Week 11 of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop
Topic: Introducing Solids
The age old question... okay not really but you get where I am going - When do you give that baby food???
Life With Levi
The Slacker Mom & Diary Of A Devil Dog Wife
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My Life With Bug
Food is always such a touchy matter and like EVERYTHING else when it comes to babies and children everybody knows the best way and you are wrong.
What works for one child will inevitably not work with the other child(ren) and in the case of our baby girl, our Jamba Mama, that was certainly true. Goofy has a love hate relationship with food. In fact, until he was about 2 1/2 he would rather drink his meals, so to speak. He was a milk drinker. He would rather have his sippy of milk then sit down and eat. It was not until he went to a sitter that he started to really eat. I use to call her the "Food Whisper" because she could get him to eat. She was more determined. I was/am way more laid back. "He'll eat when he's hungry" has always been my attitude. I would make it... if he didn't eat, then he didn't eat.
I also have always practiced baby led feeding or baby led weaning. He tried most things, once and rejected it the next 15 times. He has always been a big fan of veggies and fruit; he hates meat. He tolerates chicken and turkey, barely. He would never eat traditional things liked mashed potatoes (too messy) or meatloaf (too meaty) and would eat, on occasion, Daddy's (only, Daddy's) spaghetti and only if he could not see the meat. He loved veggie burger (not any more), turkey smokies (still does), cheese (eats this still, too) and yogurt (yep). He would even eat hummus (no more). Oh... and bread. I have never known a kid to eat as much bread as this kid does. It is ridiculous. He will still eat bread like it is going out of style.
Besides... who says Gerber has to have the biggest slice of the pie. There is enough to go around. Speaking of pie - back to my actual post...
The food combinations and paring far exceed anything I would whip up in my kitchen so I am super grateful that these companies came along when thy did because I would be making my own baby food (I was really mad). And... I would on, occasion, finish off baby's dinner. Ha! Take that Gerber! You don't have things like: Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese, Sweet potato, carrot, apple & cinnamon or Blueberry, Pear & Purple Carrot.
Now, that Jamba Mama is *sniff* a week away from being one, I don't really buy baby food, a side from the occasional Beech-Nut toddler meal and of course, Sprout's new meals with texture option (so freaking tasty!).
Baby likes food which may or may not be good considering my family's history with food. She has no problem trying things and some of the foods that she is eating: black beans, mahi mahi, pineapple, mango, blueberries, hummus, smokies, turkey, chicken, broccoli... you get the idea.