If you’re a first time mom, you’ve probably read lots of books and articles on everything to do with baby. Or maybe you decided to just wing it. (No judgment here – I’ve gone through both phases! Now, as a mom of four, I’ve settled into a comfortable “common sense” approach with listening to my motherly intuition and if I’m still unsure, then I’ll look it up).
Feeding baby solids is one of those things where everyone has an opinion about when/how/where/what you need to do and it can get overwhelming fast. And that goes with just about every other “what to do/what not to do” thing with babies. Without all the research and studies and everyone in the world’s opinions, it’s a wonder our parents/grandparents/ancestors ever survived!
What is the single best thing you can do for your baby? Love them and stop doubting yourself at the same time! God chose you to be that precious child’s mother for a reason and you CAN do it!
Once I pushed past my self doubt and embraced ME as a mom, motherhood became incredibly freeing.
With that, I want to share a few things I’ve learned as a mom of four:
The Truth About Feeding Baby Solids:
1. Feeding baby solids is messy and wasteful. Like REALLY messy and wasteful. Half the food ends up on the baby’s face and down his front, while 1/4 is on the highchair and floor, 1/8 on you, and finally a grand 1/8 actually ends up in his little tummy.
2. Kids have a sixth sense for avoiding green veggies and babies seem to magically pick that up before you realize it. If you introduce the “yucky” veggies, like green beans and peas early on, you’ll have more time to get greens into them before they begin screaming like you’re torturing them when you dare to offer peas. Or you may just get lucky and end up with a child who loves veggies. Either way, you can’t lose with offering mashed vegetables when they’re little.
3. Just because she makes a face when you feed her a new food doesn’t mean she hates it. And even if she does (when she’s a little bigger,) remember that babies change their minds and food preferences so frequently that if you offer her the same food the next day or week, she may very well like it then. Even my four year old changes his mind on what he likes/doesn’t like from day to day (one day he won’t eat dinner, the next day he loves the leftovers).
4. That being said, you may not want to buy 200 jars of mashed green beans on sale, because when they don’t like something, they REALLY don’t like it and it might be easier to thread a pillow through a needle than to connect a spoon with even a drop of food left into a wiggling screaming baby’s mouth. (NOT.WORTH.IT.) Plus Babies/toddlers/kids have an uncanny ability to sense when you buy a lot and then suddenly decide it’s the worst tasting food in the world.
5. Remember that babies’ taste buds aren’t developed like ours and they don’t need as much flavor as we do. In fact, the fewer ingredients the better. (And that’s true, most of the time, for all of us, not just babies.)
6. It’s good to feed baby a variety of food, but don’t stress about it! When Nathan was a baby, I remember worrying one day that I ran out of a certain vegetable baby food and our “feeding schedule” would be thrown off. Since I’ve had three more babies, I’ve learned it’s not that big a deal. As long as they’re happy, healthy, and fed good healthy foods, it won’t hurt them if you feed them carrots and mashed bananas (hopefully separately!) for three days in a row.
7. There’s nothing wrong with buying baby food. I love making homemade recipes for my family whenever possible, but I remember how busy and exhausting life is with a baby. There’s a reason you can pick up jars of baby food at the store and you shouldn’t feel guilty if you take advantage of this modern convenience. Just make sure you read labels and pay attention to what you’re feeding baby.
Beech-Nut is the first baby food company in the U.S. to show exactly what percentage of ingredients is used in their baby foods. Now you can simply check out their website to see a list of the percentages of exactly what’s in all Beech-Nut jars and pouches.
I think it’s wonderful that Beech-Nut is listening to consumers and being transparent about what’s in their food. Because really, we SHOULD know what’s in our food. It’s smart to be informed, especially when it comes to our precious little ones. (Read more about Beech-Nut’s decision to disclose ingredient percentages here.)
And now you can know that your baby is eating 57% beets, 35.83% pears, 6.67% pomegranate, and 0.5% lemon juice concentrate when you feed her Beech-Nut Beets, Pear & Pomegranate baby food.
Beech-Nut also has organic baby food where you can also see the exact ingredients. You can see why Beech-Nut isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill baby food brand. They offer real food, not just baby food. Be sure to visit the Beech-Nut website to explore their full selection of baby food and ingredients, plus you can find out exactly what foods are recommended for your baby’s age!
Feel better about feeding baby solids now? You should!
What’s your best tip for feeding baby solids?