Baby Food Charts and Why I Still Use ThemCasey Mullins
Because I’m a dork.
I’m going to go ahead and admit I may as well be a first time mom when it comes to feeding this baby. I bought cookbooks, I have a baby food maker, my freezer is full of ice cube shaped vegetables in various textures and colors and I have a little chart that I check in on once a month to tell me what new foods Vivi can have.
It’s pretty lame.
But I love it.
I love sitting down to eat with this baby, I like taking the time to sit with her, feed her, watch her (try to) feed herself and just talk to her. I like making her food, I like watching her reactions to new foods and I love being able to introduce new colors, textures and tastes to her. I never made any of Addie’s food so to make it for Vivi is a whole new (fun) experience.
I know I don’t need a chart, I know I don’t have to make her food and I know I don’t need a darn baby cookbook or baby food maker, but I have them, I use them and I love them.
Just this past month the chart said that whole fat cottage cheese and yogurt could be added to her diet. Addie LOVED yogurt and her baby sister does too. It also helps move things along quite well. I wasn’t so sure how she’d react to cottage cheese, I don’t remember ever giving Addie any until she was older but when the white stuff comes into view of the baby she SHRIEKS until her mouth is full of it. I will say Vivi is much better at gumming, chewing and swallowing foods that Addie ever was, that kid still takes seven minutes to chew and swallow a baby carrot. The only food Vivi hasn’t taken to so far is eggs. I can’t blame her really, the yolks fall apart in her hands and turn to a crumbly mess, we’ll work on that one. Another food she can’t seem to get enough of (until it comes out the back end) is black beans.
Farmer’s markets are just around the corner and so are the fat tomatoes, sun warmed raspberries and perfectly ripe watermelons. I’ve worked hard to teach Addie about buying and eating fruits and vegetables in season and she counts down the moments until the strawberries start arriving. Last summer I pushed Vivi around the Farmer’s market with zucchinis bigger than her on either side of her in the stroller and the goal this year is to find even bigger squash items to dwarf the ever growing Vivi.
I’m going to be continuing on with my baby cookbook and my baby food maker and my baby chart of baby foods, however I am not ready to admit that I may or may not make baby meal plans for my baby. (Wait, does that count as a confession? Mangoes and brown rice for breakfast baby!)