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Is it ok for my 13 month old to regularly eat wholemeal bread?

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mariajp Mon 16-Jul-07 19:28:01

I've been told that I shouldn't give my baby wholemeal bread, only white. Does anybody know if this is true? I've tried her with white and she doesn't like it!

Ceolas Mon 16-Jul-07 19:29:03

never heard this. Can't see why not

suzycreamcheese Mon 16-Jul-07 19:29:31

ds has only ever really had brown bread wholemeal or seedy
never heard this before
white is just more refined
i would say its definately more than okay!

Desiderata Mon 16-Jul-07 19:29:49

If you haven't noticed any ill-effects then carry on. At 13 months her gut should be able to cope, but the 'lighter' wholemeals would be a better idea at this stage in her development.

EscapeFrom Mon 16-Jul-07 19:30:31

My 15 month old only regularly gets brown, wholemeal and preferably multigrain bread!

I hope it's ok, vbecause I'm not keen on white.

CorrieDale Mon 16-Jul-07 19:30:50

Who told you not to? Babies shouldn't have cereals like all-bran, or low-fat products, but there's nothing wrong with wholemeal bread. It's all that was available hundred of years ago!

CatIsSleepy Mon 16-Jul-07 19:32:10

never heard that-dd always gets wholemeal and always has done. what's the problem with it?

Lullabyloo Mon 16-Jul-07 19:35:43

my ds has always had wholemeal bread...he hates white...it's so much better nutritionally.
Who told you to give her white?

JoanCrawford Mon 16-Jul-07 19:38:38

I've heard that too. It's because wholemeal bread will 'fill them up' too much, so they won't eat much else, hence missing out on other vitamins and goodness.

It's advice I choose to ignore though.

Roskva Mon 16-Jul-07 19:39:19

I hope it's not true - I have been giving dd wholemeal since she was about 9 months old. I can't stand white bread...

CatIsSleepy Mon 16-Jul-07 19:43:33

joan, no sign of it filling my dd up too much...she is a bottomless pit...

Seona1973 Mon 16-Jul-07 19:47:15

This is what babycentre says:

High-fibre foods

A high fibre diet is not suitable for babies or young children. Occasional use of wholemeal bread, pasta and grains is fine, but too many of them could fill up your child's tummy, not allowing room for other foods. Do not add bran to your baby's food since it prevents some important minerals from being absorbed. Do offer your child a variety of different starchy foods, including wholegrain varieties, but don't use wholegrain foods exclusively until your child is five years old.


I use a micture of white, wholemeal, Best of Both, etc

Roskva Mon 16-Jul-07 19:50:30

my dd is a bottomless pit, too. Plus I'd rather she fill up on a bit of bread, than on the plastic from her bib, which she was happily pulling off with her teeth while I made her tea [big sigh emoticon]!

MoosMa Mon 16-Jul-07 19:56:44

I can't give DD (22mo) wholemeal anything as it whizzes straight through her She has white bread and lots of hard boiled eggs!

grammarpolice Mon 16-Jul-07 19:57:19

Split infinitive

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Reduced to £30 if you pay within 28 days

No appeals

beansprout Mon 16-Jul-07 19:58:56

I'm not going to start giving ds white bread on the basis that it is full of crap.

JoanCrawford Mon 16-Jul-07 20:01:31

I cater for two bottomless pits too!

I would much rather mine eat better quality bread like wholemeal or seeded, than white rubbish.

If they were eating too much of it and missing out on other food groups, I'd know.

If I remember rightly, Annabel Karmel says 'don't eat wholemeal'in her books whilst the lady who writes for the Times (name escapes me, wrote a food book called Yummy!) says it's perfectly fine and good for lo's to eat wholemeal.

Roskva Mon 16-Jul-07 20:07:42

I'm working on the principle that dd may as well get used to what the rest of the family eats. Bread - usually toasted - is still a bit of treat for her, she doesn't have it every day.

Heathcliffscathy Mon 16-Jul-07 20:11:40

where is the split infinitive? and do i get fined for not knowing?

Lullabyloo Mon 16-Jul-07 20:39:26

lol
jane clarke is the Times lady

MoosMa Mon 16-Jul-07 21:54:21

There are no split infinitives on this thread, am I missing something?

mariajp Mon 16-Jul-07 23:22:09

Thanks everyone. You all pretty much confirmed what I thought so I'll stop worrying about it.

CountessDracula Mon 16-Jul-07 23:25:33

I think in the title - to regularly eat

Aitch Mon 16-Jul-07 23:26:42

jane clarke says two/thirds wholemea, one third white for pasta, bread etc.

expatinscotland Mon 16-Jul-07 23:28:25

Huh? We make 50/50 in the breadmaker. Always have and that's what DDs have been eating for donks.

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