Our taste training continues and Little Miss A is still a very enthusiastic eater.
This week we added Parsnips, Pears and Swiss Chard. As expected, A enjoyed all of these and was especially enthusiastic about the Swiss Chard. She gobbled it right down and made it clear that she wanted more. I’m pretty sure she set a new record for the messiest she’s ever gotten. By the end of this feeding there was green in her hair, nose, ears, torso, legs…lets just say, our friend, Erica who was sitting with me as I fed her said “Allie, you’re the Hulk!”
This week, A will taste Red Bell Peppers, Lentils and Peaches. Being that Peaches aren’t exactly in season, I purchased frozen peaches that had been freshly picked and flash frozen (gotta love Wegmans!). I’ll be particularly interested to see how she handles the Lentils, as the texture is a bit thicker than any of the purees thus far.
I find myself struggling with when to add certain things like meats, dairy, herbs and spices. My gut tells me to gradually introduce everything around this time, though in a form that is pureed or mashed to an appropriate texture (of course we’ll still avoid the obvious things like honey and other things that we’ve been specifically instructed to wait on until the one year point). A has a Pedi appointment this week, so I will likely address this all then. I’d really like to have an idea as to where we’ll be headed next and put together a game plan.
A definitely shows and interest in feeding herself. Here and there she’ll grab the spoon and attempt to put it into her mouth. The results are literally hit or miss as her motor skills are still developing. She also tries to grab the bowl, especially when I’m not feeding her fast enough (hello, Swiss Chard!). I know that soon she’ll master the pincer grip which will be great because then she can feed herself. I would like to start having her at family meals as I want her to grow up understanding that meals are to happen at the table and are a time to be social and bond with your family and friends.
On Christmas day, I tried giving A some teeny, tiny pieces of super soft banana for to see if she’d try to feed herself. She basically looked at the banana pieces, and then up at me with a look that said, “Uh, what do you expect me to do with this?” So while I know we’re not there yet, I feel that it’s imminent.
I’d be interested to hear about when other babies began to feed themselves.
Vegetables that A likes:
- Green beans
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potato
- Brussels Sprouts
- Swiss Chard
Fruits the A likes:
Cereals that A likes:
For more on A’s introduction to solid foods, check out this index.
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