Gluten Free Baby.
There's a whole freaking list of things that we've done, as parents, to keep The Thought out of our heads. We don't go nuts here, but we have made some decisions that are different from those of our fellow new parents. Like the decision to breast feed. And then the decision to integrate solid foods closer to the six month mark rather than the four month mark. And we've also decided to go gluten free with our little bird.
What a pain in the butt this "gluten free" thing is. I do not envy anyone who is living with celiac, or who cares for someone with celiac disease. I've never read so many product labels in my entire life.
But there are plenty of options for a gluten-free lifestyle, and there are even pancakes to be had. (Thanks for the tip, Gluten-Free Goddess @danamlewis.) And for now, BSparl is dining on Earth's Best Organic rice cereal, mushed together with their First Food jars. She's happy. She also gets the whole process now, and opens her mouth like a true baby bird when I bring the spoon anywhere within a five mile radius of her face. (Keeping it mostly in her mouth and not all over said face? That's still a challenge, but she'll get it eventually. Either that, or she'll be a hell of a dinner date when she's older.)
Since BSparl is still a baby, her food options are limited as a result of our slow integration and her age, but as she gets older, I want her to be able to grab on those same finger foods that all growing babies manage to get their mitts on.
Which is why I was thrilled that the Happy Baby food company created a gluten-free counterpart to their fantastic puffs:
I know this diabetes community has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all-things gluten-free. So I'm hoping you might have some suggestions as to what kind of other gluten-free baby foods are out there. I'm not afraid to order items online, so if you have a link, please share!! I'm aiming for 12 months without gluten for the baby, but if it's going well, I may extend the lifestyle decision. Any suggestions you have would be awesome!