Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Good Ship Lollipop
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We started feeding our baby pickles at 14 months. Pickles are a culturally important food for us, and especially for my dh. His mom and her parents grew up on the Lower East Side of New York and they get pickles every year at Passover as a special seasonal food.
Pickles are supposed to be a spur to appetite, and we found that our ds would eat more other food if we gave him some pickle. They are very salty and high in sodium, but since they got our son interested in his food, we liked him to have them.
If you don't feel comfortable with your 12 month old eating pickles, then your MIL shouldn't give them to her. It's just like with any other food: your MIL will have many opportunities in the future, when the child is older, to feed her pickles, ice cream, sugar cereal, you name it. For now, she should lay off!
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.