My daughter has always been a super picky eater, and looking back I am kicking myself for not being more adventurous with mixing veggies and fruits for her. I decided when I was pregnant with my son this time would be different! I am glad I made the choice to introduce foods sooner because he eats everything, and a lot of it! The main reason I introduced solids to him so early (4 months) was because he was sleeping horribly, and it was purely because he was hungry! Michael only wakes up to nurse and he goes right back down, the boy loves to eat. Here are some of his favorite recipes that help him eat the foods that are the trickiest for babies to eat: carrots and baby meats. Scroll down to see why they are so good for our little eaters. You might be surprised!
Mixing in Baby Meat
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Any small container works to store the baby food, make sure it is microwave safe. I save the glass baby jars the meat comes in and store it in there. Leave in the fridge for a week or freezer for longer.
The Secret to Carrots
Any small container works to store the baby food, if you plan on warming it up make sure it is microwave safe. I save the glass baby jars baby meat comes in and store it in there. Leave in the fridge for a week or freezer for longer. I serve this cold, he likes it better cold but play around with it.
Why do they need to eat meat? Why so much apples and pears? Are carrots really that important?
Let's start with the baby meat I used in the recipe:
Chicken - loaded with protein and vitamins which promote muscle growth, boosts their immune system and enhances their circulatory system.
Turkey - Another great source of protein and vitamins. This also contains omega 3
Apples - easy for baby to digest, packed with minerals and vitamins. They are rich in fiber which helps regulate blood sugar levels and of course regulates bowl movements
Pears - High in potassium, fiber, antioxidants (you know the things that help prevent cancer!) and vitamins. Not to mention it is also easy to digest.
Carrots - Another great source of fiber. I'm sure you have heard carrots are good for the eyes and thatis true! They are also good for baby's skin, which let's face it baby eczema is too real! The boost for eyes and skin are thanks to something called "beta carotene" and carrots are loaded with it.
I am not a doctor and I don't work in the medical field, I found all this information through various sources online and my favorite cookbook Deliciously Deceptive by Jessica Seinfeld It's not a baby cookbook but I do use it for my family, it's a great way to sneak fruit and vegetables into your families diet. In the beginning of the book she goes into detail about each fruit and veggie and why they are beneficial! It actually inspired this post. If you want to check it out I have linked it here to buy.
What goes on in the highchair stays in the highchair?
Mikey was gifted a Grabease teething spoon, and it has been a serious game changer! This is a two in one deal, one side is teether and when you flip it, it's a spoon. He is 8 months and I tried to see if he was ready to self feed with the spoon side and he flipped it himself and used the teether side. It's amazing they know what they are ready for! When they are ready to self self feed the grip on the spoon is perfect for little hands, they kept the baby in mind when designing it. He usually gets one or two (easy to clean) toys in the highchair and the Grabease is definitely a new staple. He likes to teeth on it outside of the highchair which is fine by me because they also include a lanyard clip. I just clip it to him the same way I would a pacifier clip and he is all set, I don't have to worry about his dropping it outside of the stroller!
If you're interested in a Grabease I have linked it here for you. Even better, I can get you 20% off!! Use code: Houtts20 at checkout
Seinfeld, Jessica. Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. HarperCollins e-Books, 2009.