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Baby Boy's First Foods!

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?

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  1. Akanksha
    Hi athenar..Good to see you after a long time.. I really wish I could eat all-organic like you guys. Vote#2
  2. Veganara
    Voted. It's great that you are all moving over towards a vegan diet. If I had kids, I would want them to be completely vegan too, if possible. I wish I could be all-organic too, maybe I'll get there in time! You might be interested in my Hot Chocolate and Raspberry Breakfast Shake recipe, and if you like it, please vote.
  3. SnakeWitch
    Voted. This must be a delicate subject with the rest of your family, especially if you were raised in a household that ate quite a lot of meat. One suggestion I have for you is to try to make the entire family vegan. If you want your children to eat vegan, the best way is to have role models who are, or else they will ask for whatever you are eating. It may not be an easy step to take, but it will make a world of difference in the future. Other than that, I have no other suggestions! Come check out my new piece, They Say It's Misplaced Pride, and vote if you like it!
    1. athenar
      I currently live with my parents, and our whole household follows approximately the same diet. I'm hoping to have transitioned to a vegan diet by the time my boy is old enough to know the difference.
  4. moregreensplease
    When our son was one year I started spoon feeding him a portion of my shake every day.The shakes we share all have banana,apple,kiwi,kale or spinach,and berries for a base.I add a little hemp seed,chia seed and cinnamon or what ever I am in the mood for or have on hand.Even when the shake isn't all that sweet he would gulp it all down.This baby loves raw green vegetables too.Voted!


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