We’ve reached a sort of transitional point in Vivi’s eating career. She no longer has any interest whatsoever in smooshed up and pureed baby food. She wants texture! Adventure! New flavors! Stuff she can chew! Give her a pile of peas she’ll eat them for all of dinner, give her s spoonful of smooshed peas and she’ll look at you like you’re the one that poops your pants every time you get in the car.
My latest tactic for feeding the baby is probably what baby led weaning fanatics have been touting all along, we just had to come into it in our own way.
Vivi is a very messy destructive baby. I’m all about letting her explore her inner artist but when the art moves from the table, to her hair, to the floor and then to the cats? I have to draw a line somewhere. Give her five pieces of mango, four end up on the floor, give her one piece at a time and all five make it into her mouth. She’ll let you know when she’s done with head shakes and arm flailing and she’ll let you know when she wants a drink by staring and chanting at her cup. She’ll also let you know that she’s highly interested in that pasta salad you’re eating by staring you down and licking her lips.
I’m not against her discovering her food, but I’m also not totally for giving her the three baths a day it would take to get her keep oatmeal out of her eyebrows and quinoa from between her toes. I’ve considered getting one of those IKEA highchairs, sticking it in the tub and serving her in there. That way she can play and smoosh all she wants and get a nice little hose off at the end. It’s a good idea (in theory) right?
Addie was so much different in the way she ate, she was so tidy and organized about it, I’ve had to work meal to meal with Vivi, keeping plenty of bibs and wet washcloths on standby.
What’s your baby’s eating style like?