Should You Feed Your Baby a Paleo Diet?

Paleo diets are all the rage right now, and I have to admit that I'm completely guilty of jumping on the bandwagon. 

Not because I'm a “fad” person by any means, but because the appeal of eating food that is as close to natural as possible just makes a lot of sense to me. I don't follow a strict Paleo diet at all, but when I can, I like aiming for lots of proteins, fresh foods, and low sugar in my diet. It makes me feel better, and I think I may even be finally starting to drop the baby weight! (A girl can dream, right?) 

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But one thing I'm not so sure about jumping on the bandwagon about is the new cookbook aimed towards a Paleo diet — for your baby. 

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Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans thinks he's found the answer to starting your baby out on a healthy diet from the start with the introduction of his book, Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way. 

As popular as Paleo may be, the book was immediately halted for health concerns, especially for a homemade baby formula that was made from liver and bone broth and reportedly contained 10 times the safe level of vitamin A for babies. 

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The Australian government was so concerned about the book that they even feared it could be deadly. “In my view, there's a very real possibility that a baby may die if this book goes ahead,” said Heather Yeatman, president of the Public Health Association of Australia, Time reports

While the American Academy of Pediatricians doesn't currently have a statement for or against the Paleo diet for babies or young children, it recommends a “wide variety” of foods from the food pyramid, including grains, vegetables, fruit, and fats. If you are still interested in living a Paleo lifestyle with your family, there are few “Paleo staples” that are great choices to incorporate into your infant's well-balanced diet once he/she starts solids foods:

  • Sweet potatoes (pureed or mashed, once baby can handle chunkier textures)
  • Bananas
  • Avocados (a great first finger food or mashed)
  • Eggs (scrambled are a good first choice)

Would you feed your child a Paleo diet?

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Should You Feed Your Baby a Paleo Diet?

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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