And so it goes with Ashlynn. She turned her nose up to pureed pineapple, banana and couscous last week. Initially, I thought she was starting to get a cold or her gums were bothering her. I noticed she was looking longingly at the zucchini fritters I was making for the rest of the family so I decided to chop one up and put it on the tray of her high chair. She fed herself TWO entire fritters that night to my amazement. That's when I realized I'd missed the boat once again. It was time for big people food.
In our family we've decided that everyone eats the same thing and if the girls don't like what I cook for dinner they pick out parts they don't like, eat the parts they do and that's that. I don't stress about how much they eat. They won't starve and I'm not making a special portion of something kid friendly for them. If my girls turn their nose up to onion flat bread then so be it. But they know they have to try a bite (our friends dubbed it the "thank you for making it bite" and we've happily added that to our parental vocabulary). Most often they are surprised that it it's quite edible; good even. I try to make family friendly meals so that everyone is satisfied. It doesn't always happen and I'm OK with that.
paranoid about choking). She loves to feed herself with her hands or have me scoop it onto a spoon and then she'll put the spoon to her mouth. This stage is so fun and messy!
|I'm not sure baby food will ever photograph well. This is vegetarian chili with rice.|