the food I put in her mouth
At six months of age WIC decreased the amount of formula it supplemented from 10 cans to seven cans, while adding 34 four oz jars of pureed baby food and three boxes of baby cereal per month. The implication being that my baby is supposed to now be eating pureed fruits and vegetables, and somewhere near three boxes of rice/multi-grain/oat cereal in that time.
I honestly tried mixing the different cereals into things. She doesn’t like it. And you want to know why? Because it tastes like clay. Or like liquid cardboard. It’s just gross… and when added to bland, watery jarred vegetables? Even grosser. No wonder my baby doesn’t want more than a few bites. She probably only took those because she trusts her mom to actually feed her something she’ll eat, and so far she’s been disappointed!
I started out by giving her Plum Organic’s butternut cinnamon squash, and she liked it. The thing is, I also liked it when I tasted it. So why switch to these seriously gross jarred foods with no flavor? Don’t I want my baby to enjoy fruits and vegetables?
And is there any nutrition whatsoever in baby cereals? NO. Can babies even extract nutrients from these cereals until they are older toddlers? NO. It fills up their tummy and that’s it. Well, it actually doesn’t because she doesn’t want to eat it, and I don’t blame her.
So it’s going to be some money out of my pocket, but we’re going back to the organic squeeze pouches in yummy combos like zucchini and potato (sounds good!) and broccoli and chickpeas (yum). For snacks no more worthless corn starch crunchies, I got the yogurt and berry munchables.
We will keep trying lots of different kinds of foods until we find what she likes (that isn’t cookies or Olive Garden breadsticks). I want her to open up her mouth and slurp up her food with enjoyment! And I may even give using a blender to make my own mixes for her from fresh food a try. Not that I’m a super mom, but I think she might really like it!
Update: I got a blender and puree book from a coworker, and gave the baby organic sweet potato for lunch which she ate enthusiastically!