“There are a million ways to feed a baby,” said Linc’s pediatrician. While there are some important things to practice like letting a baby feed themselves, being messy, touching food, variety…there’s not a one size fits all approach to it. We started with some purees, still incorporate some and also do some baby led weaning foods. Every baby is so different, just like adults so we chose this hybrid approach and it’s working great for us. Here are the first twenty-five foods he tried (mostly pureed / mashed).
- Pumpkin (first food with oatmeal)
- Sweet potatoes
- Butternut squash
- Peas…did not go over that well
- Red bell pepper roasted
- Carrots, roasted with garlic powder
- Green beans
- Acorn squash
- White potatoes (does not like)
- Avocado in guac form
- Purple carrots
- Pumpkin pancakes
We use pouches, we cook fresh, we use frozen, jars…a little bit of everything! I just follow two main guidelines for Lincoln which are to include very little salt and no added sugar. Simply put, babies do not need them and excessive salt is hard on their kidneys.
Here are the next twenty-five foods he has tried!
- Whole milk greek yogurt
- Olive oil
- Red lentil noodles
- Finger amount of whipped cheesecake
- Granola (in a puree packet)
- Garlic hummus
- Jalapeno (in the guac)
- Quick oats
- Green grapes
- Quick oats
- Peanut butter
- Ground turkey
- Tomatoes (crushed over chili)
- Black beans
He’s had even more food since I’ve written this post! He just hit 70 this week with tofu stir fry 🙂 which he seemed to enjoy quite thoroughly. In fact, most foods he enjoys quite a bit! We’re lucky for that and also are lucky that he’s taken to formula well too.
I read something recently that I really liked as a feeding philosophy. “It’s your job to let your child eat, not to get your child to eat.” I love that because it reduces pressure around eating. It is not about sneaking in bites to get them to finish their dish. Their tummies are their guide and I want to help nourish that intuitive behavior within – just like I try to nourish my own intuition with food, fullness, hunger, etc.
Tell me, are your little ones adventurous with food? Has it ebbed and flowed for you? Stay tuned for the next 25 foods as we journey to 100 by 1!