There are a lot of motherhood sins I need to confess.
I had a caesarean with my first and a whole sh*tload of drugs with my second and third babies.
I breastfed them and then I gave them a bottle and all three kids refused to give that up.
My last born had a dummy and my first born slept in my bed.
I’ve skipped through pages when reading Where are the Green Sheep and I’ve been known to hide our copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I’ve occasionally forgotten to send my kids to school without their lunch/library books/sports kit/ excursion notes and I never, ever, EVER listen when they are talking about Minecraft or Lionel Messi’s latest hat-trick.
Oh, and today I realised there was another parenting sin I had committed.
I fed them baby food in squeeze pouches.
You know the stuff. You know you know it.
With your first baby you swore you’d never touch it.
No baby of mine is going to eat something prepared in a (gasp) commercial kitchen.
You swore your precious firstborn would only ever ingest substances created by you. You averted your eyes and pushed that trolley firmly down the baby food aisle.
Never would you touch the evil stuff.
What kind of mother would?
It probably lasted a few months right? You’ve probably blocked out exactly how you got your hands on the very first tube, lest you should ever have to ‘fess up, but there it was nonetheless. It was innocent enough looking all covered in pictures of fruits and veggies and using words like “natural” and “organic” so why not try it just once?
Just once you lulled yourself into believing.
Come baby number three it’s hard to remember being so pompous.
The baby food aisle was the first stop (after the Kinder Surprise for the screaming two-year-old in the trolley).
Even today I come across unused pouches of the liquid gold in car glove boxes, down the back of couches, in the bottom of my handbag along with a few tampons and a hand-bag sized ball pump.
(Who knows when you need to blow up a limp soccer ball right?)
So it’s a shame to read, once again, that mums like me, are being shamed - once again - for making our lives convenient, simple and even that little bit easier by feeding our babies commercial baby food.
There is a headline shaming us all today branding squeezy baby pouches as “takeaway food” for babies.
A series of nutritionists have told News Limited that these squeeze pouch foods are "too sweet", "too smooth" and that mothers who give them to their babies obviously don’t give a sh*t about their babies and are only out for themselves.
Well they didn’t exactly say the last part, but it’s the feeling you are left with isn’t it.