Every mom remembers the first food they fed their new eater. We fed Corrine rice cereal like the doctor recommended. It went over fine, she ate it and we were all happy. We went from there and explored the rainbow of fruits and vegetables making sure to introduce more veggies than fruits. Until we got to anything green…. especially pureed peas. I don’t blame ya kid, that stuff didn’t look good.
But eventually, she got over it. Now she loves green beans, avocado and lots of other green things.
I couldn’t stomach giving my child the meat baby foods. Yuck…. So we focused a lot of her protein sources from yogurt, cheese, and beans. And I made a majority of her baby food, like I’m sure many of you do as well. Thank god for my vitamix. That thing would puree anything! I had a notion that baby food in a jar is highly processed and not what I wanted to feed her. But honestly, convenience won some of the time. My suggestion is read labels! Pick the foods with the least amount of ingredients and it’ll be almost like you made it at home. Just because it’s from a jar, doesn’t mean it’s not nutritious for your child. Some baby food brands even advertise minimal processing, like Beech Nut.
As they grow into a skilled eater, keep things simple. Have your child eat what you eat only cut it up into bite size pieces. Now, that’s where we are with Corrine. She’s somewhat opinionated with what she will eat but we haven’t reached the truly picky stage that I’m sure to come.
A few suggestions when it comes to feeding your child, regardless of age.
- Understand your responsibility: as the parent, you decide what to eat, and when to eat. The child is responsible for whether they will eat and how much.
- Allow for lots of independence. Let your kid get messy with food. That’s how they explore and learn textures.
- It takes up to ten times for a child to form an opinion about a food. So even if they don’t like it at first, continue to offer it.
- Model good eating habits. Your child will likely eat what you will so eat those veggies!
- Don’t get caught up if you child will only eat a certain thing for weeks at a time. That’s called a food jag and it will pass. But continue to offer all food items on that particular meal’s menu.
Let me hear what you think? What’s the most frustrating thing about feeding your child? And what has worked for you?