My baby boy turned six months on Monday. Since then he has received a vegan diet. Thus far, he has had absolutely no meat or dairy. I know that may change at some point, but for now I want to keep him on a healthy vegan diet. So far he has eaten pieces of carrots, celery, eggplant, cucumber, garlic, tomato, banana, kale, spinach, hemp seeds, almonds, and a few other things.
I know there will be at least one person who thinks that me giving my son whole almonds makes me a bad parent, so please allow me to clarify. I give him almonds, hemp seeds, and the greens in the SuperNatural Pops that my dad and I make. So they're ground up into teeny tiny pieces and blended with the rest of the ingredients. For those who cry "allergy risk!", I have read a few studies that show that when you start a food doesn't make a difference in whether they'll have an allergy or not. I follow the concept of Baby Led Weaning, and have just been giving him the veggie and fruit that I've been eating. My family has no history of food allergies, and we eat all-organic, so I'm not as worried about introducing foods together.
My darling daughter did not receive the best diet for her until she was about a year and a half old. Now she tends to prefer veggies to meat. She does love cheese, but if it's not around (or if we give her vegan cheese) she doesn't care all that much. Our household eats meat and dairy (almost all cheese) as part of MAYBE 10% of our diet, and it's one meal a couple times a week. I think it would be cool if my baby boy had it even less.
Has anybody else started their child on a vegan diet? Any tips, tricks, etc to share about it?