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Sep 18, 2005 10:46 PM

Help! My Chowpup Eats Everything!!

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(Assuming that this post belongs on Not About Food instead of Home Cooking?)
We came back from China two weeks ago with our new daughter, the most beautiful, head strong one-year-old on the planet. Her passions in life are music and food (and, sorry to say, Gerber Fruit Puffs). Her pediatrician says it's safe for us to feed her anything except peanuts at this point, but surely there are limits. It was cute to watch her enjoy bites of my foie gras, but will it give her indigestion? She made a stink at Blue Ribbon in Brooklyn and they brought her her own dish of oxtail marmalade. She's all over anything with flavor (fruit puffs notwithstanding) but I wonder if a baby's digestive system can really tolerate spicy foods? She laps it all up. God knows I have no desire to force feed her bland, flavorless food, but I wonder if there's any compelling reason to limit her intake of the really tasty stuff?

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    janet of reno

    well, I would assume that if she is able to handle solid foods just about anything is fair game. Its a good idea to introduce new foods one at a time so that if there is an allergic reaction you have an idea as to what caused it. I wouldn't worry about upset tummies.....besides, you'll learn quick enough :-) I can remember being in India and watching my SIL feed her one year old all kinds of spicy curries.....He still loves her cooking! (As would anyone.....) Be happy your child is an adventurous eater, and please do nothing to discourage it!!

    1. Sounds like you've adopted a Chowhound's dream child. Many congratulations.

      Two good friends of mine adopted a baby in India, and as part of the process, was with her in India for awhile. While there, the baby was often fed spicy food and tolerated it well.

      Now, seven years old, her tastes run to hamburgers and french fries. Although she still loves dosas.

      1. Besides peanuts, the only thing I've ever heard that you should withhold - but only in the first year - is honey, due to a type of botulism that could possibly be present. But you did say your baby is a year old already, right? Anyway, take a look at this link from the National Honey Board.


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          Michele Cindy

          Congratulations! Some other items... any juice that is not pasturized. Raisins can be a choking hazard. I liked the books by Dr. Miriam Stoppard (UK). She may have one on toddler foods worth checking out.

        2. Congratulations on your new addition!!

          My son at 12-14 months loved chicken livers, salmon mouse, pepper jack cheese. When we first introduced solid foods he just ate what we ate, ground up, spices and all (and we like it SPICEY). He didn't turn his nose up at anything until well after 3. Except for allergy risk (peanuts, peanut butter etc), bacteria (raw honey) or toxins (mercury in tuna, swordfish) I wouldn't worry about feeding her anything and everything. Even with things like tuna/swordfish once and while won't cause any problems.

          1. Up until the age of ten, when I discovered to my amazement that I did not like custard pie, the only food I had ever refused was when I was eight months old and we were snowbound in Maine with just two jars of baby food, both strained green beans. Guess what I decided I would no longer eat...