The second time around: Tips for baby feeding magic

11/14/2011 at 3:45 pm | Posted in baby sunshine, Bloggy | 1 Comment
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Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute “Quest for Yum!” video and see what happens!

This is one of my favorite times of baby-hood.

We had a blast introducing new foods to Lily, and I imagine the same will be true for Sophie. This baby loves to eat.

We started a couple of weeks ago with oatmeal, pears and prunes. Since then, we’ve added sweet potatoes, carrots and peaches. Mangoes and green beans are next.

One of the things that’s so fun about this age is her little sense of adventure. We can’t shove the food into her mouth fast enough, and she’s always up for something new. Of course, I might be singing a different tune when we start the green stuff.

Here are a few things we’ve learned along the way:

Don’t be afraid. Once Sophie was ready for solids (five months old, sitting with support, tongue thrust reflex fading), we started introducing something new every few days. With Lily, I was hesitant. Fearful of allergies. Fearful in general. This time, though, we’re offering the baby all sorts of stuff. And I’m going to be braver about “exotic” foods like avocado and mango. So far, so good.

Try and try again. If baby spits out her peas (which I anticipate), give them to her again. And again. Sometimes, it takes lots of tries to nail down a new food.

All systems go. We learned the hard way (no pun intended) that rice cereal constipated Lily. Once we switched to oatmeal and introduced some “freeing” foods, her little tummy responded much better. So this time, it’s oatmeal only. And for what it’s worth, I like the idea of feeding my baby oats better than giving her white rice. And if the poo pellets return, we amp up stuff like prunes and pears. Okay. Poo talk over.

Relish the mess. There is no such thing as keeping a baby clean while feeding. Even when you’re in control of the spoon. Sophie stuffs her dirty bib in her mouth, grabs the spoon, smears food into her hair. Depending on the stain potential of the food, we might strip her down to her diaper. But mostly we just laugh. Letting her explore new foods with all her senses is an important part of her growth and independence.

Have fun. Once Lily became a picky-eating toddler, I really missed the baby-feeding days when she’d eat most anything and tantrums weren’t part of her mindset yet. This is the fun part. Enjoy it!

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. To learn more about Plum Organics, visit their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PlumOrganics. #feedingmagic #spon

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  1. I just let my baby mess while eating. It just adds the fun while feeding.


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