Organic Baby

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Organic Baby

Q. Elizabeth Callahan asked “I wanna raise landon veggie/organic. But I dont know if he will be getting everything he needs if I do that. As his doc’s say its time I start him on the baby food meats now. I really dont want to. So I was wondering if maybe you knew anything about raising your baby organic foods/ veggie only.

A. There are two parts to this question. 1)Raising baby on ORGANIC foods 2)Raising baby to be a wee lil vegetarian. Both, would give your baby everything he needs nutritionally, however, the veggie way takes a little more work. If you choose to go this way, do extensive research! Some people would advise against it due to bad cases in the past of parents who were trying to make their babies and kiddos vegans but didn’t do proper research and starved their children or left them malnourished. These cases have left people thinking negatively on parents who choose to raise their children to be vegetarian and vegan thinking they are being cruel to their child. The PROPER diet for both is healthy however.

Lets start with ORGANIC baby foods. I myself choose to do organic with Seth, as I don’t want harmful pesticides, additives, and unneeded stuff in my little guys food. I enjoy making my own homemade baby food from certified organic fruits and veggies but I also enjoy a few other brands found in stores. I’m going to list a few brands I love and where you can find them near you.

Earths Best STORE LOCATOR FOUND HERE: CLICK TO FIND ONE NEAR YOU I buy these at Target and Babies R US

Earths Best has a wide range of products for your baby! Here’s a few:

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* 100% nutritionally complete
* Iron fortified
* Easy to digest
* Meets all FDA requirements for infant nutrition
* Kosher certified
* USDA organic
* No growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids or potentially harmful pesticides or herbicides

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* USDA organic: no growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids or potentially harmful pesticides or herbicides
* No added salt, sugar
* No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives
* No modified food starch
* No concentrates
* Kosher certified

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* USDA organic: no growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids or potentially harmful pesticides or herbicides
* Good source of calcium
* No added salt, sugar
* No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives
* Kosher certified
* Individually wrapped in packs of two

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Their line of baby foods is really unique and Seth loves them! Check out the ingredients list for the 3 jars above.

1st Apples: Organic apples, ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

2nd Gourmet Meals – Sweet Pea Turkey Wild Rice: Water, Organic Sweet Peas, Organic Finely Ground Turkey, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Organic Wild Rice Flour

3rd Soups – Butternut Squash Bisque: Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Apples, Water, Organic Ground Chicken, Organic Cream (From Milk), Organic Whole Oat Flour

These are just infant foods they also have toddler foods, and big kid foods! Another great thing about Earths Best is they have coupons FOUND HERE

Ella’s Kitchen STORE LOCATOR: CLICK HERE I find these at Babies R US and recently won an online giveaway for these!

Ella’s Kitchen is yet another unique brand! These are neat combinations you wont find too often! Here’s the Ella’s Kitchen Foods:

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The Stage 1 baby food range is a completely different concept in baby food, bringing together minimally processed, carefully chosen organic natural fruits and vegetables including many superfoods and extremely convenient and easy packaging.

They’re simply 100% organic fruit and vegetables, with nothing to dilute their goodness – not even water.

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smoothie fruits

They’re made from 100% crushed organic fruit, totally undiluted with water, juices or concentrates, and are sold individually and in multi-packs of 5 pouches designed to cover the 5 days of the school week – each pouch being perfect for a lunch box or break time snack. Smoothie Fruits are also fabulous when used in all sorts of cooking.

They have sourced all of their fruit from organic farms because they passionately believe that reducing the number of pesticides we put into our children’s bodies is a hugely important issue.

Here’s a link they provide for why you should eat organic: CLICK

Plum Organics LOCATE STORE: HERE I find these at Target or Babies R US

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Stage 1:
JUST fruits are a perfect first food introduction for your budding eater. Simple fruit purees with smooth textures offer your baby the very best flavors and nutrition. Using only organic fruit and nothing else, the gently cooked fruits are naturally preserved in a convenient, resealable pouch that’s perfect for flexible portions.

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Stage2:
Using only organic fruits and vegetables, our unique recipes are gently cooked to preserve nutrients.

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Fruity Fingerfuls:
Two snacks in one, our Fruity Fingerfuls™ are a balanced blend of freeze dried fruit and whole grains. Perfect for little fingers, these no mess pieces quickly dissolve into soft bites.

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Fiddlesticks:
Gluten-free snack sticks in tot friendly flavors. Incorporating fruit and veggies for extra nutrition, Fiddlesticks™ are the perfect snack for extra energy for your on-the-go toddler.

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Mish Mash:
Squeezable fruit purees in tot friendly flavors. Parents will love MishMash™ for its convenience and portability, and toddlers will love the yummy flavors and of course, squeezing it themselves.

* 100% organic pureed fruits & veggies
* no added sugar, juice, colors or flavors
* real homemade textures & flavors
*child-safe cap, reseals for flexible portions
* convenient portable pouch
* BPA-free packaging

CURRENT COUPON FOR THESE: HERE

There are a lot of other brands but I’ll leave the list with these three for now.

Onto Veggie baby.

I’ll start with Vegan, they dont eat any animal products no cheese, butter, eggs, meat of any kind including chicken and fish.

Mashed fruits and veggies are usually the stage one foods and what you first feed your kiddo along with cereals which are vegan friendly.

Keep Kids Healthy Lists foods to feed Vegan children:

* Spaghetti with tomato sauce
* Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
* Chicken-Free nuggets (soy protein nuggets that taste just like breaded chicken)
* Baked french fries with ketchup
* Burgers, hot dogs and sandwich slices made of tofu and other meat substitutes
* Whole wheat bread (3-4 slices each day)
* Grilled soy cheese sandwiches
* Mashed potatoes
* Veggie pizzas with soy cheese
* Oatmeal with apples and cinnamon
* Pancakes with pure maple syrup
* Waffles with fruit
* Barley and vegetable soup
* Romaine lettuce salad
* Vegetables, including green leafy and deep yellow vegetables
* Baked potato with broccoli and tofu sour cream (non dairy)
* Rice and beans
* Vegetable stew
* Spinach lasagna
* Calcium-fortified orange juice
* Calcium-fortified soy milk (3 cups each day).
* Iron-fortified cereal with calcium-fortified soy milk
* supplements: a vegan multivitamin to provide Vitamin B12 and zinc, and extra iron and calcium

Snacks:

* Fruits, cut up into bite sized pieces for children under 4 (4-5 1/2 cup servings with at least 2 servings of citrus fruit or juice each day)
* Raisins
* Trail mix
* Applesauce
* Fresh berries and sorbet (all fruit without sugar)
* Fruit smoothies
* Popcorn
* Vegans can’t eat white sugar, and most candy is made with it. But there are some vegan chocolate companies that make some good stuff, and a gummy bear substitute that isn’t bad made with fruit juice. Vegan cakes, donuts, cookies, and pies are abundant though.

AGAIN DO RESEARCH INTO THIS IF YOU CHOOSE VEGAN

Onto Vegetarian Babies

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Good reading: New Vegetarian Baby Find it on Amazon: HERE

GrizzlyBirds.blogspot.com Posted about Raising a Healthy Vegetarian Baby or Toddler! This is a great post and informative!

A bit from the post:
The major caveat in raising a healthy, happy, vegetarian baby is that you have to expand the kind of items you put on your grocery list. You need to start buying the exotic goods staring out at you from the bulk bins in your health food store or co-op of choice. The other major caveat is that you have to learn how to cook. No more sandwiches for both of your two meals a day, no more a slice of pizza here and some french fries there. If you can manage both these tasks, you can raise your vegetarian baby just fine. READ MORE

I was looking over their comments and a reader suggested this site: Peas of Mind Find a store near you: HERE

Peas of Mind Puffets provide a needed option for health-concious parents who want to feed their growing kids delicious meals with organic ingredients, but dont have the time to make them from scratch. READ MORE ABOUT

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1 bag contains 9 servings of fruits & veggies! (per USDA guidelines)

Ingredients: Apple, Dehydrated Potato (potatoes, mono and diglycerides, sodium acid pyrophosphate [vegetable emulsifiers,] and citric acid [added to keep fresh,]) Water, Cinnamon, Baking Powder (sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate,) Sea Salt.

A new and innovative way for your family to enjoy veggies! Just tell ’em they’re fries!

Crispy without the added oil and sodium of regular fries

Low in sodium, we feel it is your choice to add the salt if you choose!

Check out all their other neat snacks! HERE

JUST A FEW THINGS TO LOOK INTO WITH A VEGETARIAN BABY.

Here are a few articles to read: LEARN

My tips:

*Find a supportive pediatrician. Unfortunately most may not agree with your decisions on making your lil one a veggie baby. Find one that will work with you and help you meet your kiddos needs.

*Vegetarian babies can eat anything anyone else can–except meat products.

*There are substitutes for every meat or dairy item if you wish to exclude those as well, most made from soy or even rice

*Give your kiddo a balanced nutritious diet, don’t be ignorant if you choose to make your child vegan or vegetarian it is imperative that you do your homework on this!

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I myself am raising Seth to eat meat, due to conflicting opinions between my hubby and I, we see it this way, Seth can choose what he wants when he’s old enough to choose, however any meat he does eat later on in the future will be free range, not factory processed, and Seth eats ONLY Organics!

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