LET’S TALK BABY FOOD & TODDLER FEEDING!
I think one of the things that moms of young ones stress the most about has got to be feeding. From breastfeeding difficulties to when to start solid foods to how to juggle homemade baby food making to how to get a picky toddler to eat. It gets to be just a little bit overwhelming. So when I was contacted to review the baby and toddler feeding book, Super Baby Food, I knew that it could be a great resource for you mamas. And I guess I was right since it got a raving review from my mama contributor, Laura. And when I asked my B-Inspired Blogger Mamas about it, many of them recommended it, too. You can learn more about the book below, but first let’s hear what else our B-Inspired Blogger Mamas had to say about baby food and toddler feeding…
Consider Baby Led Weaning
“We did Baby Led Weaning with my second and loved it. We introduced whole foods instead of purees. It’s easier on us and he’s a great eater. I did a post about it. Feel free to use it if it works in your post.” Amanda of Dirt & Boogers
Take Your Time
“We did partial BLW & purees with my first. With our second daughter, except for naturally mushy foods like sweet potato, we pretty much went straight to BLW from around 5 and a half months. I wrote about the first food attempts [on the blog]. It took her a month or two to work out the gag reflex (which freaked the grandparents out!), but since then she’s been really good at eating anything and everything. It’s also kept her demand for breastfeeding up, (gradually reducing month by month rather than a sudden reduction) so that we’ve been able to keep at it (13 months and still going strong).” Danya of Danya Banya
Save Money by Making It!
“Making your own baby food is a great way to save money and boost your child’s nutrition intake at the same time. Homemade organic baby food costs just a portion of store bought conventional (read: GMO and pesticided) food.” Carissa of Creative Green Living
Multitask & Use the Right Tools to Make Baby Food
“Get an immersion blender and silicone ice cube trays. They will make making your own baby food easy. [Then] multitask with food prep. Making broccoli for family dinner? Make some extra and set it aside to turn into baby food. Freeze baby food in silicone ice cube trays. Pop frozen cubes into clearly lableled freezer bags. When it is feeding time, serve them one food or mix and match by combining food cubes in a bowl (example: 1 apple, 1 squash and 1 carrot cube).” Carissa of Creative Green Living
Make it Easy for Little Hands
“My little tip for finger foods is for cheese or other foods that my babies smooshed onto their plates when trying to pick them up. If you lean bits of cheese slices up against other food, like peas, bits of bread, etc, it is easier for baby to get the hang of picking it up and keeps them from smooshing it down.” Laura of Lalymom
Always Have Bananas & Avocados
“We always had bananas and avocados on hand and ready to go. Easiest to prepare fresh baby foods ever! They even come in their own natural containers.” Erika of Prey Species
Break Out the Sprinkles!
“Just by adding a few sprinkles to fruit can get my toddler to try it. Then once he knows he likes it we only do the sprinkles as an occasional treat with that fruit.” Jaime of Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails
Make Cleanup Easier
“I bought a beach mat and placed it under the highchair or eating area. Made cleanup a simple, pain-free experience. More than once I just took it outside and hosed it down, letting it dry in the sun.” Sheila of Pennies of Time
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
“I remember feeling a little bewildered when I started my first baby on solid foods. There is a lot of conflicting advice out there for moms – what to feed babies, when to feed them, how often to feed them – basically, you won’t find a solution that will make everyone happy! [I wrote a post featuring] baby-friendly foods that were a big hit in our house – and pretty healthy as well!” MaryAnne of Mama Smiles
Remember that Each Kid & Family is Different
“My experience with baby’s first food is that all kids are different. My oldest started around 5 mo and my middle child breastfeed til he was one and moved straight to table food. Always do what works with your family as long as the kids are healthy.” Jaime of Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails
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