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Ok, so I've never posted here before but I have a little bit of a situation and I want to get some insight from other mommies!!! Here we go...
Brinlee Addisyn is 9 months old. She is either eating size 3 jars of food or some of the Gerber graduates.... either entrees or the diced foods and meat sticks. She also gets puffs to snack on and will eat the biter biscuits and zweiback toast. She recently tried the Gerber graduates Garden Mashers and loved them as well. She gets toast and she loves bananas too. Everyone thinks I'm a really anal mother (and I probably am!) but I don't want her to have anything that has sugar added to it or just junk food in general. For instance I do not want her to have pudding, jelly on her toast or chips. I won't let her taste cake or ice cream at birthday parties (her own birthday will be different I suppose), and I will not allow anyone to feed her any sort of food off their plates. I don't want her to taste soda or anything else. I even water down her juice to like 3/4 water and 1/4 juice instead of 1/2 and 1/2. Her father (my husband) and I also eat a lot of fast food (bad, I know!) but I will not let her taste it or even have a french fry. I know that none of this stuff I have mentioned will hurt her... but I don't want her to get liking the taste of all this sweet stuff, junk food, or fast food and then not eat her healthy stuff. And because her father and I don't eat good like we are supposed to, I am a firm believer of "Do as I say, not as I do." with this situation.
Is what I'm doing wrong (as far as not letting her have these things) or am I doing the right thing? I know that this is my child and I have the right to raise her as I please... but people just look at me funny when they ask to give her something and I say no! And I'm also so paranoid that the in-laws (her grandparents) are going to give her stuff behind my back because they think that since they are the grandparents, they have the right to spoil her rotten and give her anything they please. I don't agree with that at all!!!!!
Any comments, suggestions, or anything else are more than welcome!!!
I think it is fine if you want her to stick to the basics for now. I am not going to give Emery sugar until he is over 1 year old (I am going to avoid fruit as long as possible even). It is my hope that this will lessen his sweet tooth in childhood. But I am a strong believer that modeling behavior is far more important. Now is a great time to start changing your eating habits which I think will effect you child’s eating habits far more then restricting sugar in infancy.
As for other people, just get a one-liner when people question your motives…and lie if you wish. Like: “Her pediatrician prefers her not to have excess salt or added sugar until she is 2”. Or: “Sugar gives her diarrhea so we are avoiding it until she is much older”. If you get defensive, people might push you more on it, just say it like it is a plan and you know what you are doing.
Girl, you're the mommy! I think you're doing a fantastic job raising her! I don't think that there's any reason she SHOULD be getting anything non-nutritious at this point. I know what you mean though, most people treat me the same way too. I was even going to make her an organic b-day cake, but I decided against it because too many people were disgusted at the thought of her not being able to enjoy the 'first chocolate cake' time. I'll let her then, but I'm not about to go out and buy her a bag of chips and let her chug a soda! Sometimes, I wonder why other people feel the need to parent others kids.
3/4 water to 1/4 juice is what my doc. recommends, and no orange juice or apple juice. Too young for orange, apple has no nutrients basically. She recommends like prune juice! He gobbles it up. You are doing the right thing. Hopefully you can incorporate some healthy changes into your own diet, you can only do as I say, not as I do for so long. THAT is the challenge! (my challenge at least).
Good luck, and keep it up!
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