Prepare yourself for some epic eye rolling because, yes, I am that mum. The sugar-free, low salt, minimal preservatives, home cooked, mum.

I even go as far as to pair foods according to what will maximise their nutritional value (for example, did you know that foods rich in vitamin C aid the absorption of iron!).

And no, I didn’t even let my son have birthday cake on his first birthday.

I frequently get criticized as being ‘over the top’ when it comes to my baby food philosophy. I believe the terms ‘sugar patrol’ and ‘health Nazi’ have been thrown around.

A few months ago someone tried to feed my then 14-month-old son a chocolate ice cream. I politely told her that I didn’t want him to eat that and swapped it for a piece of watermelon (which he happily gobbled up). Exacerbated, she asked me ‘ what exactly do you think will happen if he just has a bit of sugar’. At the time, I decided it would be more diplomatic to presume the question was rhetorical.

Do I think that my son would implode at the mere taste of a Magnum Ego? No, of course I don’t! But I do think, at his young age, that it is completely unnecessary for him to eat food like that.

I have no intention of enforcing a permanent embargo on any and all unhealthy foods for the rest of his life. But I am aware that, not too far in the future, the time will come when he will be (endlessly) requesting unhealthy foods.  And when that time comes, I will take that as a queue to begin slowly introducing ‘sometimes’ foods.

Why do I put so much emphasis on what my bub eats, you may ask? I do it because it is what I personally believe is best for my child at this point in his life. I am lucky enough to have a little boy who currently loves the nutritious food I offer him. I intend to milk that for as long as I can!

But I want to make it clear that I do NOT believe that my baby food philosophy is any better or worse than anyone else’s.

So, you feed your bub store bought baby food? That’s great. I am sure it’s nutritious and convenient. All the more time for you to play with your baby.

You let your child have occasional sugary treats? Good on you! Everything in moderation is a wonderful mantra!

Your kid has eaten nothing but cheese and ham sandwiches for 3 days? Oh well. Sometimes you have got to do whatever it takes to get them to eat, don’t you! You are doing a great job mama bear!

As mums, we may make different choices when it comes to what we feed our kids, but I believe that we are all doing the best we can for our children. As long as parents are well informed and know the facts, then it is up to them to make the food choices that best suit their own families.

For some fantastic snack ideas, make sure to visit our TASTY TREATS FOR TEETHING TODDLERS

Love Phoebe

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