First, it's mother's milk(or formula). Just when you are getting the hang of that we start introducing solid foods in the form of thin soups of veggies and fruits. Cereal might be added. You add slowly, making sure there are no allergies, watching for the smallest hive or rash. Then all of the sudden you can give your baby puffs, yogurt and other things with actual texture! The world of possibilities just opens right up!
When Kayden was young, I gave him every stage baby food at the appointed time. Snacks and even toddler meals were specially and expensively packaged just for my 'graduate'. Thinking back I cringe at the pasta pick ups, mini TV dinners and sugar filled cereal bars I gave him. At the time I thought I was giving him the best money could buy. But who said the most expensive thing is the best? We ended up with a very picky eater who was not accustomed to eating what his parents were eating. I always ended up making two dinners. It has been a long struggle to get him to even consider the food we eat and we still have a few issues. If Kayden had it his way he would eat PB&J for every meal. He is slowly adding food onto his approved list but it has(and still is) been a struggle.
This time I was determined to get Liam used to adult food as soon as possible.
We also will steam squash, yams and zucchini cut up into little pieces. And like his big brother, muffins are a big hit.
He LOVES feeding himself and I love being able to eat at the table with him and Kayden. I have learned not to be afraid of chunky, textured food. If Liam does gag on something he quickly clears it out. Once I have had to smack him on his back to help but every other time he has cleared whatever food is stuck before I can even get out of my chair. It is a skill I want him to learn but I still watch him like a hawk when he eats because he shoves fistfuls of whatever is on his plate into his mouth.
We still carry puffs and yogurt drops with us since they are a great way to snack on the run but I get to ignore most of the baby isle at the grocery store completely! I have exactly 2 jars of 'just in case' baby food in my pantry and I keep a frozen tube of organic yogurt and my Boon Spoon ready if we are going to be out of the house for breakfast.
I know we have not skipped over the picky eater stage but my hope is he will pull out of it sooner than the 2 years it took his brother.
What are your feeding tips and tricks?