Paleo parents - What were your baby's first solid foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 04, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I'm not a parent but I found this article to be interesting:

New Health Canada Guidelines Advise Meat as Baby First Food

Here's a chunk of the article:

Rice cereal is never a healthy first food for babies. Not only is it an extremely high glycemic food when eaten alone (spikes the blood sugar) but it also contains ample amounts of double sugar (disaccharide) molecules, which are extremely hard for such an immature digestive system to digest. The small intestine of a baby mostly produces only one carbohydrate enzyme, lactase, for digestion of the lactose in milk. It produces little to no amylase, the enzyme needed for grain digestion until around age one.

Now, at least one governmental body is waking up to the harmful notion of feeding baby cereal grains as the ???ideal??? first food.

Health Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Pediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada has recently issued new guidelines for transitioning a baby to solid food and two of the first weaning foods recommended?

Meat and eggs!

While these new guidelines are certain to rile vegetarian and vegan groups, the fact is that meat and eggs are indeed perfect first foods for a baby. Not only are these animal foods extremely easy to digest compared with cereal grains, but they also supply iron right at the time when a baby???s iron stores from birth start to run low.

The inclusion of meat in these guidelines is in line with the wisdom of Ancestral Cultures which frequently utilized animal foods for weaning. A traditional first food in African cultures is actually raw liver which the mother would pre-chew in small amounts and then feed to her child.

I like the myth busting revelation that meat can be easier to digest than grains. Rabid vegans often claim the opposite.

Paleo parents - What do you think of this article? What were your baby's first solid foods?

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on October 04, 2012
at 04:23 PM

My baby's first food (and still at almost 1 year her favorite food) was egg yolks. At first, I soft boiled them for 4 minutes and spoon fed them to her. Later, I pan fried them in coconut oil or other fat and chopped them into small pieces for her to pick up (I offer her the whites too but she discards them.

Mashed avocado was another first food, and now she eats slices of it with the peel still on (giving her something to hold on to).

At first I would saute some veggies and add it to a slow cooker with meat and water or broth, then puree everything and spoon feed it to her. However she is very independent and quickly rejected the spoon in favor of picking things up herself (around 9 mo I think).

Now I give her ground beef, chicken or fish cut up into small pieces, all kinds of fruits (she likes to gnaw on big slices even though she does have teeth yet), and well cooked vegetables cut up into small pieces (these are not her favorite, and she will only pick at them when everything else on her plate is gone). I also cook her organ meats (grass fed beef liver and heart) from time to time and she loves these. Sometimes she gets larger pieces of meat (like a strip of steak or a chicken leg) to gnaw on.

In preparation for weaning her (though that will still probably be a while) I am trying to incorporate bone broths in her menu.

The book Super Nutrition for Babies: The Right Way to Feed Your Baby for Optimal Health has some good ideas (first foods recommended in the book are egg yolks cooked as above and sauteed liver).

A photo of my & her breakfast this morning:



on October 20, 2012
at 12:01 AM

My daughter (now 13 months) started with egg yolk. She now eats everything we eat. I just ignore the doc's recommendations of cereal, milk (she does do raw milk), etc. She's never had cereal. Loves bacon (she even does a bacon dance lol), liver, blueberries, green veggies, and coconut butter.


on October 04, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I did baby led weaning with my daughter. She started "eating" solid food around 5.5 months. She didn't really get much in her mouth until around 6 months. I just fed her whatever I cooked for meal times. I didn't mash or puree her food either. I just cut meat small enough for her to be able to chew it good. She didn't get teeth until 8 months and never had a problem chewing meat.


on October 20, 2012
at 04:09 AM

I started my daughter on egg yolk. I wasn't paleo yet, but I had read a few things and decided that was the healthiest option. Rice cereal never seemed like the best move to me, but we did do some of that, too.

Honestly, her favorite food was a pickle. She'd just suck on a pickle all day if I let her. She still loves pickles.

Now as a toddler the go-to lunch is ground beef and cottage cheese. Ground lamb is even better. In general, I feed my daughter whatever my wife and I are eating. If she doesn't want it, she gets yogurt. She loves plain, high-fat yogurt.

She never cared much for avocados. I can't figure out why.



on October 04, 2012
at 05:00 PM

My little one has never had trouble eating meat. She is a bacon fanatic, but who isn't? She started out on grass-fed ground beef, steak cut up into small pieces, vegetables, apples, bananas, and eggs. She loves the potatoes I make (cut up like fries, tossed in bacon grease with garlic and onion powder, and baked) and dark chocolate. Not a fan of dairy at all. Except mine.


on January 13, 2013
at 12:24 PM

At about six months my daughter had egg yolks, yam and avocado as her first solid foods. I was very into WAPF at the time, so I believe these are foods they recommended, though I can't remember as it was nine years ago. She also loved the pickled ginger that comes with sushi. I do remember something in Nourishing Traditions about the egg yolks being especially important for the developing brain.



on January 13, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Steph 3 months is WAY too early. Here's a good read. http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/delay-solids/


on October 20, 2012
at 07:35 AM

Pastured egg yolk but it made him barf like crazy. He couldn't actually handle egg yolks until he was almost 14 months old. His real first food was a meaty lamb chop bone. I also used to make him ripe banana put in to the food processor with a few spoonfuls of the cream off the top of my coconut milk +coconut oil or butter until it made a banana mousse. Did something similar with carrots too. His favorite, for a good long while though was either beef or lamb on the bone. Kid was constantly knawing on meaty bones. He liked his cod liver oil too. Now at almost 2 he's become very picky, but he was a very adventurous from 8months to 18 months. hahaha



on January 26, 2013
at 02:32 AM

With my first child, I was still on a SAD and just did what everyone said so his first food was the evil rice cereal. With the second two, I learned more and they started with eggs, bananas, avocado and whatever else we eat. I have always done delayed solids, #1 @ 8 months, #2 @ 10 months and #3 @ 9 months. I prechew meats, but they can handle most everything else.



on January 13, 2013
at 05:48 PM

My baby's first food was rice cereal and she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 2. Please don't give rice cereal to your baby, I didn't know any better at the time. :(


on January 10, 2013
at 10:39 PM

I like all your posts, I have a 3 months old baby and I was wondering at what time I could introduce solids? I made some pumkin soup the other day and I let him suck some of my finger and he loved it! Isnt it a bit early 3 months?

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