Gourmet baby from the getgo… — 5 Minutes for Special Needs


Do you cook seperate for someone in the family?  Do they have special dietary restrictions or needs? 

My son has a dairy allergy.  I say an allergy because it appears that if we avoid it all together we have a sweeter life.  We’ve never had an official test, but doctor’s have said why test you already know what works.  If he gets ANY dairy during a day, he’s fine, but come 2:00 in the morning life is much more…hmmmm…trying to come up with a nice word….sour.  He screams and scream and screams all night even through the morning.  So we found out early on if we avoid it all together we can sleep through the night.

So this brings us to our next issue.  My son, due to his Cerebral Palsy, isn’t able to eat food that is not pureed.  Do you know how hard it is to puree meet?  I mean really to get it to that creamy/pasty texture is very difficult.  I don’t want to add water to the meet as it adds no caloric value to the food.  Water is an empty calorie food which doesn’t help us to add fat to his diet (fat is mostly made with dairy <God help me>).  Weight is an endless battle, he burns off calories due to his spacticity, so we’re constantly trying to put weight on him.  We had finall hit 35 pounds last July, only to be admitted for pancreatitis in August…do you know how they treat that?  starve you until your pancrease calms down…iv diet…then re-intro fluids to your diet and check your numbers to make sure they’re going down….so we lost some weight during this time.  Now my son’s doctor wants me to give him a antihistomine that should increase his hunger.  Well I really don’t want to do that, my son is thin, but you can’t count his ribs.  He eats, sorry to say baby food from jars…but he eats 5-6 of them at a time.  He’s always been a gourmet baby.  So recently I ordered some new foods online, as I needed to get food from the store, but wasn’t able to get to the store.  So I did my shopping online.  I ordered almost $300 worth of baby foods, stage 2 & 3 variety since we hadn’t tried many of the varieties before.  WELL~ He loved it!  He loved that food, it was more textured, it had flavor, but yet he was still eating 4-6 pouches at a time.  I was actually surprised on how well he did with the textures.  There were some foods that I thought he was going to sputter with…but he ate them like they were going out of style.  Well here we are 3 weeks later & and the very end of the food…I had to place another order…as when I tried to feed him a couple jars of food that I found in the cupboard…he yelled at me, he became quite vocal.  So it’s apparent that jars are not going to do it now.  The packets are not sold around here so I can order them again.  This time, in an effort to make it last a little longer…I have ordered a little bit more…almost $400 worth of food.  Free shipping after $49, so I should be a favorite customer!!!  I don’t spend that on food for me & my husband in 2 months  but i’m trying to avoid a doctor that wants him to gain and gain. .. but then she’s not carrying him up the stairs to go to bed. or lifting him and carrying him around a house that really isn’t practical. 

You may think i’m nuts.  I can see that, I could puree food for him, but without dairy we have to cook seperate for him.  I’m dont have much time, I’m usually tending to mother and homeschooling my son.  So really it leave NO time to cook and prepare foods the way he needs them.  Often my meals are whatever I find to throw together to make a “meal” which has often been a bag of veggies from the freezer that have been steamed in the microwave.  but you got to do whatever you have to do.

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I'm a homeschooling mom to a wonderful special boy. Tristan has spastic quadraplegia (CP), severe cortical vision impairment, seizure disorder, and he is non-verbal. I honestly think he's the one doing the teaching. I would not change anything!

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1 Jo April 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I don’t think you are nuts. I wholeheartedly agree with you-you gottta do what you gotta.
We have feeding issues in my house. My youngest in particular has to eat little and often like every 2-3 hours. Too much he throws up…
Failure to thrive came knocking on the door for the youngest between 12-18 months. I am grateful for the jars. They helped us get the weight on. I probably could tell you the calorie count on most of them.
Thankfully he is ok with dairy so I can’t even imagine trying to do it without dairy.
If it works for you and your family keep with it…

2 Mary E.S. April 3, 2011 at 1:18 am

Two of my nieces had the same problem with dairy.Have you tried adding apple juice to the meat when pureeing it? I did it when I made my own baby food because a certain person wouldn’t drink hardly any juice and it gave the meat a smoother texture.

3 Tammie April 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Thanks, no i haven’t tried juice, but it’s a thought. I have done swiss steak w/tomato juice…that went pretty well. Thanks for the ideas though.

4 Elizabeth April 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Have you seen the new Baby Bullet? Maybe that would be an option for you, it looks really quick and easy to do. There’s also the Beaba Baby Cook.



5 Tammie April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Thanks, I’ve seen the infomercial. I actually started with the bullet…the regular one. It doesn’t do as good as it shows with meat. We actually burnt & stripped out the motor. At Christmas I got a Vitamix which is supose to pulverise anything…but in order to use it, I have to be home to cook things for my son. I appreciate the tips. I’m going to check out that cook book. I have several books that are dairy free varieties but by the time you buy the ingredients for one recipe…you’ve blown your budget for the month. 🙁 Need to get to that extreme couponing and see how they all do that 🙂 But thanks for the ideas.

6 Elizabeth April 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

The baby bullet looks pretty cool, I can imagine it wouldn’t handle meat very well but everything else I would think it would. I probably would have bought it myself when my son was a baby.

7 Elizabeth April 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I do coupon, not extreme but from what I’ve heard about that show it’s not all real anyway. You can save with couponing and sales, I save about 60% on a good trip. It’s rare to get coupons for produce though.

8 Elizabeth April 8, 2011 at 8:17 am

I saw this on woot today and thought of you, Ninja Master Prep Professional 450-Watt Food Processor and Hand Mixer Bundle, $34.99 + $5 shipping.


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