As a new mother, I was concerned about the fillers, additives, and residual pesticides in commercially-available baby food and decided to be pro-active about feeding my little one. I breastfed and made my own baby cereals, food purees and even finger foods from organic and (when available) local produce. It wasn’t difficult to do but times it was labor intensive. I did A LOT of washing, chopping, steaming, baking and peeling. Like the time I brought home 3 dozen organic locally-grown apples because it was the end of the season. SHEW!
For what it’s worth, our babysitter commented that my daughter was noticeably happier, healthier, and less gassy than the other babies at daycare and that her “poop didn’t stink”. Smelly poop was the least of my concerns. Being called the happiest, healthiest baby at daycare by a woman with no medical background or pediatric credentials but twenty years of experience watching young children? Sure, I’ll take that!
Personally, I found great joy in preparing her foods knowing that much of what she ate came from our garden and the end result was filled with a lot of love (hence the name “pureelove”). Pureelove is not an endorsement for any particular weaning style. For me, it’s the mindset of wanting to do all that you can to give the very best to your child, something all parents can agree on. 🙂