My kid’s got jokes… and a serious desire to crunch things. Blame it on the three (yes, three) teeth she’s worked out in the last 8 weeks or her love affair with yogurt melts; either way, lately she is only interested on things that she can crunch with her new set of chompers.
Which is the ultimate joke on me since we have an entire freezer full of purees and squeezy pouches. At first, it seemed actually comical and then kind of annoying. All this work to find the perfect taste and consistency in puree form for a new palate…
Then my mood changed. Since resourceful is motherhood’s middle name, I decided on a way to make it work perfectly: introducing “the best of both worlds,” adding our favorite crunch foods: freeze-dried fruit, yogurt melts, or fruit & veggie crisps to her homemade purees.
With each of these products, I just break them into small chunks and sprinkle them in her purees or yogurt. She continues to act surprised when she comes across them in her spoonful, immediately chomping down, moving the food side-to-side, and giggling at the same time.
Motherhood is all about rolling with the punches. (Can I get an amen?!) And her new obsession with chewing, rather than just boring, ol’ swallowing, seems to be one of the first speed bumps in our journey.
My take: follow their lead.
Does your little one enjoy the smooth texture of purees? Enjoy my 5 different puree recipes for under $20 here. But, be sure to introduce varying textures every couple days so you catch them when they are ready! The arrival of teeth is genetic and will come anywhere from 2 months to 14 months.
Maybe your little munchkin is in the middle of hardcore teething and would rather their food be in frozen-solid form to suck on. Caroline seemed to eat less when her last tooth was erupting, so be patient. Check these out, if you’re in that boat! Great with frozen carrots, frozen bananas, or even one of your frozen ice-cube purees! As for Mama, have a glass of wine. I am still sleeping off her most recent top tooth…
If you’ve made it through the cutting of the teeth (truly, an Olympic sport for infants and mom’s alike…) they might want to test out their jaws! When they start practicing chewing and/or begin to move food around with tongue they might be hinting that they might want a little more on the plate. Try leaving some chunkiness to the homemade purees or adding one of the mix-ins above. The best thing about those mix-ins is that they dissolve almost instantly on their tongue, so the choking factor is low.
Since this love affair with her new teeth began, we have tried a couple “chunky” things at mealtime:
· Organic, canned green beans
· Cut up into small, small pieces
· Scrambled eggs
Our pediatrician gave us the go-ahead with both the egg white and yolk, but always double check with your ped first. For vegan babies, try crumbled tofu. It’s a great first food!
Just want to add that when starting these kinds of foods, it is important to keep a close eye on them. For instance, after introducing eggs this past weekend, Caroline spit out an entire WAD of egg about 30 min after she was “finished” eating. Note to mom; check the chubby cheeks before getting up from highchair.
Where are you guys at in your food introductions? I love hearing what your babies are diggin’ in the kitchen! Anyone wanna get some stock in the Happy Baby food company? So serious…
Another week awaits!