Is this really the ultimate in bad parenting?
I always wanted to be one of those clever mummies.
You know the types with Tupperware containers of organic home cooked baby food, completed with the printed sticky labels saying “organic kumara and chickpea” or “spring pea and kale”.
They would whip it out of their carefully organised baby bags, where it had been nestling neatly next to the sippy cup of cooled boiled water, the fragrance free organic wipes and the change of clothes.
I was the hopelessly unorganised one (you know the can-I-just-borrow-a-nappy-I-seem-to-have-forgotten type) I would cast envious glances towards those nappy bags while I pulled a squeezy pouch of mush out of my bag and squelched it down my son’s throat. (I couldn’t borrow a spoon too could I?)
When I had my first baby there was this strange stigma surrounding the use of commercial baby food. Those bought in a (gasp) supermarket.
It could have been the entrenched mentality from spending too much time in mother’s group, or it could have just been the high expectations we all placed on ourselves to be an uber-mum, but those who boiled and mushed themselves were just that little bit more “mum” than the rest of us.
By the time my second and third kids came around, I was too sleep deprived to give a fig what any of the other mothers thought and would have drip-fed my children McDonald's if was healthy enough (sadly it wasn’t).
But there is still a pre-existing judgment among some that those of us who don’t have the time or inclination to spend hours baking, boiling and bashing vegetables into small sealed containers aren't fulfilling their duty.
If you want to see what baby food really tastes like then watch this. Post continues after video.
It was confirmed by an opinion expressed in News Limited by the
food police a “food expert” who dismissed the use of squeezy packed baby food and tinned baby food as “poor quality” saying we mums need to find the time to make our own baby food.