You have a lot to worry about when you first bring a baby into the world, but luckily figuring out what to feed your kid is not one of them.
“Yo, I got you covered,” Nature says. “I’m going to make milk flow out of your breasts!”
Nice one, Nature. Or, if you have trouble breast feeding as I did, your pediatrician will recommend the best options for your child. But what happens when your kid graduates to the next stage – deep breath – and starts to eat solid foods? That’s when things get decidedly more complicated.
At first Mike and I tried transitioning Annie to solid foods with prepackaged baby food from the baby aisle of our local supermarket. Annie, however, made it clear very quickly that she was not down with this, and after Mike taste tested them we couldn’t blame her. We’re talking, after all, about pasta and meat sauce that can sit on shelves unrefrigerated for months and months. Yikes.
So that didn’t work. What would? We knew we wanted A) Annie to eat healthy food, and B) for her to eat well and not turn meal time into a constant battle.
We did some research online and learned some good advice, but the thing that influenced us the most was a bit of advice we got from a friend who has three kids to feed. Here it is:
Feed your baby the same food you eat (with some baby friendly alterations, of course).
We tried this one night when we were having roast chicken and mashed potatoes by shredding up some chicken into tiny pieces and giving them to her with a baby sized portion of potatoes. Mike and I watched with bated breath as Annie sized up her meal (we may have even chanted “Eat it! Eat it!”), then cheered when she chowed down!
Babies/toddlers/kids can be very picky eaters, of course, so not every meal we’ve given Annie has been a smashing success. But we have found that we have the most success when we feed her what we eat. Another great reason to do this? It encourages Mike and me to eat well because we’re not just making dinner for us, but Annie too.
Figuring out what to feed your kid will never be as easy as it was the first year, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a big problem. Do some research, seek out advice from your fellow parents, and don’t be afraid to go with what works for you and your baby!