Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Baby food... no thanks
With each of my children, I try to keep an open mind and not be dead set on any one plan. I just try and do what seems best for that child. When it came to food, with Serene I used "baby led weaning" to help her learn to eat. I didn't give her baby food. I just started her in on whole bananas, large pieces of avocado, and any other food we were eating. I just put it on her tray and let her do her thing. It worked great and Serene has never been a picky eater... which is part of the point of "baby led weaning". Anyway, with Ben I had envisioned doing this BUT, since at nine month he only had two teeth, I have to admit I was a little scared. When Serene was nine months she had six teeth (yes, six... she had all her baby teeth by 15 months). It seemed so much easier to trust her gag reflex when there was a nice little set of "chompers" in there to chomp up that food! =)
Ok so with Ben I've been trying traditional baby type food.... you know, the mashed up, pureed, liquidy stuff! Well turns out, he wants no part of it. I thought he just didn't want any table food yet but then by accident when I had my head turned Serene (who sits in a high chair right next to her brother) gave him the bread she didn't want from her sandwich and he starts eating away. At first I kind of freaked out but as I watched he was doing great. Ok, whole wheat bread was not what I had envisioned him eating (starting children on grains too early can cause food allergies later in life) BUT, he was enjoying it so I let it go. Next I got a banana and gave him a entire half and he held that thing and gnawed at it until he had eaten every last bite and cried for more!
That brings me to now. In the past week I have discovered that Ben loves boiled carrots, peas, potatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, brown rice and the occasional whole wheat bread his sister sneaks him. =) I guess this is true "baby led weaning"... led by the nine month old baby and the two year old baby!