Ben is so much like his mama and loves to eat! I will try anything once and it seems like he is gearing up to be the same way when it comes to his eating habits. Which is a big relief for me considering how picky his father is! Although I will admit, much to my mother in law’s surprise, Nick has been getting much more adventurous with his food and has been trying lots of new things lately without TOO much effort from me!
From the beginning, I always planned on making Ben’s food myself. We were given a Baby Bullet (which I do not recommend, by the way) and I bought a few baby food cook books and we were off to the races! There’s totally nothing wrong with feeding your child jarred baby food, I just knew that I’d enjoy making it and I did! We actually tried feeding Ben some of the pre-made stuff from a jar while on vacation once and he wasn’t having it at all! I can’t say that I blame him though, I tried a bite and it was pretty gross and tasted nothing like what it was supposed to be!
When we first introduced “solids” to him, I did single fruit or veggie dishes. I steamed the food, then pureed, using the reserve water to thin it down. I quickly found out that the Baby Bullet wasn’t quite up to snuff for the amount of food that I wanted to make in one go. I preferred to make Ben’s food in large batches and freeze it in ice cube trays. As we progressed and Ben slurped up everything I presented to him, I started doing combo dishes like cherries & pear, carrot & avocado, or peas & cauliflower. All big hits! Eventually, I didn’t have to puree his food quite as much and was able to keep more of the texture of the food. He LOVED it then!
There came a point soon after that Ben kept trying to grab the spoon and would get mad at me when I’d try to feed him because he wanted to do it himself. That’s when I came across the idea of Baby Led Weaning in a Mommy support group that I’m part of! I was a bit nervous of him choking at first but I knew I’d be sitting right with him the whole time so I thought I’d give it a try. What a big hit it was with Ben! He’s an independent kind of guy, so allowing him to pick up pieces of food and feed himself is like a field day for him! Not only that, but as the days went by, I saw a huge improvement in his fine motor skills really quickly. I’m not going to lie, there was some gagging (a baby’s gag reflex is MUCH further to the front than in an adult) in the first few days which make me nervous at times but Ben was loving it!
Now, we’ve gotten to the point where we can cut up whatever we’re eating into bite sizes pieces for Ben and we don’t really have to make any special meals or cook something different for him. He loves eating peas which is easy enough for me to have every day as a side for my meal so there’s no extra work for me and he’s happy as a clam! It gets a little messy around here at times but I have a lot of fun watching him discover and enjoy different flavors and textures. We don’t allow any sugary treats of junk food just yet because at 10 months old, I really don’t think he needs it. Some people tease us about it but I just feel like his little body is so perfect, why start putting those things into it right now when I know it’ll come soon enough. He doesn’t eat huge meals as it is, so why not make sure that what he is eating is as good for him as possible!
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