We have a food snob on our hands. Nine-month-old Mary Elizabeth turns her nose up at anything pureed. Mashed bananas do nothing for her. Forget the plain avocados. This girl wants the good stuff. She loved my guacamole, which is a bit on the spicy side, and she had no problem feasting on my lasagna.
I can’t blame her. She’s been getting the subtle nuances of myriad flavors and spices in Mama’s milk. I have a penchant for aromatic Indian food and spicy Mexican fare. I love feta, dark chocolate, ginger, garlic, cumin, and cilantro, so why wouldn’t she hope for a more beguiling blend of flavors?
So I’m breaking all those “starting your baby on solids rules” and getting creative. Sometimes I mash what we’re eating as a family (lasagna is easy). If a food is particularly difficult to mash, I’ll use one of my favorite baby food tools that I purchased long ago with my first child: The Munchkin Baby Food Grinder.
My new approach seems to be working. M.E. still prefers my milk to anything else and isn’t too big on meal times at the table, but she’s starting to sample small bites more and more each day, and she no longer gags quite as much or looks at me as if I’ve poisoned her like she did when I tried to spoon feed her rice cereal (mixed with breast milk, odd that she didn’t care for it) or more traditional first-baby foods.
Have you had a reluctant eater on your hands? Both my older girls voraciously gulped down solids as soon as I started offering them at six months. Madeline, I recall, grabbed the spoon from my hand and shoved the food down during her first feeding. Anyone have any tips for getting a baby to eat more solids? I’m in no hurry. I know she’s getting all she needs from my milk, but this might be a good discussion for any moms out there who are faced with a more persnickety eater.