Adapting Big Food to Bug Food
March 31st, 2011
One of the things that was appealing to me about baby-led solids was that there is a lot less emphasis placed on the order in which you introduce foods to your wee one. The “traditional” trajectory of solids introduction mandates cereal, then yellow/orange vegetables, then green vegetables, then fruit, then meat, etc. BLS practitioners shrug and say — “eh, let them eat what you eat.” (Though this stems more from waiting until at least six months to introduce solids than from the BLS approach. A six-month old’s stomach is far more mature and able to handle a variety of foods right out of the gate than a four-month-old baby’s.)
This more relaxed approach makes it pretty easy to adapt a “big person” meal to fit the needs of your littlest eater. For example, tonight Miss Mouse, Josh, and I had mystery meat hash* and mixed vegetables.
His dinner included a potato wedge, a big hunk of pot roast, a slice of avocado, and a chunk of banana. The veggies we ate were nicely-sized for tiny hands, but they came with a pre-packaged sauce on them that I wasn’t sure I wanted to give him.
Can he actually eat all of that food? Definitely not. He can do a pretty good job on bananas and avocado and other really soft foods. The potato probably would have worked, but he wasn’t too interested. And the meat is mostly just for flavor and experimentation — I gave him a really big piece to gnaw on to help make sure he didn’t choke on it. There was no way he could fit that whole thing in his mouth, even if he’d wanted to.
Which, incidentally, he didn’t…
*As I inventoried my freezer at the start of my freezer cooking adventure, I discovered several unlabeled containers of left-over (cooked) meat. Without defrosting, it was nigh impossible to identify. So I just threw it together with home-made hash brown potatoes. Upon closer evaluation, tonight’s main course was revealed to be pot roast.