Celebrity parents have recently put a spotlight on a few alternative and, some say, extreme parenting practices and philosophies. Blossom star Mayim Bialik released a book on attachment parenting, admitting to co-sleeping and diaper-less potty training. Alicia Silverstone of Clueless posted a video on her blog, in which she chewed food and then placed the masticated morsels into her son’s mouth. And Mad Men beauty January Jones made headlines for saying she ate her own placenta (albeit, in pill form) to keep away postpartum depression. Jones recommended all new moms should try it, noting that humans are the only mammals that don’t eat their placenta after giving birth. Each publicity-garnering revelation caused opposition from various camps; they’ve also helped to put alternative parenting practices into the forefront. But hundreds of miles from Hollywood, the best way to handle these trends is to ignore the celebrities and work with your doctor, mid-wife or doula when considering pre-mastication, attachment parenting
A Little Help
You’ve heard of wedding planners. You’ve heard of event planners. But baby planners? Colorado is now home to several certified baby planners and maternity concierge services—Sweet Pea Baby Planners, Hello World Baby Planning and Maternity Concierge and WeePlan Baby Planner—and after years of popularity in places like LA, New York and Europe. Offerings include baby gear education, nursery organization and design, multiples preparation and even creating personal birth plans.
Baby Food…Your Way
It turns out, having a Colorado baby in the spring is perfect when it comes to introducing solid foods: apples, pears, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash are all perfect for a tiny baby’s developing tummy and palate.
Our associate editor, whose daughter Devyn turned 1 this spring, had subscribed to a CSA, and when she had trouble keeping up with the bushels of produce coming through her kitchen every week, she started tossing it into the food processor and into ice cube trays, churning out gem-toned building blocks of nutrition in every color of the rainbow: red and golden beets, pale creamy turnips, bright green zucchini and yellow summer squash, orange and purple carrots and deep scarlet plums. Since then, Devyn has embraced homemade apple and pear sauce, mashed avocados and creamy baked sweet potatoes. Boggs, like many a Colorado mom, is taking her love of locally grown food and organics to her baby’s diet. Here are some tips from WholesomeBabyFood.com:
1. Always consult your pediatrician prior to beginning any new food for your infant.
2. Consult a solid food chart for information regarding what foods to introduce to baby
3. Follow the four-day wait rule when introducing a new food to baby—offer your baby the same new food for four days to test for allergies to that food. Introduce only one food at a time to watch for reactions and determine if baby likes it.
4. Use very clean hands, clean cooking utensils, preparation surfaces, pots/pans etc. when making and preparing homemade baby food.
5. Keep trying! All babies have different taste and texture preferences. If your baby doesn’t like a food, try again in a few weeks with a different preparation of that food.