Mother Knows Best

Contributed by on 11/05/12

I only want what’s best for him. He’s so precious and so perfectly unspoilt, that I can’t bear to think of anything polluting him. So it’s all wheat-free, vegan organic – the whole time I was breastfeeding too ( none of that it’s-ok-to-have-one-glass-of-red-wine nonsense).

I’ve got the Origami Babycarrier (if you buy anything else then, really, you’re asking for trouble and setting up your child with bad posture for life). It’s important not to put too much pressure on yourself as a mum, but obviously you do have to take into account that unless you do everything perfectly now, you’ll ruin your baby’s life. You can’t get them back to those perfect little beings once you’ve started messing them up with processed grains and getting them hooked on sugar.

I’ve made a few mistakes myself. Switching to solids was a disaster. He adored all my organic vegan dishes and happily ate everything my husband and I ate so I thought it was all going brilliantly. But then I read about the Baby Bird Concept and realised that I was making a mockery of his digestive system. So now, before he eats anything, I chew it carefully and then pass it to him, mouth to mouth, just like a mummy bird. Babies haven’t developed the right saliva or enzymes to break down food properly and his teeth are brand new so they shouldn’t be worn down before he’s out of nappies. He loves it – just this morning we shared a delicious breakfast of miso soup, crushed collards, steamed radish skins and flax oil.

People sometimes ask me, ‘Surely there are times when things get on top of you, when you feel you can’t cope?’ Well, yes there are. It’s only natural – having a baby, regaining your perfect figure and keeping a marriage happy and alive can sometimes feel rather overwhelming. At times like these, I make a goji berry and acacia smoothie, sit in the gazebo for a few minutes and think, ‘What would Gwyneth do?’

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