Our youngest son, Rory, has been having his own adventure this week; a food adventure.
Having weaned him initially on purreed and then lumpy food – some lovingly prepared home-cooked concoctions but mainly shop bought jarred varieties (the intention was there, the time was not), he has this week decided point blank that he won’t accept any food from a spoon. Don’t get me wrong, he was no stranger to a mini rice cake, lump of fruit and vegetable baton. However, he now demands a 100% finger food diet. Baby led weaning it is then and a few jars of babyfood might be finding themselves a new home.
I completely buy into the benefits of baby led weaning but the mess is phenomenal and the reason I didn’t take that route by choice! I have a toddler so I’m used to a messy eater but this something else! When Seth was exploring food, we had Murphy (our much loved family dog) to clean up under the high chair, this time round it’s all down to me. I’ll be finding grains of rice in the house for years to come I’m sure.
I’ve shunned the baby led weaning recipe pages and Pintrest boards in favour of a ‘eat what we eat’ approach. I don’t have time to cook him up his own cuisine and want him to try lots of new foods that he’ll continue to eat with us as a family as he grows.
He was already accustomed to a lot of fruit and veg and breakfast and lunch foods like toast and ham butties but now we’ve ditched the baby jars these are some of things he’s tried for the very first time this week (Don’t judge, he’s my second child so he obviously gets to have some less wholesome foods along with the healthy stuff):
Peas, corn (on and off the cob), broccoli (home grown), chicken (plain & curry), mince beef, pizza, fish fingers, baked beans, pastries (including Pain au Chocolat, Apple Danish and YumYum), popcorn, pasta twirls, boiled rice, rice crispies, tuna, boiled egg, garlic bread.
He’s taken really well to it and although I was initially worried about how much he was actually eating and how much went on the floor or down the side of the high chair, I seem to be throwing less away and his fine motor skills are already improving (I was surprised how good he is with peas.) He looks remarkably happy when eating (unless he’s tired) and his mealtimes are less stressful now we don’t have to coax him to eat from the spoon.
A well known yellow bear wearing a red jumper once said: “What could be more important than a little something to eat?”