One year ago I started this adventure of Real Babies Eat Real Food because I was making homemade food for my son and posting what I was making on Facebook. I kept getting questions about recipes and thought it would be easier to just put them all in one place and to share it with the world. So thank you readers and followers for sharing this place with your friends, your pediatricians, your parents, your children, your grand children, thank you for making homemade food and for allowing me to continue to share things with you. Also thank you to my husband, my carpool (he is a friend too, but he gets his own shout out), my family, and my friends.
I can honestly say that I never in my life said to myself "hey maybe I'll be a baby food guru when I grow up". When I was younger I wanted to be a lawyer... then I worked for lawyers, now I am edging towards Accounting, but the bigger this gets, the more followers I get the more I want this to be my future. Through this place, through my son, through you, I have found something that I am passionate about. I really am a full-time working mom, working to pay my bills for my family just like the rest of America. I work 35+ hours a week, sometimes even 60 hours a week, but this was just something I always made time for.
I started making my son's food because of economic reasons going back to the fact that I was unable to breastfeed him due to a medical reason that would pass through my milk supply, so I was paying an arm and a leg for formula and couldn't afford another cost. I also thought to myself, well I can't breastfeed, let me give him something else that I can do for him, and that was make his baby food myself. It turned out to save me a lot of money, and as I said above, has turned into something I truly love doing. Now my brain says "How can I make this into something for a baby?". Or I will read something and think to myself "man I cant wait to share this with Real Babies Eat Real Food."
Every family needs to do what is best for them, and just because I do something, and write about it here does not mean that it is best for you. If you feel that way then by all means do what you need to do. The first year is hard, you are tired all the time and you cannot think how you will squeeze in just one more thing to do. I remember it very well, it was not so long ago. In fact my 18 month old still doesn't sleep through the night. So if you feel that way, no one is going to yell at you for not making your own baby food, babies who eat commercial food are fine, just like the ones who drink formula, they are all fine, so long as they are loved. You know what is best for your child and never let anyone tell you otherwise.This blog is meant to share with those that want to know.
The title of this blog, Real Babies Eat Real Food came to me after playing around with different titles. There is a lot going around about "Real Food" and what it is, knowing where your food comes from, eating as few processed foods as you can, things that many adults try and do, so I wanted to take that concept that is so familiar to so many adults and show that it is applicable to babies and children as well. I remember being pregnant and seeing a can of cheese, yes a can, at a chain pharmacy and the first thing I said to myself was "why would you give your kid a can of cheese, its cheese, go to the grocery store and buy yourself a block of cheese". I then looked at the shelves at other stores and realized that many of these commercial baby food makers think that we do not have the ability to know what to feed our children. We turn to them to find out when the right time to feed them is, what to feed, how much to feed, but they are not our childrens' pediatricians or parents, they are big companies that want your money. Commercial baby food started out as those jars for babies and now has grown into products for children ages 2+. They are convenience foods, they are good for on the go, but these companies would like to see you feed them to your kids everyday. You are your childrens' role models, so teach them that an apple is real food, that apples do not come in flavored rings all the time. Make it fun, get them in the kitchen.
Lastly, our First Lady, regardless of what you feel about her husband, Michelle Obama is an amazing First Lady. She gets out there and shows America what it is to eat Real Food, to get active, to grow a garden, have as few steps from ground to your mouth as possible. I was so excited as you recall when her cookbook came out I got it immediately. I am so inspired by her actions and her speeches. Thank you Mrs. Obama for striving to make our children healthy.
I hope you continue reading and following Real Babies Eat Real Food as I have big plans for the second year. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting me on this adventure.
To get your mouths drooling by the way I am working on a new puree of Mango, Carrots, and Coconut milk... I am tweeking it before I share it with you so it is just right for your little ones. The winner of the Fresh Baby Contest will be announced tomorrow morning. There is still time to enter. Good luck!