Starting Solids For Your Toddler
Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Thinking of starting #solids with your baby? It's an exciting milestone, but conflicting advice can make it confusing. Start with #nutrient-dense foods that compliment your #milk and build up to wholesome, #nourishing #meals that your child thrives on.
You decide the right time to start solids. Some “solid readiness” signs aren't actually a sign that your baby wants or needs solids. All babies grab and mouth things; it doesn't mean that they need food.
If your baby thrusts his or her #tongue out when you try and put food in, it's a good sign that it's too early for starting solids. This tongue thrusting reflex is a defense mechanism to protect your baby. If you feed your baby a solid and it causes a lot of #spitting up, or if it passes through the #stool #undigested, your baby may not be ready for solids yet.
However, when you do decide it is the right time, you also need to keep in mind the bowl or plate you feed your baby from. Most baby bowls nowadays are made of chemical laden plastic or are just not that sterile. This can easily lead to food poisoning with baby's delicate immune system or other long term health hazards.
Why you should not feed your baby from Plastic containers?
With escalating rates of childhood illness these days, it is more important than ever to be careful about what you feed your child, from day one. Babies are already born at considerable risk due to the toxic load of their mothers. Some of this is from exposure to plastics and the contaminants present therein, such as BPA (Bisphenol A). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detected BPA in the urine of 95 percent of people tested.
In 2009, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found an average of 287 toxins, including BPA, mercury, fire retardants, and pesticides, in the umbilical cord blood of American infants. If your baby is exposed to numerous toxic compounds in utero, it lengthens the period of exposure to carcinogens, thereby making your child more susceptible to Cancer and other diseases later in life.
This underscores the importance of minimizing your child's risk for exposure to toxic compounds in the foods you feed him.
Now, baby food manufacturers are compounding the problem by suggesting that busy moms feed their toddlers highly processed food sold in convenient plastic tubs. As if that isn't enough, you microwave it first, further destroying and denaturing its nutritional value and promoting leaching of toxic chemicals right out of the plastic and into your baby's meal.
Please Remember: Microwave Ovens and Plastics Don't Mix
One of the greatest concerns about microwave ovens is what happens to plastics and the food they contain when you heat them in this way. When you put "microwave safe" plastic into your microwave oven, you're not going to see it bubble or melt, or see sparks fly or smell toxic fumes. You won't see or taste plastic particles in your food. As the microwave heats the plastic, the chemical bonds break silently and invisibly. If your plastic is scratched or worn, the degradation is worse.
So, as long as you stick to "BPA-free" plastics, you're okay, right?
Not necessarily so, according to what researcher and BPA expert Frederic vom Saal of the University of Missouri has discovered during his decade of research. Vom Saal states, "There is no such thing as microwavable plastic." His studies revealed leaching of BPA from all plastics tested.
So what do we do now?
One great option is the Bunzuu™ Organic Bamboo Spill Safe Baby Food Bowl and Silicone Spoon Set, which is not only spill safe and mess free with its amazing suction base, but is also made of organic Bamboo and is paired with matching food grade soft silicone tip spoon which is completely plastic free, BPA free, lead free and the best option to ensure good health for your baby.
With this baby food bowl , feeding your toddler will be mess free, stress free, and a lot more fun :)