Organic vs. Non Organic

Hope - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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This is a broad question. I'm not even into the food stage and I'm not breastfeeding because of various problems, but I'm curious about how everyone does or plans on feeding their children? Are you going to make your own baby food from whole fresh fruits and veggies? And as they get older do you plan on buying all organic foods? Or is it not a matter or organic or non-organic to you?

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Amber - posted on 07/23/2009

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My son is just over 6 months and started foods a month ago. I have tried regular jar food, organic jar food, and homemade food. My son hated the regular foods, liked the organic jar food, but loves the homemade foods. I also find it so much cheaper and once I got the hang of it I can make a month or two worth of food in just hours. I buy the organic veggies and fruits and it is still way cheaper than jar food. Also I don't go to the whole foods store for them I just go to the organic section in Jewel or any other food store. It isn't that much more. I work full time and still can make my own foods I would definately reccomend it. I figured out how to cook everything at www.wholesomebabyfood.com and I use a little $10 chopper and then put it in the blender to get the right consistancy.

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Cassidy - posted on 10/02/2015

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Hi Hope,

I recently wrote a blog spot about baby steps to start going organic. If you're still considering it, maybe these small steps (like making your own organic baby shampoo) can help! However you do it though, start small and then change your whole lifestyle. It will be easier that way.
http://tuesdaystantrum.blogspot.com/2015...

Best, Cassidy

SummerBrook - posted on 11/12/2013

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Definitely Organic. There are so many studies linking pesticides to various ailments. Many of the studies completed that are independently funded show a significant health impact on children etc. and that it is causes toxicity. However, if you look at studies done by Monsanto who is a producer of their own herbicides etc. you will get different results.

I truly believe we can argue on and on whether or non organic is better or not.
However, I tend to think that if the chemical is harmful in a larger quantity then it is harmful in the long-term because it can bio-accumulate in our bodies and can weaken the immune system. I think eating organic helps our immune system stay at an optimal level. I can say, I have personally experienced this through changing my own diet.

Also, Corn, Papaya and Wheat are all genetically modified in baby food now unless it is organic. There are no long term safety reviews on humans, so I personally would not feed my child these non-organic. How can you trust a company that is genetically modifying these types of food when they were responsible for Agent Orange, Aspartame and so many other chemicals that are endangering the health of the public, Once you start to do your research in all aspects, you truly begin to see the big picture and why ORGANIC is the way to go for your little one.

Hope - posted on 07/23/2009

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I can't thank all of you enough for the help!!!! I really plan on organic myself because taste is better and NO hormones! Thanks!!!

Michelle - posted on 07/23/2009

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I did loads of research before my daughter went on solids and found that there is no proof that organic food is better than normal food. I also found that the jars of food all taste the same to a baby so they dont get different tastes. Its cheaper to make you own food. I just use a different veg with potatoe cos its filling and cheese for lunch and for dinner the same but i add some fish or chicken. Thats all our babys need for the first 18 months and i just give my daughter cut up fruit for puddings and snacks and she feeds herself (very messy).

Andrea - posted on 07/23/2009

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I have feed my son(7 months) organic since birth. I think anytime you can keep strange chemicals and additives out of your child's diet the better. I tried making organic homemade baby food but just don't have the time. So, I use Earth's Best, they seem to have the best varieties.

Brandice - posted on 07/23/2009

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I purchase only organic baby food for my son who is 5months and eating the stage 2 foods. I buy the Earth's Best Brand. It is sold at Target and BabiesRUs, as well as online. I chose to use this food, because not only is organic better for him, but the varieties are so much better. Brands like Gerber tend to just throw the meat, veggies, and fruit into one jar and call it something. Earth's Best does combinations of things that I myself would eat. (that is if it wasn't pureed) The jars are maybe 10cents more expensive than gerber, but to save money I buy the cases. I started him on organic also, because I've had nonorganic and organic food items and the organic is always better as far as taste goes. Yes sometimes it's a bit more expensive, but it's worth it to me. My daughter who is 4 had regular baby food because organic wasn't offered then and I was a single mom and didn't have the money/time to make homemade baby food. She turned out fine, but now eats organic veggies, milk, meat, etc with me and my husband.

Abigail - posted on 07/23/2009

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Organic is good for some things but not all. With fruits and veggies with hard skins, organic isn't really needed...soft skins is better organic. It's really expensive here but we get it when we can with certain things.

Tiffany - posted on 07/23/2009

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I actually didn't give my daughter organic baby food because I hadn't thought to much about it, until she was 1 thats when we all started trying to eat organic as much as possible. I shopped around until I found a local organic store I liked, there are certain things more important to buy organic then others, especially different fruits and veggies because of the absorbency of their skin to the chemicals; such as bananas (not so much) and tomatoes (a big yes) are more important when you are on a budget. I get an email everyday from Idealbite.com they have great tips for healthy living. We are trying for a second baby now and I plan to try and make this baby's food, so far it sounds easy, similarly priced and healthier. Hope this helps!!

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I made 90% of my kids baby food and bought a few organic jars. we buy organic as much as possible and we also buy fair trade. I read in a parents magazine that if you look at the produce sticker (north america) that you can tell if growth hormones/chemicals were used. If the number has a 4 as the first nuber than dont buy it because it is filled with hormones. Peaches usally have that 4 as the first number on the sticker so thoes you may want to buy organic. Things like apples might not matter so much unless they are not native to your area.

we try to buy as local as possible.

Kylie - posted on 07/22/2009

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Where I live Organic is expensive. Our shopping bill is high enough without adding extra for organic chicken and veggies. We have crop rotation beds in our back yard so the only organic produce we get is what we grow ourselves. We have free range chickens so we get organic eggs and i buy organic cereals when they are on special. I think as long as kids are eating healthy food and you wash the fresh produce really well non-organic is perfectly fine. if you can afford it go organic as it tastes better too. My baby boy prefers the shop bought jar food to my home made home, grown baby food. little bugger:p

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