I keep seeing people warning against some of the ingredients included in recipes in this book. It is true that as mothers we must use caution when it comes to what our children consume. But keep an open mind ladies (and gentleman) The AAP has set guidelines that we have considered the standard for many years HOWEVER, those guidelines have recently begun to be revised... fish, eggs, citrus and dairy were considered no no's for children under the age of one in previous years, however, if you child has no history of food allergies, and you have no family history of specific allergies (IE citrus, or eggs) then the introduction plan of 1 new food, for 3 -4 days watching for signs of allergic reaction is completely safe. One of the reason the AAP recommends holding off on fish although EXCELLENT for developing baby's eye, brain etc. because of the high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids... is because conventional store bought/farm raised fish can have toxic levels of mercury and other chemicals in them. If you're going to introduce fish to baby, ALWAYS use wild-caught/organic white fish. There is also MUCH research coming about indicating that introducing these foods at an earlier age then 1 year DOES NOT prevent a food allergy. Generally if they are going to have one, it's there after the age of 9 months when babies begin to completely rely on their own immune systems and not the antibodies in mothers milk. I'm not saying this to combat others comments, just to bring peace of mind that if you feel as though your child is healthy, and has no health complications (such as known family history) or indicators of food sensitivity's (such as eczema which can indicate a milk protein, soy, or gluten allergy) reflux (you'd want to stay away from the citrus, tomatoes and high acid content foods)etc... GO FOR IT! On the subject of cows milk, which seems to be one of the things I keep seeing mentioned... there is a difference between a glass of milk and CULTURED whole milk products, such as yogurt which she often recommends using... it IS absolutely AMAZING for babies 6 months and older and PERFECTLY SAFE! In cultured milk products the lactose is broken down differently b/c of the fermenting process so it doesn't have the same affect on someone with a general dairy allergy. However, if you have a severe milk PROTEIN allergy, or family history of such, you may want to wait. For Example Stonyfiels farms organic yo'baby yogurt is for babies 6 months of age... so happy yogurting b/c it's SO great for baby... lot's of healthy probiotics,& omega 3 fatty acids...
Check out this link on the AAP website HealthyChildren.org where they actually now RECOMMEND many of these foods as part of a healthy diet for children age 6 MONTHS and over. [...]
I copied and pasted this directly from the AAP website
Many pediatricians recommend against giving eggs and fish in the first year of life because of allergic reactions, but there is no evidence that introducing these nutrient-dense foods after 4 to 6 months of age determines whether your baby will be allergic to them. Give your baby one new food at a time, and wait at least 2 to 3 days before starting another. After each new food, watch for any allergic reactions such as diarrhea, rash, or vomiting. If any of these occur, stop using the new food and consult with your child's doctor.
Within a few months of starting solid foods, your baby's daily diet should include a variety of foods each day that may include the following:
* Breast milk and/or formula * Meats * Cereal * Vegetables * Fruits * Eggs and fish