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Old 11-07-2008, 01:01 PM   #1
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the French way to start solids?

when i was pregnant i remember reading an article while waiting in the OB's office about a woman who lived in France for awhile and had her children there. it described their way of introducing solids - i think it was puree only for 2 years - but the most interesting point that was made was that the French believed it developed a better palate in children because the texture of food is what turns many kids off from more mature foods. her child was eating duck pate when most were eating chicken nuggets. has anyone heard about this or have any info? or any books to suggest that talk about this? i'm curious how some people become picky eaters while others will eat anything and how it's linked to childhood....

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Re: the French way to start solids?

that seems excessive.... we did the opposite- no purees at all, and at 13 months, ds is an awesome eater, and loves curries and sushi and all kinds of strong flavored stuff.

i didnt read the link posted, but im going to right now
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We skipped pureed food. We didn't start solids until she was able to feed herself.

I just read the article. I love finger foods for my DD, but she can use a spoon!
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Re: the French way to start solids?

I don't subscribe to this way of thinking/eating either. I, too, have great eaters who are willing to try pretty much anything at any given time. I just happened to read this article so I linked it.
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My French friend (and doula) gave her babies botles with Nutella on the tip to get them to take a bottle when she was ready to wean them.
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My plans depend on when Alex wants to start solids, if he's under a year then I'll make my own puree baby foods to start with for safety but quickly bump him to soft solids and so on but if he's over a Year (what I'm hoping for) then just regular foods, the problem is getting a child to switch from puree to solid form, even though it's the same food I can't get them to eat it. All 3 of my kids gave me that problem.

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wow very interesting link. i love to read about cultural differences. it makes me see how small we are, what a big world we live in and that there is not one ultimate anwer or method but many. its all about preference. awesome! i still dont know what im going to do. see i just started reading on this site about delayed weening. i never even heard of that. my fam pressures me to start feeding her soon and my doc at 6 mos. books say to wait for her to be ready. well since my daughter was about 4 months shes been wanting my food, she stares at it, she licks her lips, she even grabs some of my food. i dont know! i guess i should figure it out soon
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Brilliant! Thanks for that link. I think maybe if there were better tasting baby foods that might work, my baby is a bit of *foodie* and he will only eat one kind of baby food (like one brnad) because it's all pure, he LOVES feeding himself (I do encourage the spoon usage but you know ) anyways he already eats way more variety than his 8 year old sister, I had her on baby food till she was like 18M (with some finger foods, but I fed her alot) and she is SUPER picky...so we'll stick our cheeze and cucumbers great article though!
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