Five Go-To Foods for a Baby-Led Meal

May 18th, 2011

Okay, he’s not eating, but he sure is cute!

I haven’t been blogging much besides the 29 Gifts lately.  I’m still committed to limiting my time online and blogging my gifts each day takes about all the time I’ve got.  But I did want to take a moment to do a quick update on our adventure in baby-led solids. 

Short version: it’s going great!  Buggie is really developing into a champion eater.  He can handle a wide variety of foods and is happy to try anything I put in front of him.  If he doesn’t like it, he generously shares with the dog…

I am learning that I can offer him just about anything, but some foods are more eagerly received than others.  Right now, my five top go-to foods are as follows:

1) Watery Fruit.  You have never in your life seen true, unadulterated joy until you see my son eat watermelon.  Seriously.  I had to cut him off last night after this third helping and he was not happy about it.  He’s also a big fan of cantaloupe and ripe pears.

2) Muffins.  Muffins are a good bet and an easy breakfast.  I pack Buggie’s lunch each day for daycare and I keep a stash of muffins in the freezer.  Grab one out the night before and it’ll be defrosted by the time he’s ready for it at school.  You can vary the contents of muffins a lot, too.  Savory, sweet, fruity, just tweak a few ingredients and you’re good to go!

3) Pancakes.  It’s hard to go wrong with pancakes. I redeem this otherwise nutritionally-void food by adding  pureed vegetables.  I keep a stash of these in the freezer as well and Buggie can’t get enough.

4) Pasta.  He is after all, his father’s son.  Pasta makes the world go round for several members of my family and Buggie is no exception.  Mid-sized pasta shapes work best, like bow-ties or rigatoni. 

5) Broccoli. Much to my mother’s sorrow, broccoli remains one of Buggie’s favorite foods.  I suspect the shape has a lot to do with it.  Stalks of broccoli are easy for small hands to grab and the florets are easy for small mouths to gum.  We eat broccoli at least once a week as a family and then the leftovers go to school with Buggie a few more times.

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