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Recently I shared with you that as we started Mia on solid foods we would be introducing early allergens as a part of her solid foods diet. You can read more about why we wanted to introduce allergens early here. As growing research shows that common allergens can be introduced just like other first foods, we were both confident and excited to get Mia started with Inspired Start. Inspired Start is the ONLY baby food pouch on the market that incorporates potential allergens like peanut, tree nut, and even shellfish. I love that they use simple ingredients and never add sugar to their recipes.
With this philosophy in mind, how to cook and prepare common allergens such as Tree Nuts and Shellfish presented another problem! I’m currently pureeing baby foods like sweet potato and bananas but cooking up a batch of shrimp and then pureeing it doesn’t exactly appeal to me. No one has time for that. This is where Inspired Start just makes sense. They make it so easy for you to introduce allergens to your baby. Motherhood simplified.
With the sign off from our pediatrician we gave Mia solids at 4 months trying each staple baby food of fruits and vegetables with great success. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have another great eater in this family! From Apples to Squash she ate up everything we put on a spoon and sent her way. After success with core first foods, we started with Inspired Start(around month 5).
Most of you know by now, I love a beautifully packaged product. Inspired Start does not disappoint and in such a sensitive area such as what you are feeding your baby, the packaging keeps the foods organized with clear direction on where to start. Pack 1 introduces common allergens peanut, egg, tree nut and soy. Pack 2 introduces wheat, sesame, shrimp and cod. The packaging helps keep you organized with what you are feeding and what’s next so that you can look for signs of reactions along the way and tie it back to where you are at in the Pack.
We started Mia with Apple and Peanut and she was immediately obsessed. If you’ve seen any of my Instagram Stories you have seen her eating it up with baby conviction! I have yet another baby who wants to clearly do everything herself and the pouches allow event the littlest of hands to grab and self feed. All supervised of course while letting things get fun and even a little messy.
For Momma’s who want to keep in control, the squeeze and spoon method meticulously and neatly feeds your child in a breeze. I like to let her get a little crazy while Joe really prefers the pouches to the little jars or tubs of common baby foods. It’s a win-win for both parenting feeding styles. The pouches are also super easy to grab and toss into my bag for motherhood on the go. Each has a resealable cap so you can portion as needed. I sincerely couldn’t love it any more.
Flash forward 30 days later and Mia has gone through Pack 1 and most of Pack 2. The other day I came down to the kitchen to find Daddy eating a spoonful of peanut butter while holding Mia. This sounds pretty simple, but when a child is allergic to a common allergen it can make even being NEAR that allergen stressful. How is that for Mommy confidence at only 6 months?
Mia has loved Inspired Start so much that we will be keeping it as part of her regular diet. In a house of foodies, having a diverse palate with an enjoyable taste for shellfish and nuts is important to us. With Inspired Start alone we have already introduced Mia to more foods than she otherwise would have had at the age of 6 months old.
I would love to hear about your feeding journey with your little one and connect about my experience introducing common allergens to Mia. Please comment in the boxes below!