Video: First Food for Baby

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist February 2, 2012

What is the best first food for baby?  This is a question all parents inevitably ask and the answer given by most pediatricians is rice cereal.

Unfortunately, any grain based food is not a good idea for children only a few months old as a baby’s immature digestive system does not produce sufficient amylase, the enzyme required for digestion of carbohydrates.  The fact that rice cereal is gluten free makes no difference whatsoever – rice is still a carbohydrate and therefore very difficult for babies to handle digestively.

Incomplete digestion of rice cereal guarantees putrefaction in the gut leading to an imbalance of digestive flora and the potential for allergies and other autoimmune illness to develop down the road.

If not rice cereal, then what?

In this video lesson, I show you how to prepare the perfect first food for your baby around 4-6 months of age:   egg yolk.  

While egg white should not be given to babies under a year old, the egg yolk supplies critical brain building cholesterol and fatty acids that will reward you with a child who speaks at an early age.   All 3 of my children were speaking short, yet complete sentences by a year old and I attribute this not only to extended breastfeeding but also to the brain building nutrients supplied by their early first foods as practiced by Traditional Societies.

Egg Yolk For Baby

Ingredients

1 egg, preferably organic and pastured/free range

1/2 tsp grated raw organic liver (frozen for 14 days to ensure safety) – optional

*Dessicated liver capsules or powder may be substituted for the raw grated liver if a clean, local source of organ meats is not available.

Instructions

Boil the egg for 3 1/2 minutes.  Crack the egg open (no need to peel) and carefully place the soft egg yolk into a bowl.  Discard the shell and the egg white.

Stir in the optional liver (grated while still frozen is the easiest method).

Serve baby a taste or two building slowly over days and weeks as tolerated.

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Nourishing Traditions

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Comments (158)

  1. Hi Sarah, I was wondering how often should i feed my 5 month old egg yolk. Everyday, every other day or twice a day? So far he has one yolk a day and absolutely loves it. Seems to me that he could eat another one but i hesitate and just stick to one yolk a day. Also my mother has been giving me a hard time trying to convince me that i am damaging my babys health by feeding him yolk everyday and it should only be consumes two, three times a week. If you could please specify I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for the post.

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  2. I was a huge Western Price fan too but this is dangerous. We know better now. I gave my 8 month old organic grass fed egg yolk prepared like you said and he vomited five times after 2 bites and passed out. At 1 year of age I learned he now has a egg allergy. I cant imagine that the two events would not be connected.

    Science is more advanced now and although I love WP and I believe he was very forward thinking I just don’t think this is safe. Please don’t try this. Learn from me.

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    • I did it for my son, still do, and he is a thriving 19 month old. Just because there was a freak reaction does not mean it is dangerous. What if that reaction was after a first bite of rice cereal? Would that make rice cereal dangerous? Your comment is pretty suspicious.

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    • Anyone can be allergic to anything, even very healthy things. That’s why it’s important to give baby new foods one at a time so you can see if baby has a reaction. If baby is allergic, then don’t give baby the food he is allergic to. My kids are very sensitive and we have had great improvement with food allergies using NAET. Two of my three babies did fine on egg yolk. One of them had a very slight reaction, we got him treating for it with NAET and now he is fine and also likes the egg yolk. I’ve also heard of babies throwing up on egg yolk after vaccines when before they handled it fine.

      My kids have been very allergic to super healthy things that others don’t have a problem with. It doesn’t mean the foods are bad, my kids just didn’t handle them well. So, we do the NAET treatment to help their bodies process things better.

      Your infant is not going to develop an egg allergy by eating egg yolks. They either have the allergy already or they do not. Now, they can certainly develop food allergies after vaccines though. Sometimes when we get older, we can eat certain foods that bothered us as infants because we produce more hormones. Sometimes the allergy is very severe and it will not go away with time on it’s own.

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  3. Sarah,

    I, like many others that have commented on this post have given our children the soft boiled egg and have had them vomiting every time it was introduced. Even though all guidelines were followed, many have had trouble with this approach. I would LOVE to give my daughter (9 mo) the soft boiled yolk, but she has vomited at least on two separate occasions after eating it at 6 mo. so I am hesitant. First I thought it might be because I didnt remove all the white, but I was very careful the next times and it still happened. Echoing another reader: Is the vomiting a sign of an allergy? Have I now induced an egg allergy? How long should a parent wait before reintroducing? Why not cooked yolks? At what age do you personally recommend cooked yolks? Where’s your evidence (other than anecdotal)?
    Sarah can you comment on this please? You advise and influence so many readers. We would appreciate some feedback on these issues.
    Thank you!!!

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    • Allison Herrick July 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Karise, if your baby has thrown up after the egg yolk on multiple occasions, then your baby is allergic to egg yolk and I would recommend not giving it to her. Look into NAET, it works great for food allergies and has been very helpful for my family. Hard cooking the yolk denatures it. Research this more on Dr. Mercola’s website at http://www.mercola.com. I do cook my egg yolk, just not to very hard boiled. I fill my pan with eggs, (it holds about 13 small eggs), top with cold water, put a lid on, when the lid starts to shake that means it’s boiling, I turn the fire off and let it sit with the lid on about 2 minutes in the boiling water before transferring to ice water to stop the cooking. Depending on the size of the eggs I will do it 1.5 minutes to 3 minutes.

      Eating egg yolk doesn’t cause egg allergies. The allergy is there or it is not. Although vaccines can cause egg allergies.

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  4. Hi Sarah,
    If I have had blood tests done and know I am allergic to eggs (they didn’t separate the white and yolk in testing) do you think it would be okay to give yolks to my son?

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  5. Thank you so much for this video! For the very first time she happy ate her egg yolks…all of it. She loves the taste of soft boiled eggs. Amazing. Very grateful :-)

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  6. Hello, I have been giving my 4 month old baby homemade formula because I could not produce enough milk due to mastectomy on my right breast. I tried to give him the egg yolk twice (which he ate with delight and wanted more!), how ever both times he was severely constipated. I had to put molasses in his formula for the next 3 days in order for him to be relieved, but I don’t want to get him used to it. Is this a normal reaction? What should I do?
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  7. Hi, thanks for the great video. I’ve been “soft boiling” my eggs too long! It was helpful to see them done correctly.

    I am curious as to where you get your liver. I’m trying to find a source for buying for our family. We are doing egg yolks and avocados, and CLO for our sixth month old boy, and loving it!

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  8. HI Sarah,

    Thank you for this post. I have had a number of people telling me that I need to start feeding my 5 month old solids. She is most certainly interested but I was concerned with what to feed her! I knew I wanted to steer clear of rice cereal and jars. would you also suggest that avocado and banana would be okay as well as egg yolk?

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  10. I was wondering if this recipe (especially the liver) would still be recommended if the baby was being fed formula only instead of breast milk. Would that be too much iron?

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  13. I think liver is a good idea “in theory” and back when Weston Price wrote his book. Now days I would never give it to my child. The liver stores vitamins but it also is where all the toxins are stored, ie heavy metals, pesticides. Even if it grass fed organic, you can’t control what is there for aluminum with all the chem trails and crud in the water. I would only do liver oil that is tested for toxins.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist August 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Heidi, Like any food, quality is important when you purchase liver. Liver from grassfed cows grazing on unsprayed pastures and not subjected to the insult of GMO feed, antibiotics and steroids is fine and very safe and clean food to eat :)

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  14. Hi! I love this website! I’m just curious–what kind of liver? Cow? Something else? What are the specific benefits of liver and how often do you feed a 6 month old this? Where can I find liver–at a local butcher shop? I live in Chicago! Thank you!

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  15. Do the eggs need to be at room temperature before boiling?

    Also, can you point me to any scientific reference supporting the claim that freezing liver “sterilizes” it? I’ve only found anecdotal mention that it does but nothing to back that up. I’ve got a grass-fed liver in the freezer for just this intent, but call me a cautious skeptic :-)

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  16. Raw eggs are not a good idea because they can lead to a deficiency in biotin. You need to make sure you warn people about that.

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist August 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

      This is only raw egg whites – egg whites contain high levels of avidin, a protein that binds biotin strongly (and is deactivated by cooking).

      This post ONLY advocates soft boiled egg YOLKS.

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  17. Hello!!!
    I saw this a few days ago and got very excited! My baby is now 7mo old and is a pretty good eater. I was told to start him off on grains and I rejected that idea by instinct…not because of anything that I had heard. I started him off with avocado (which he loved), then carrots, then green beans (he hates these), bananas, and just this week…apples. He hasn’t pooped in 3 days! :( I decided to give him the egg yolk today and he LOVED it! He ate the whole thing. I didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to give him the whole thing so I will have to keep an eye on him.
    Anyway…will he still reap the benefits even if it wasn’t his first food? What kind of liver should I get and where can I get it? (I live in Hillsborough County)
    Thanks for all that you do!
    -Janice

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  18. I would love to hear Sarah’s response to these comments as well. I made a comment 5 months ago and my question is still unanswered. Sarah, please let us know you are listening. I appreciate and respect your expert advice!

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  19. My son’s first food was egg yolk. He seemed to tolerate it just fine for about a month but the last two times I fed it to him he vomited several times within a couple hours of consumption. Now I’m confused if this is an allergy or not?

    From reading the comments section it seems that a lot of children are vomiting from soft boiled egg yolk. Why do you think that is from Sarah?

    When can they start eating cooked yolks?

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      • Yes, I would love to hear Sarah’s thoughts on this topic as well!! My daughter is now 7 months old, and we slowly started egg yolks (soy free, pastured) when she was about 5 months old and she loved them, but after about 2 weeks, her skin started getting blotchy after eating egg, and a week later she threw up. I waited 2 weeks and tried again, and she vomited again. We haven’t attempted eggs at all since then but I am worried that I may have given her an egg allergy by feeding her the yolks? Is that possible??? I did try adding the raw grated liver, and that is actually one of the times she threw up.
        Would love to hear thoughts on this. I’m so sad she can’t eat egg yolks now, and especially sad to think that I may have created an allergy. :( Any thoughts from Sarah or others? Thank you!

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        • Same here with the soy free pastured eggs and adding clean, pastured raw grated liver. We also started out small, like Sarah suggested, because of the “richness” of the egg yolk and gradually increased to a whole yolk. It’s just weird that so many people are following this advice to a T yet are seeing such upsetting results.

          I’m wondering if we all would have experienced this with our children if we would have cooked the egg yolks…

          Your opinions please:
          Is the vomiting a sign of an allergy? How long should a parent wait before reintroducing? Why not cooked yolks? At what age do you personally recommend cooked yolks? Where’s your evidence (other than anecdotal)?

          Sarah can you comment on this please? You advise and influence so many readers. We would appreciate some feedback on these issues.

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          • I wanted to comment again on the vomitting after egg yolk discussion. Long back story to this, but we decided to see an allergist because we were unsure about allergies, especially with my daughter’s eczema and the vomitting episodes. I know that many folks on here aren’t “pro” medical advice but it was covered by our insurance so we decided to see what she had to say. (We also made an appt with a naturopath that specializes in GAPS diet, but that appt is next month)…so, please don’t start criticizing our approach; I was just getting desparate to figure out what is going on and since no one seemed to know, we wanted to figure it out!
            So, the allergist listened to all her symptoms, and did do an egg allergy test, and it was negative; the allergist strongly suspects “Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome” which she said would match the description I gave that our daugther vomits a few hours after she eats anything with egg yolk. She said most babies grow out of this by 18 months. If you want more info: http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=99

            I know this may be against what many folks on this site believe about allergies, and the root cause, but I found it comforting to at least know I didn’t give her an egg allergy!! Hopefully it will be helpful to some of you as well. I’d still love to hear Sarah’s thoughts as well!

        • Michelle P,
          There wasn’t a way to reply to your other comment, so I am putting it here.
          Thank you so much for sharing your information you learned from your allergist about “Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome”. I am certain that is the case of my baby girl as well. It was 4 months ago the last time I fed her egg yolk and she vomitted and I am going to wait a few more months before I try again. But your comment really resonated with me. I wanted you to know that I really appreciate you sharing it. And don’t feel bad about seeing a doctor. I think medical doctors certainly have value!

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          • Anne B- thanks so much for your encouraging words! I am so glad that my experience can help others who are also confused and worried about this! Hoping our little ones can enjoy their eggs soon!! :)

          • I am happy to report back that at 13 months I gave my baby a little bit of scrambled egg and there was no reaction! i was nervous because she never did well on the soft boiled egg yolk and I was afraid it might be an allergy, but I am certain it was what Michelle mentioned and she has now outgrown it. I have given her eggs a bunch now and although she isn’t crazy about them she does just fine! Hooray! I hope this is encouraging for the parents of the other babies that experience trouble with egg yolks at a younger age.

  20. Great post Sarah!
    I fed my 6 month old soft boiled yolk and she loved it but seemed a little gassy that night and then the last 2 times she age yolk she threw up 4-6 times within 2 hours of feeding it to her… could this be an allergy or is it that yolk is too rich for her tummy right now? Should I wait a few months before trying again? What are your thoughts?

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  21. Hi Healthy Home Economist, thank you for your video! i realize this is an old post, but i’m hoping you might be around to help me =) I just gave my almost 7 month old her first food…but it was squash…a carb =( i thinned the puree with breastmilk, but you said mashed with butter “of course”…. i’ve never heard of this! why butter?
    thank you in advance!

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  22. My little girl first started eating egg yolk at a little older than 4 months old and did fine with it, and one day she vomited an hour or so after eating. We took a break from it and I thought maybe she’d somehow gotten to full and that was what made her sick. Now, at 6 months old I let her try an egg yolk again today, she took a nap and woke up vomiting. She threw up maybe 7 or 8 times over the course of 3 hours. First, all of the egg and whatever breast milk she’d drank earlier, then some clear mucousy stuff, and later bright yellow bile.

    She’s doing fine now, after taking a nap and nursing a couple times. But, it’s clear that there is an issue for her with egg yolks. I’m not sure when I will reintroduce her to them again, but I’m leaning towards waiting until she is older than a year. I definitely want to avoid my baby throwing up like that again because of something I fed her. :(

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    • Anastasia, my daughter us doing the same thing! I know the egg is fine because I ate some of it too and was fine. She has had about 8-9 eggs and has had this issue only twice. The first time I took her to the ER because she was almost lethargic. Someone suggested it might be FPIES? I’m going to look in to it.

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  23. Hi,
    I am doing your egg yolk cooking technique and have a question– should I be concerned/cooking the egg longer if there is still some watery egg white when I crack open the egg? The part near the shell is white, but the part closer to the yolk is still liquidy, and oozes out when I crack it open. This has me worried that I am not cooking it long enough?? I don’t want to overcook the egg yolk– it is warm but runny. I am cooking 3 1/2 minutes in boiling water, but the egg is going straight from the refrigerator to the stove…are you giving your cooking time with a room temperature egg? Or is some runny egg white expected?
    Also, is it okay if there is a teeny amount of white mixed in? I have a very hard time getting it all off before the egg yolk bursts and blends in with it.
    Thank you!!

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  25. Maybe this is a dumb question, but I’m new to the whole foods community and want whats best for baby. =] I didn’t think any part of a raw egg was safe to consume? Thanks in advance.

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  27. I am so grateful for you and for all of the great information you share about feeding an infant! I was about to buy a box of rice cereal for my 5-month-old daughter first food, but this blog/video stopped me in my tracks. As a result, I’ve already tracked down a local source of eggs from pastured hens and my daughter’s first food will be egg yolk. I do not have a local source for the liver, but will be purchasing the liver capsules from the link above. Would I simply add the powder from one capsule to one egg yolk?

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  28. If you are going to recommend that people feed their children raw liver and potentially undercooked eggs you really need to put some kind of disclaimer on your site to at least protect yourself legally. There is a really good chance of food-borne illness with raw and undercooked foods and what could make an adult merely very sick could kill a child. It doesn’t matter that the item is organic or it came from a friend’s farm and they take care of their animals. Cooking times, food prep practices, food sanitation, etc. have all come about because regular foods raised as traditionally and carefully as possible used to kill a lot of people.

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  30. Forgive me if I have skipped over comments already pertaining to my question.
    My son is 4 months. Within the next few weeks I would like to slowly start giving him egg yolk. Once he is eating it regularly could I break open a capsule of Garden of Life Vitamin Code raw iron instead of the liver?

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  31. I may have missed this in the comments, but I am looking for specifics on liver prep. I can buy grassfed organic beef liver at my local natural food store but it comes frozen already and vacuum packaged. How can I preserve it frozen but use just a 1/2 tsp for my baby? Do I open the package and cute off a bit and grate it and refreeze it, or once it’s open do I need to thaw and cook it? I personally have never eaten/prepared liver before but want to be a good steward of what I purchase. Any help would be great!

    Thanks!

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  32. OK i read on another site boil 4 min the set in warm water 4min then cool on counter and peal. My baby after 3 days just spit up all afternoon. she had not been doing that for awhile. I eat lots of eggs and have sense i found i was prego. She is 6 months and talks when she wants to. Says mom a lot. the most recent thing she said. I left her in her bed and went to put wood in wood stove before we were going to go out. She got upset well I was loading stove. I told her I’m coming. she said WHEN!. I told her right now as I stepped into hall to go to room where she was. She has asked where did daddy go when he had been playing with her then got up and went to other room. this was at 41/2 months. so eating the eggs yourself from the start works to. I will try the egg yoke again in a couple months. Maybe try the 31/2 min boil too. yes got right eggs too. we looked high and low at farms till we found what we were looking for. I eat them raw so i know they are safe for her

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  33. I don’t want to be the negative one here. This seems very interesting and I can understand how this is truley healthier for a baby but what about the risk of salmonella? I would be so nervious esecially with a little baby… their little bodies wouldn’t be able to handle salmonella poisoning.

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  34. Sarah, I fed my 6 month old soft boiled egg yolk with a tiny bit of frozen liver the other day and it gave her food poisoning. The poor thing threw up 15 times and couldn’t keep anything down for about 12 hours. I have feed her just egg yolk about 4 times before and she spit that up too.
    Is her stomach not ready for it? Or is the liver bad? What would you suggest?

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  35. Sarah,
    In the video, did you mention that when you introduced vegetables, you mixed in some butter? Could you tell me a little bit about that: what, why, and how-just mash it in?

    Also, I read in an earlier comment of yours that you recommend mashed banana as a second food. Do you have any recommendations beyond that?

    Ignorantly, we tried rice cereal with our first and right away discovered an intolerance (major vomiting a few hours after eating — even after eating baby food thickened with rice flour).

    With our second, we skipped all rice and grains and went straight from nursing to avocado and banana (at about 7 mos.).

    I want to get it right this time! :-) Baby 3 has been exclusively breast-fed, is almost 6 mos., and is ready for a bit more. I so appreciated this video and look forward to your response.

    Thanks!

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  36. Sarah-
    Would you recommend the powder blend of liver if all that is available in my area is organic chilen liver that feed on organic corn and organic soy?

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  38. Hi Sarah,

    I have almost 6 month old boy twins. I have been breastfeeding and I am going to start making the raw milk formula as I can’t keep up with production and going to stop for other personal reasons. I am guilty about this but hoping this homemade formula will make me feel better. I watched the video on both and I am curious if there is a video on how to make the whey from the yogurt. Also, do you suggest a book/website that I can follow on feeding them solids? I know egg is a good first food like you should but how much egg everyday and what food should I start after that? I feel like I’m lost and would love an outline on how to feed properly. How much bottle to food, etc. Thank you!

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  39. Hi. I hope someone reads this. My question is, how much desiccated liver should I put on the yolk? what is the requirement for 6 month olds?
    thanks.

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  40. My son is 6.5 months old, I tried egg yolk today just a tiny bit. My son then got 3 red spots on his head/forehead. I am wondering if I should try again tomorrow and see if happens again? also, how do you make sure all of the egg white is off the yolk? there seemed to still have white slime on it?

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  41. Great advice!!

    I fed my first baby egg yolks and liver as a first food. Once he was ready to eat banana I mixed egg yolk into the mashed banana which he loved. He is now 2 and a half and is a very bright boy! He loves his raw milk and drinks a ton of it as well as a very healthy diet.

    My little girl just had her first egg yolk today (she is 5 months) and she loved it. I will be incorporating organic raw liver into the egg yolk next week.

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  42. Hi all, I have a 18 mo old who I breastfeed till she was a yr old, my body could not do it any longer. Since then she has had raw milk from a local farm. I was told by a lady there that I should be giving her the raw milk baby formula because I am no longer breastfeeding her. I would really appreciate your opinion. I want my baby to have all she needs and was thinking raw milk alone was doing this. As a side note she eat everything I give her like eggs meat veggies and cod liver oil. Thanks Sara

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  43. HI Sarah

    Thank you so much for your blog. My little daughter is now 6 months old and I offered her three (baby size) spoons of egg yolk. She broke out in hives on her arms and back of her neck. This startled me quite a bit, is this a common response? Have any of your other subscribers encountered the same issue? And what would you recommend I do now as the yolk does not seem to be working as of yet?

    Amita Luke

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  45. We have been trying baby led weaning and my LO keeps almost choking. I decided to quit that approach because my instincts told me it wasn’t the best thing. So I found a wonderful book called Super Nutrition for Babies which lead me to this blog. Thank you for creating this blog!
    Question though, since my daughter is now 11 months old is it too late? Also, should I be adding fruits and veggies yet or should I give the egg yolk a try for a while longer?
    She loves the egg by the way which sort of surprised me. And now I’ve taken to making a soft boiled one my self and eating with her. After she’s a year old can I give her the whole egg? :)

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  46. Ok, I have a question. What does the term “pasteurized after cultured” mean? Wouldn’t that mean they wasted their time culturing something if it was then pasteurized??

    One of my day care mom’s brought some of this for me to feed to her 10 month old. When I suggested she feed the baby some yogurt, I had NO idea she was going to buy it instead of making it herself. Check out the label for this junk (keep scrolling down to the product description): http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Yogurt-Blends-4-Count-3-5-Ounce/dp/B002SN2TDI

    This one says no artificial flavors but on the label of the actual yogurt container it lists “natural flavors” (and I think every flavor of yogurt has some differences in this regard). The mom brought me blueberry, but I didn’t see any blueberry listed, but it’s definitely the same product. As far as I’m concerned, natural flavors can mean just about anything and probably includes artificial flavors as well, but the FDA likely lets them get by with it because they’re a big company and because there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two, since the FDA has no “legal description” of the word natural.

    Just curious about what others think of the term pasteurized after culturing. Also, no where on the label does it list any enzymes that I could see, so this is actually more like pudding than yogurt, no??

    Lord, I wouldn’t feed this stuff to a dog I didn’t like.

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  47. Hi Sarah, love your website, just discovered it. My son is 5.5 mos old. He’s a very hungry boy, so I started him about 3 weeks ago on an organic brown rice cereal (before I discovered your advice not to give rice cereal). He likes it, and I had been feeding it to him 2x a day. I tried the egg yolk 5 times now. Just little tastes each time (nothing forced), but he contorts his face and gags each time. I was about to throw away the yolk again today, but decided to stir it into a bit of rice cereal and he ate it no problem. Any advice on getting him to actually like eating the yolk? Also, if rice cereal is not recommended b/c babies lack the digestive enzyme amylase, could one just add banana to the cereal (which contains amylase)?
    Much thanks for your advice & very helpful video on preparing the egg yolk :)
    -Gina

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    • Hi Gina

      Just my personal thoughts, but I would stop feeding the rice cereal (and stay off it) and try banana. Get your son used to this flavour and continue trying with the egg yolk. In the meantime buy some organic chicken livers and freeze them individually. Once it’s been frozen for 14 days start grating a little into his egg yolk – they really do seem to like it, so you might have more luck.

      I really think you need to stay away from the rice cereal though. I’m sure if it was an option to consume it with the bananas Sarah would have said so.

      I’m currently struggling to get my son to eat the Morrocan Stewed Lamb from Nourishing Traditions. My perserverance is paying off as he just ate a few mouthfuls himself after being offered it for the third time, yay! We’ll get there as I really want to eat it myself, tehe. They do get used to food, it can just take time.

      All the best. My son eats really well and gets his daily dose of FCLO and is such a healthy ‘little’ man (he’s huge in comparison to other toddlers his age), the traditional diet really is so very worth it.

      Diana x

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      • Hi Diana,
        Thank you for taking the time to write a reply :) I am going to take your suggestions of trying with frozen chicken liver & banana on its own. He doesn’t like the taste of banana on its own either, but I recently read that it takes around 10 times before they get used to a new taste, so I guess I have to just hang in there & keep trying.
        Much thanks & good luck with your little one. Moroccan stewed lamb sounds really good!!

        Gina

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  48. I was wondering if you had any coments or thoughts about giving quinoa as a first food. I’ve been reading about quinoa flour mixed with breast milk. I’ve been eating quinoa quire a bit and love it.

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  50. I live in the UK, and they don’t really sell applesauce here (well, they do, but it comes in a tiny jar and is more like apple pie filling). I LOVE it so I usually make my own in the crockpot, but one day I was in town and really wanted some. So I thought, hey, there might be applesauce in the babyfood section! Weird, I know, but I just love the stuff. Anyway, they did have applesauce babyfood but it had sugar in it! So I tried the pear. Same thing. Curious, I started to read the labels of all the jars. NOT A SINGLE one was free from grains, sugars, or gross vegetable oils. WTF? I was legit shocked. Poor naive me!
    I left and forgot about it, but on reflection, it’s kind of scary. I am a grown woman with a healthy GI system, yet I would not put that stuff with its unprepared grains, sugars and rancid oils in my body. And yet we are feeding it to our BABIES.

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  51. Thanks for this post, Sarah! This video is _very_ helpful in understanding how to make the egg yolk/liver meal. I had heard about it but was unsure how to make it based on the written directions.

    Our little guy is 8+ months and he has been talking for a good two months now! Thanks to previous baby posts from you, we started feeding him nibbles of egg yolk from mommy’s plate when he showed interest at around 5-6 months. :)

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  52. Annemarie Scolari via Facebook February 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Great video! I have a question. It seems easier to separate the yolk from the white and then poach it. Wouldn’t that work?

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  53. Liver question:
    I cannot bear the sight/smell/thought of liver. When my husband has cooked in the past, I have had to leave the house until it was aired out. Serious aversion. Are the capsules of dried liver worth it? Are there any sources other than beef? Beef aversion as well.

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    • Chicken, duck, and lamb livers are also beneficial. Also, fresh (raw) chicken liver (from pastured hens ONLY, please) doesn’t have a strong smell, like cooked beef liver does.

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  54. Great post Sarah. I have been feeding my son who is 5 months now the egg yolk from an over easy egg since he was 4 months. Just a few days ago, I started adding his cod liver oil to the yolk and he swallows it much better now. I am going to start soft boiling his yolks from now on as he can actually eat almost a whole yolk now. I wonder about chicken liver like one of the previous readers mentioned.
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  55. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama February 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I fed my second baby grass-fed ground beef and plain yogurt starting around 8 months. He wasn’t able to handle anything until then.

    My third baby is just about 6 months and not interested in eating. He will grab food off my plate, but drop it (while non-food items go straight in the mouth). I’ll just keep on exclusively breastfeeding him until he is ready! I have lots of liver, and always have pastured eggs, plus I’ll offer him raw plain yogurt (since he will be 7 – 8 months, I’m sure, when he is ready), mashed avocado, and other things like this. Oh, chunks of raw butter too. :)
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  56. Hi Sarah,
    Just loved this baby video! Can you provided more info. for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.
    thanks for all the great info.
    Abby

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  57. One other question. What type of liver? Through my food co-op I can get beef or duck liver. I can probably get chicken liver if I ask my chicken farmer. Curious as to the healthiest liver for babies.

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    • I’d get a variety of livers. They all have different micronutrient profiles and are equally valuable. Most people consider beef liver to be the king of nutrient density but it has a really strong taste so your results may vary.

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  58. Thank you Sarah for the great video! My baby is 6 months old and I was gonna start feeding her egg yolk and liver….but I do have a question. Does the liver HAVE TO be raw? Or is it just as good if it’s cooked or baked in the owen? Only asking bc I’m sure my husband will have a pretty HARD time accepting this way of feeding the baby and I either need to convince him that it’s safe of come up with an alternative, such as cooking the liver….
    So is it good as well or not so much?
    Thank you for your reply!

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      It really should be raw. Cooked meat for a young baby of 4-6 mos would be very difficult to digest as the enzymes would be destroyed. Cooked meats are for a bit older of a baby .. I introduced cooked meats (like mashed up meatloaf loaded with pureed veggies) and soups with blended up meats about 7-8 months.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Video: First Food for Baby

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  59. A question for other mommies – Any ideas of what to do with the soft boiled egg if you don’t like to eat soft boild eggs?

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    • Depending on how old your child is and what they’re eating you can also pop those yolks in a smoothie or make egg nog with raw milk and cream. I also make pancakes out of just plain bananas and eggs and fry them up in plenty of butter. I use about 6 eggs to 4 bananas which makes a lot. They’re delicious and easy to make but then you are cooking them which is not quite as nutritious as if you were to offer the yolks raw in a drink.

      Tracey

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    • I sneak yolks in to almost everything my son eats. It’s one of those foods you can just stick in to everything. His yogurt, his stirfry, his meat loaf, my chicken liver pate is loaded with egg yolks. If you occasionally make rice pasta you can stick a bunch of them in to a cream sauce, you can even throw them in oatmeal.

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  60. THANK YOU SARAH!
    Please keep the posts coming on feeding our babies:) What we feed our children is one of the most important choices we make in parenting. I will welcome all the help I can get!

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  61. Jenny,
    Just a thought for you feeling liver isn’t fair. Think about knowing what is the best for your child and choosing to give them second best….. I found this helpful when starting my four month old on fermented cod liver oil. He is now five months and has never gone a day without it!
    Wishing the best to everyone:)

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    • What was your method of feeding fclo to your 4m old? I have a 6m old I’m giving fclo. Just trying to find the BEST and most effective way of doing this since most of it seems to be spit out on his bib. Thanks.

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  62. Christy Blacknall Reeder via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! Our baby is 6 months old and while I am breastfeeding exclusively, he has shown a lot of interest in eating solid foods. I knew I would soon need to figure out where to start. Perfect timing! With my other two children (now 7 & 8), I followed the traditional pediatrician’s advice for food and immunizations and one of them has food allergy issues, a weakened immune system (possibly from all the antibiotics from ear infections), etc. It was because of all his issues that I began searching for answers. Looking forward to doing it differently with our new little guy. Thank you for continuing to educate!

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  63. Question: I gave my 6 month old the yolk from a soft boiled egg. Her face got splotchy and then she threw up about an hour later. I then tried it when she turned 8 months old. The same thing happened. Thinking that she has an egg allergy, the next day I rubbed a small dab of raw egg on her back and the skin broke out in a rash. She is now 10 months old. Should I wait a long time before trying the egg yolk again? Any thoughts?

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    • Could be soy fed to the chicken. Try to find soy-free eggs from pasture-raised hens. If that doesn’t work, you could address a food allergy with the GAPS diet.

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      • Beth, we are fortunate to buy our eggs from pasture raised hens on a local organic farm. I am familiar with the GAPS diet, but how could this help with allergies. Curious b/c my 7 year old has peanut and tree nut allergies. Could the GAPS diet help my older child?

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    • The same thing happened to my son. I gave him the egg yolk at 6 months and his face got red and splotchy and then I waited another month and a half (now 7.5 months) and just tried it again yesterday and he ended up throwing up an hour later.

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    • @Jen I had the same experience with my son. We tried them every couple months from 5 months and on. Once he turned about 12 months he was fine with the egg yolks and now at 4 months he eats 3-4 egg yolks a day!! Some kids take longer for their guts to seal. I just gave my son tiny chunks of grassfed butter, liver pureed with grassfed beef, banana, and cultured cream. He still doesn’t seem to do too well with the whites but who needs the whites anyway?? :-)

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  64. Are you sure you want your kids talking earlier? Once they start there’s no stopping them.
    I started with bananas. Eggs are good, too. Liver? To a little tiny baby? I know it’s good, but doesn’t seem fair, somehow.
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  65. Sarah once the fresh liver has been frozen for 14 days, if I thaw it out in the fridge, how long will it stay good in the fridge?

    Tracey

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  66. Thank you for such an excellent video! I wish I would have known this when my own children were babies, we fed them rice cereal as a first food. Even though we fed grains to our kids, we fed them raw egg yolks early and they gobbled them up.

    I watched this with my 4-year-old daughter and now she knows exactly what to feed her babies first. In fact, she wants to go make some raw egg yolks with liver now, and eat it as a snack. :)

    Thank you again for your video!
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  67. Another great post Sarah! I will be sure to pass this along to my friend who has a 4 month old and just started feeding him the rice cereal last week.

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  68. Good information for me to pass on to young mom’s who are my clients. Thanks for this! These young mom’s always look at me like I have two heads when I mention egg yolks, liver or pureed meats and NO cereals as first foods. People are so out of touch with real nutrition because they try to secure nutrition information from pediatricians and family doctors who know virtually nothing about healthy foods. To tell the truth, they know little about most things – including health! I’m supportive of trauma medicine and certain surgeries (emergency type things) but the rest of the current medical paradigm stinks like yesterday’s diapers.

    I have a hard time answering this query from some of the young mom’s: they all want to start feeding their babies food (mostly jarred foods) at about 2 months old! I didn’t start my kids on egg yolks even until they were about 7 – 8 months. They didn’t need it because they were breastfeeding and happy. When they started getting teeth, I cut down on little on breastfeeding (still pumped though) and started with “real foods”. How is the best way to try to explain to young mom’s that rice cereal (or any cereal) shouldn’t be a first food and certainly not at 2 months old? I get so frustrated trying to explain the egg yolk idea so I’ve often printed out material to send home with them, but I doubt they read it because they come later on with a box of rice cereal anyhow. Arg!

    I also have one mom whose baby was a preemie and is now 4 months old and she wants me to start giving him jarred foods (the 2nd foods jars) and said he takes 2 jars at each feeding. Isn’t that a lot of food for a 4 month old? He doesn’t seem to actually NEED the food, but he does consume about 8 ounces of milk every 4-5 hours now. I think she’s overfeeding him and then wonders why I tell her he’s fussy and gassy all day. He’s not breastfed and is using Safeway’s O brand organic formula (dairy based). He has mild cerebral palsy and a very exaggerated startle response, so he’s hard to feed unless I swaddle him and that is getting so it doesn’t work well anymore. He never stops moving. Double arg!

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hopefully, this video will help bring a personal touch to the egg yolk/liver feeding recommendation. Seeing another Mom who has used it successfully with her children and yes, they didn’t turn into aliens from it (LOL) will hopefully encourage Moms to get back to traditional first foods and away from this baby cereal nonsense which has done nothing but contribute to the growth of allergies and obesity in children.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Video: First Food for Baby

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      • Well, my own kids are grown and gone from home so they aren’t actually “viewable”! But I do have photos of them I like to share. My youngest son and his family live in a burb only about 6 miles away, but they are rarely here during the time I am providing day care.

        One thing I wanted to comment about, was that when I started feeding my babies egg yolk, my mentors (Mom and 2 Gram’s) told me to add a dollop of real butter and a titch of salt. Back then we had no “sea salt” which would have certainly made for a more excellent addition. Do you do that when you normally advise serving egg yolk? If so, I missed it in the vid. The butter seems to make it more palatable, at least my kids loved it that way. When they were older and could have the whole hard/soft boiled egg and white, they called it egg in a cup and wouldn’t touch it unless they saw me put the butter and salt in! My daughter even now, at age 36, will eat butter off’n a spoon and she is thin and healthy like crazy. She is heavily into ballet (all legs) and yoga as part-time interests for exercise and now is helping her niece (my first grandbaby!) become interested, too. My grandbabies LOVE eggs and our milkfed pork bacon and will often eat 3 eggs at breakfast. They don’t, however, tolerate liver now that they’re older. Me either 8 -\ !!

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      • This is why it’s a good idea to start flavoring foods from the onset. Later food aversions and pickiness can be diverted by using spices and herbs from the time you start feeding foods. Exposure to different tastes and flavors during infant hood makes it easier to feed kids during toddlerhood and beyond!! My mother did this with me and my 2 siblings, and by the age of 5 there was nothing we wouldn’t eat, including mildly spicy curries!

        My mother has told that when I was 8 months old or so, I would go nuts for her fresh carrots pureed w/ orange and ginger and mashed peas w/ mint and tarragon. :) At 33, I still love those flavors!

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  69. Hilary Berg Severson via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I watched this video this morning, and promptly went downstairs and prepared this for my 9 month old. He has only been eating food for a month and is still nursing frequently. He gobbled up almost the entire egg yolk! Fortunately I am able to get my eggs from a friend who raises her 20 chickens on ten acres. I will be feeding egg yolks to him on a regular basis now! Thank you!

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  70. Erin Forney via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    My baby is 9 mos and on straight table food now, but I always supplement in egg yolk, grass fed butter (KerryGold), avacado chunks, homemade liverwurst (her fav)

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  71. We did not start eating a traditional diet until after the birth of our 3rd child. Naturally we wanted to start our 4th child out with this approach. She had a terrible allergic reaction at 6 months to the egg yolk, and it was a very scary experience for us all! I later read in one of Jen Allbritton’s articles in Wise Traditions, that if Mom has food intolerances/allergies, caution should be given to giving baby egg yolk prior to 1 yr of age. I have celiac disease, so not sure if this was why she reacted so strongly. She is 3 now, and is fine with eggs. Just wanted to share my experience:)
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        • Thank you so much for posting this! I also gave my 8 month old soft boiled egg yolk and she had to be rushed to the hospital! I know that this is rare, but it can happen…I hope she will be able to tolerate eggs when she is older!

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          • Last week I gave my 10 month year old baby one raw egg yolk, from a better than organic farmer (no soy, Salatin principles). I mixed it with her yoghourt and she seemed to tolerate it well.

            Unfortunately I got a little excited and when she didn’t eat her veggies at night, and I gave her one more egg yok, which concluded with her projectile vomiting, which she never did before. She had no allergic reactions days later, just the vomit. Yes, I know I did a shitty job as a parent and went way too fast.

            I think one of the problems is that my daughter didn’t tolerate raw milk very well (didn’t like it and well she did like it, got eczema) and I’m a raw food eater and it bugs me that she can’t eat good (raw) food when there are blogs like this and everyone is feeding raw milk and egg yolk as young as 4 months. Sigh.

            I guess she’s getting cod liver oil, raw butter, and advocado, so it’s not all bad, but still, she knows maybe 3 words (Up! Out! Dadda, lol), but no sentences yet.

            So how should I proceed? It’s almost 11 months. I guess we should try again, first by putting some on her arm, then adding a little to her morning breakfast of yogourt and fruit? Or should I just wait until 1 years old.

            Also, is it truly possible to get all of the egg white off the egg yolk if feeding it raw. Sure, I got 99% of it, but will that 1% bother the child.

            Anyway advice is welcome.

            Thank you,

            Jason

          • I am actually allergic to eggs …

            My reaction is to vomit if I eat an egg. It’s weird. I just throw up.

            I have a 5 month old son and want to provide him with the best nutrition …. so I hope that if I test his arm with egg yolk he is also not allergic. I should add … I think I developed this allergy as I got older. I always have eaten eggs, but a blood allergy test showed I’m allergic.

    • It could also be a reaction if the chicken was fed soy, which is very allergenic, not to mention genetically modified. Another reason to talk to farmers and find out their practices.

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  72. Thank you Sarah so much for posting this! I am currently 8 weeks pregnant and am making sure to get lots of raw egg yolk and liver in my diet right now. Started GAPS 2 months beefore getting pregnant and at 41 on my third pregnancy I feel better this time around than ever before. No morning sickness and good energy which I attribute to GAPS. I am so looking forward to giving this baby and much healthier start than I was able to with my oher two. Once again thank you for your wonderful site!

    Warmly,
    Tracey

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  73. What are you using that microwave for? ;)
    Great video, thanks for posting it. I didn’t do this with my last baby though I wanted to because I didn’t know how to make a soft boiled egg. Or even what it was supposed to look like. I made hard boiled, just not as hard boiled and gave him the squishy part of that yolk. Worked well because my big kids won’t eat the yolks if the eggs are boiled so they could share. Now that I see how to do it, next time I get my pastured eggs (hurry spring!) I will make it this way for him. He’s almost a year but I imagine the benefits don’t go away just because he’s over 6 months?

    Thanks for all you do! Love your blog!

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      • Can I ask something funny? I have a microwave and really want to do away with it. I find your way of using it to be the best! Lol. I have a small kitchen so I love finding more space!

        I just am clueless as to what the alternative re-heating methods are if I’m not using the micro wave. For instance, my husband will heat up all leftovers in the microwave. What’s the alternative? I recently got a teapot but for one cup of tea it’s kind of annoying to have to fill it up halfway with filtered water … (well if I didn’t have a 5 month old high needs son it would probably not bother me to take the time to do this) ….

        Could you do a post on alternatives to the microwave? In our microwave obsessed society? Please! THank you :)

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        • to heat left overs, add water or oil small amount and put on stove on med to low till warm.may want to cover too. or put in oven at 350 till warm. may need to stir either of these

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        • A toaster oven is wonderful for reheating foods – that way you don’t have to heat up your giant oven every time you need to cook/reheat something. I have an Oster brand convection toaster oven that’s big enough to fit 4lb chicken even!

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    • I can attest to this. I tried the so-called “Baby led weaning” approach with my son and got sick of looking at his diapers full of undigested chunks of food. That is not health! I’m simply not buying that babies are supposed to have no help getting their food pre-chewed. Many animals including humans pre-chew food for their babies so I’d rather just follow that. My son’s diapers looked a lot less weird after we stopped giving him non-pureed solids so early. He’s just now getting chunks of food again at 14 months. I pretty much take the cue that if I see it whole in his potty or diaper it means I need to keep pureeing it for him or cut it out altogether, as I have with most grains.

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      • I am currently using baby led weaning and my son’s diaper is full of undigested food. However, I have read somewhere that pureeing doesn’t make much difference. The food will still be undigested in the stool, it just won’t be so obvious as it will blend in.
        On the other hand it just makes more sense that puree food should be absorbed better than chunks of food, so I am a bit confused. I love the fact that my son is being able to feed himself pieces of food (he is nine months now) but I want him to get as much nutrients as possible.

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      • yah i see that in my kid diaper. i do sort of a mix of tridtional and baby lead. i do what I feel is my natuarel instict to do keeping in mind the alergy list. and no grains. I dont digest everything I eat. so stuff is just fiber. as my hubby said her boady will get use to is. ic eed her as that is a mom job. dont believe the baby lead thing of feed yourself. they are babies and relie on us!. I like some of all but med way of feeding. Rice white rice no way. I dodnt even eat that crap!I love all the good info on here. sprouting grains has been a search for me to understand. glad for this site and videos!!!

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  74. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for this great video! You mentioned pureed vegetables as a common first food. What about fruits? I know that is very common. I work with women on preconception and pregnancy nutrition and would like to be able to share this information with them.
    Thanks!
    -Deena

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  75. Nathalie Farquet via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 11:11 am

    here, I just waited until my boy was able to pick food from my plate and breastfed for the rest. The parents eat healthy, so will the baby.

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    • They advise soft boiling so the egg is runny and retains enzymes. However, I also want to add that popular medical advice now says you can eat egg whites as an infant. Also, any food that was usually held off due to concerns of allergies (citrus, nuts, etc) they now say you can feed to baby and that actually feeding to baby as young as four months or when they can take it may actually help prevent allergies. The only exception is if there is a known allergy to something in a family member, you might still want to hold off on that particular food. This advice has changed between my two and a half year old, and now my six month old. So do your research, but just wanted to point out that egg white may not really need to be avoided. However, when they are first eating, I wouldn’t waste their limited stomach space on the egg white as the yolk is much more nutritious for baby.

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  76. Shannon Arthur via Facebook February 2, 2012 at 11:01 am

    My Lily has been enjoying homemade foods since she was 6 months. She’s now 10 months and still loves just about everything. Carrots are a real trial though. I love making her food!

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  77. I have been giving my baby egg yolks since he was 6 months old. I wouldn’t even boil an egg, just crack it open and give him raw egg yolk. I add one tsp of cod liver oil in there and a pinch of ascorbic acid and he loved the mixture! I also make liver patties and those are a hit as well!

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      If you’re going to go that approach, make sure to wash the egg thoroughly in warm, soapy water before cracking. I’m sure you’re probably doing this already, just wanted to highlight this for those that are new to egg yolk as a first food.

      For those uncomfortable with a raw egg yolk, though, soft boiling works well … ALL enzymes and nutrition are still intact using the soft boil method and it may give more peace of mind for new parents.
      Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist\’s last post: Video: First Food for Baby

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      • Wow, I can’t believe I have not thought of washing eggs! Shame on me! Thank you so much for drawing my intention to this. It did not even cross my mind. I guess, I just thought that being from pastured hens, eggs are safe enough and completely forgot about this simple precaution.

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      • I have a question, what if baby was diagnosed with extreme acid reflux? Would egg yoke be too rich for her, now 7 months? She’s starting to get better but still has it. Her Pedi had me give her carrots as her first food. Her GI Dr pushed rice cereal on me unfortunately saying she couldn’t hold anything down. I even showed them what you said it does to the baby’s gut.. Any help you can provide is appreciated.

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