Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute “Quest for Yum!” video and see what happens!
No one told me that being a magician would be one of the requirements of Mami-hood, that I would have to develop an arsenal of tricks for something as seemingly simple as feeding a baby. No one told me that babies could be so stubborn.
I do not claim to be an expert in anything, but I have a few baby feeding “magic” tricks up my sleeve that I will gladly share. I’m not one of those magicians that is sworn to secrecy. As far as I know, I will not be kicked out of any mami clubs for telling you the following…
- Taste your baby’s food. If you don’t like it, your baby won’t like it either. Babies have taste buds and their taste buds work. Another good reason to feed your baby yummy food is that in a pinch when you are hungry, you can eat their left-overs.
- Do not even try to feed your baby until you are absolutely starving and can’t wait another second to eat. Then make yourself some food and I guarantee you that as soon as you try to feed yourself, your baby will demand to eat before you. At that point, you will run around and get your baby’s food ready. It is vitally, important that you do not have the baby’s food ready ahead of time. Babies are not dumb, they will know that you set up their food in advance and will not exhibit any signs of hunger if you do that.
- Feed your baby when they are hungry, not when you think they should be hungry. If you try to feed your baby something that you know your baby loves and they just aren’t into it, maybe they just aren’t hungry. Put it away and try again later.
- Pay attention to what your baby likes and build on it. If your baby can’t stand spinach, lay off the spinach (you can always try again later). Or if your baby loves pears, you can try sneaking a little bit of spinach with the pears. Not too much spinach or the baby will notice. You must not let the baby notice the offending food item.
- Eat foods you would like your baby to eat. They are curious by nature and will want to try what you are having. If you don’t want your baby to eat chocolate or donuts or vodka jello shots, don’t eat those things in front of your baby. Why tempt fate?
- The only “tools” you really need to feed your baby are food, patience, and maybe some small utensils. No other fancy equipment is necessary, but sometimes you’ll get it anyway.
Remember every baby is different. I have two daughters. My first still isn’t that into food and she’s 3, my second is 8 months old and that kid is already a foodie. Do your best and have fun! Babies like to have fun and so should you.