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### My baby is a healthy eater. In every sense: she eats just about anything and everything I put in front of her AND she mostly gets healthy foods.
(((I’m ducking while picturing you throwing sweet potatoes and puffs at the screen. I know I’m lucky and I know this might not last.))) She’s 14 months old now, and has been eating solids since she was 6 months (technically, a week shy, when she started taking food off my plate and shoving it in her mouth). We try to make meal and snack times a lot of fun. We sing ridiculous songs, we talk about what she’s eating, and as much as possible, try to sit down and eat at the same time as her so it truly is a family dinner.
When we did start to offer her solids, we decided to stay away from purees and rice cereals/oatmeals, and encouraged her to eat “real foods,” modified a bit for her safety. From small cereals (Kellogg’s Rice Krispies were perfect because they were small and would dissolve easily but also helped her learn hand-eye coordination and practice her pincer grip) to chopped-up fruits and vegetables, crackers and cheese, Audrey has amazed me with how quickly she has started to grasp the concept of eating, and even developing her own preferences. (This, by the way, is not the cleanest of endeavours, as she often lets us know what her preferences are by throwing food at us or on the floor, or even spitting up half-chewed items. Yuck.)
And hand-in-hand with allowing her to eat non-traditional first foods is allowing her to feed herself as much as possible. (Again, not the cleanest stage of our lives right now). That means giving her a variety of options, and letting her choose what she eats and how much. She stops when she wants to (haven’t seen her leave a crumb behind yet, but in theory, she could), eats in the order she wants and gets to help make some of her own eating habits. Kellogg’s has a DIY snack holder that you can print, color and fold (or in my case, try a couple of times, give up, and have your husband do it in two seconds flat), and it’s a really clever way of letting kids hold their own snacks in a crafty little cup.
Don’t you love the reminder to use non-toxic crayons? As I said…Audrey eats anything and everything, and it’s hard to keep them out of her mouth. Yummmm, burnt sienna.
Anyway, back to foods and healthy snacks. Because Audrey is (so far) a vegetarian/plant-based eater, I am very careful to make sure she’s getting a balanced diet with lots of different colors, textures and spices, so that she she learns early on what foods taste like, and can start to play a more active role in what goes in her body. But I also want to make sure that I’m not overly focused on food or eating — I want her to be a kid, and a normal one at that, so it’s definitely an ongoing process for me.
What were the first foods your kids ate? What was the first one they said no to?
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