Tag Archives: Toddler Foods

Favorite Finds Friday: Pouches

Since eating actual vegetables was very short-lived with my son, we are currently so thankful for pouches! While there are many great companies out there, our two favorites right now are Earth’s Best and Gerber.

Some of our favorites include:

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See more here:

Earth’s Best Puree Pouches

Gerber – Organic Baby Food Options


While we still try to give actual vegetables, I find comfort in knowing that my son is getting these nutrients through other products like these.   Therefore, we smile on with veggies and fruits in our bellies…

Favorite Finds Friday

My favorite find for this week is TJ’s first real cereal, Original Kix cereal. Like I posted earlier this week, because of TJ’s multiple food allergies, finding breakfast foods that he will and can eat has been the most challenging. It has been a full week since we were first able to safely and successfully introduce the first real cereal to his diet. He continues to enjoy it and his body is still doing wonderfully with it. Although this may not seem like much, it is such an amazing thing to see TJ snacking on and eating something that other kids his age are enjoying as well.  It is even a greater feeling when he sees the Kix box and starts reaching for it, excited to eat something!  There have not been very many foods that he has done that for.

However, before introducing every new food or product, there are steps that we take to try to ensure TJ’s utmost safety. So once again we play detective …

DETECTIVE

Step 1) We did our own initial research about the ingredients. After reading the label, it appeared that it did not contain anything TJ was allergic to. Kix contained mostly corn ingredients.

PUFFS

Step 2) Emailed and check with both our pediatrician and allergist asking if it was a safe food for him. Both approved!

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Step 3) While we waited for their email responses, we researched more on our own especially since the box was not labeled gluten-free. We read gluten-free websites/blogs including the following one and asked other moms/parents.

http://www.adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com/2012/03/all-about-gluten-free-cereal/

*It is important to note once again that everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and products. For example, one mom who I spoke with had a son with almost the exact same allergies as TJ. However, her son’s mouth would get itchy from Kix. What works for one person as a safe food does not mean it will work for the next.

Step 4) Introduce slowly and with caution. Be optimistically cautious. The first day I gave TJ four Kix puffs.  Then, watched him.   With a few minutes, he had a red spot on his forehead so I did not give any more that day.   Since he had been playing, his skin may have been irritated by an environmental factor due to his dermographism. Then, we tried it again another day with success and continued this introduction for a full week.  It was a success!

CELEBRATE

To conclude, thank you General Mills for your creating Kix, a cereal that TJ can eat despite his allergies. Because I know God is working within TJ and guiding our steps, we are beyond thankful for this product and continue to smile on…


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Favorite Finds Friday – Sam Mills Corn Pasta

When we met with a nutritionist about TJ’s restricted diet and low iron levels in May, there were several areas of nutrition that TJ was lacking in. We were instructed that between the ages of 1-3, toddlers like TJ should try to follow the tentative plan below for a balanced diet.

NUTRITION VALUES - FOOD ALLERGIES

DIRECT LINK TO DOCUMENT:

https://web.emmes.com/study/cofar/NUTRITIONALISSUES_FOODALLERGY.pdf

SOURCE:

http://www.cofargroup.org/


TJ was never lacking in the milk area, drinking breast milk for 13.5 months then switching to a toddler soy formula. Both of which he has always loved.

Milk or Milk Substitute Group   √


For the most part, his safe fruits and veggies that he was tested for have also never been a problem.  For now, we have taken more of a conservative approach to introducing foods, only giving TJ foods he has tested negative for through blood work. While blood work is not a 100% accurate way of determining whether or not someone is allergic to a specific food, so far with TJ it has been the safest way to go.

Fruit & Vegetable Group    √


Over the course of the summer, we were able to increase his meat intake, adding fat to that by using refined organic canola oil in his meatball mixture.  He also gets added fat through eating avocado almost every day which I have also heard helps to restore good bacteria in one’s gut.

Meat & Fat Group   √


This leaves us the group of grains. Having allergies to wheat, oats, barley, rye, eggs, dairy, sesame, nuts, peanuts, and coconut makes this extremely difficult.  TJ will also not eat the allergen free waffles and pancakes we have made for him nor will he eat regular rice. To add to that, TJ spit up the Rice Chex cereal we gave him months ago. (We will try again soon since he was younger then and had some issues with textures so it may have been more of a gag reflex.)

The only source of grains he would eat for months was Happy Baby puffs. Therefore, we would sneak grains into his jars of baby food from months 10- 16, adding organic buckwheat baby cereal or Earth’s Best infant rice cereal. But what I have already learned about babies and toddlers is that what works one month, week, day, or moment does not mean it will work the next. Nothing is set in stone. They like to keep us on our toes.

Now,  TJ is refusing those foods with ” hidden” grains, but I can’t blame him for that at all. He will still snack on puffs all day long; however, he needs more. Thankfully, Sam Mills’ Corn Pasta for Kids came to our rescue a couple months ago. Over the past couple of weeks, TJ has begun to really enjoy this product made by Sam Mills which definitely helps his lunches and dinners become more balanced. Heck, maybe we should try some for breakfast?!?

Grain Group   √(for now)

PASTA

While I know tomorrow this may change, right now I am grateful to have yet another safe product and great company for TJ so we eat and smile on…

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