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I always hear no spices for babies, is there a reasoning behind it?<br><br>
My daughter really likes spiced food, particularly lentils and garlic mashed potatoes. Not that she eats much, but she will not eat at all mostly if it's bland, like steamed carrots.<br><br>
We now just offer her what we eat which is ethnic food mostly. is there a reason for not doing it?
 

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I think that the reasoning behind that is that you don't know how your babe will react to the different spices. I your dc does have a reaction it will be harder to pin point what caused the reaction. So introducing foods...or spices... one at a time will be easier to pin point in case of a reaction.
 

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Babies CAN have spices. <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449/" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449/</a><br><br>
I've never made anything different for baby than the rest of the family. They had it in my womb & in my breastmilk, why not in solids.
 

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Actually, I think that standard is slowly changing. I'm reading more and more news stories and research which encourage offering babes food with spice and flavor, rather than the bland cereals and such that have been so popular in the past.<br><br>
I did a quick Google search and found several articles <a href="http://kutv.com/healthyliving/local_story_048173213.html" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/can-babies-eat-spicy-food.html" target="_blank">here</a>.
 

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I've always heard that too, but, like pp's said, since my DD had it in utero and in my breastmilk, when the time comes I don't plan to make her food less spiced than our food, except I'll go easy on the really hot stuff (to protect her little tummy) and the garlic (it gives me gas, so I figure it might do the same for her). It's REALLY important to me that my kids appreciate a wide variety of foods (since my DH and I love to travel and to cook ethnic foods), and I always think, What do babies in other countries and cultures eat? They must eat all the things babies here are "not supposed" to eat, like curry, cilantro, garlic, etc., right? And they're fine! Like most things, I think it's a matter of moderation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Babies CAN have spices. <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449/" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9646449/</a><br><br>
I've never made anything different for baby than the rest of the family. They had it in my womb & in my breastmilk, why not in solids.</div>
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Same here, I tried baby food but she wouldn't have it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that the reasoning behind that is that you don't know how your babe will react to the different spices. I your dc does have a reaction it will be harder to pin point what caused the reaction. So introducing foods...or spices... one at a time will be easier to pin point in case of a reaction.</div>
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In see. Since I don't give one by one that's no issue then <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What do babies in other countries and cultures eat? They must eat all the things babies here are "not supposed" to eat, like curry, cilantro, garlic, etc., right? And they're fine! Like most things, I think it's a matter of moderation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Very true. I just make sure she doesn't get any or very little salt.
 

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We gave spices. Dd wouldn't touch food without <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
-Angela
 

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What a great time to read this, as we are about to really start introducing solids here.....I can't stand the thought of feeding my baby white rice cereal. I don't feed the rest of us white rice! Why would I feed it to her? I do have some oat cereal, but I do feed us oat cereal, lol. I think I'll make up a batch of enchiladas and see how she likes it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think I'll make up a batch of enchiladas and see how she likes it!</div>
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You joke, but I'll bet baby would absolutely LOVE them!!! LOL!
 

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Just be careful, y'all. My ds was allergic to cinnamon, something we discovered after feeding him homemade sweet potatoes and cinnamon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> It took him a year to outgrow it, but outgrow it he did. I ate cinnamon while I was pg and while nursing him, and he never had a reaction until he actually ingested it in food. It <i>can</i> and does happen.<br><br>
One spice at a time or staying away from highly allergenic spices is probably the safest way to go (silly me totally blanked and didn't even see that cinnamon is listed as like...THE number one most allergenic spice...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">).<br><br>
Anyway, it's an allergy thing.
 

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DS loves spicy foods. His favorite is med. heat butter chicken, which is pretty spicy. If he hadn't of liked it, I wouldn't have fed him those foods...<br><br>
I ate a LOT of Indian food while I was pregnant, maybe that's why he likes it?
 

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<a href="http://lifestyle.msn.com/FamilyandParenting/RaisingKids/ArticleBHG.aspx?cp-documentid=436024&GT1=8175" target="_blank">What Toddlers Eat Around the World</a>
 

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We've always given spices. DD grew into a VERY good eater, and even tells us now exactly how she wants her foods spiced.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://lifestyle.msn.com/FamilyandParenting/RaisingKids/ArticleBHG.aspx?cp-documentid=436024&GT1=8175" target="_blank">What Toddlers Eat Around the World</a></div>
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That's a really interesting article! Thanks for posting it!!<br><br>
I loved loved loved just feeding the kids what we ate... and our last daughter's first solid was crablegs - we've created a monster with expensive taste here! LOL!
 

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I thought the reasoning was if you gave them spiced foods they would not eat bland foods, so to start with bland foods so they would not need spices in their food. This would be especially true of salt.<br>
That being said, my daugher loves spicy food and has always eaten what we eat.
 

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DD would only eat flavorful foods at first. Now over 2, she's suddenly wants less spice. Maybe her buds have developed better and are more sensitive or something. I don't know. But we did give spiced food.
 

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Ds just turned 6 months last week and we have let him have a few tastes of food. Garlic mashed potatoes are his favorite!! That and he was crazy over the chili we had saturday night!<br>
(It wasn't five alarm or anything.. and it wasn't an intentional feed.. he kinda just grabbed the spoon from dh and shoved it in his mouth and was vocalizing like crazy for more~ the same kind of noises he makes when he wants to nurse more)<br>
I have no aversion to giveing them what we eat.. i'd rather they like the spices cause we use them a lot.. however I woudlnt' specifically sweeten things to get them to eat them.. (liek some people I know add sugar to their kids oatmeal or whatever)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We gave spices. Dd wouldn't touch food without <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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See, it's the same here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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