forgot and gave him some and it went right through. Also, we tried tomatoes yesterday and they also went right through. So we're going to keep them off the list for a while.

In general, rule has been "kids are just little people" and treat him like that. He eats what we eat, no special kid food. We take him to the scheduled healthy baby checkups just for curiosity and don't actually listen to the doctor (though she does have a degree in anthropology and is pretty open to our crazy ideas).

Also, when they give you size and weight comparisons, make sure they compare against the WHO charts not the US charts. The US charts are biased because most moms don't breast feed and the forumla makes kids fat so the charts are skewed towards obese babies.



on September 06, 2012
at 07:32 PM

You might find this Nourished Baby ebook interesting: http://www.mommypotamus.com/lp/baby-nutrition-ebook-gcheckout/

I haven't read it all yet but got it right after I started Baby Led Weaning with my 6-month-old and it's basically a whole book on how/what/why to feed a paleo/WAPF baby certain foods. Right now my little guy is getting a lot of bone broth, soft-boiled egg yolk with shaved liver, sliced tomatoes (he loves them), peaches, melon, apple, avocado, etc. He also sucks on cooked steak and gnaws chicken on the bone. Next I'm going to try pureeing some stewed meat in bone broth.

Carli's blog also has lots info on feeding a paleo infant, though she also does Baby Led Weaning: http://onefitmom.ca/



on September 06, 2012
at 07:17 PM


on September 06, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Look into baby led weaning. I have a 12 month old and she has been eating whatever I make for meal time since she was 6 months old. She didn't get teeth until she was 8 months old and had no problem chewing up meats, fruits, and veggies. She also fed herself. With baby led weaning you don't have to worry about when to start certain foods. You just give your baby what you feel comfortable feeding him.


on September 07, 2012
at 03:50 AM

I second babbled solids. Much less stress and a lot more fun. We really enjoyed giving him a less seasoned pork rib and just letting him work on it. Even without teeth if you give a baby a big piece of meat they can suck the juices out and get some protein out of it.


on September 06, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I would avoid feeding him raw liver.


on September 06, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Check out Chris Kressler's site http://chriskresser.com/ Healthy Baby Code.

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