Monday, November 24, 2008

No Carrots. No Green Beans. No Acorn Squash.

We've been having a lot of fun feeding Jasper his first solid foods. Thanks to a few good books, we've been confidently preparing our own organic baby food for pennies on the dollar compared to the jarred stuff from the store. Successful feeding modeled here.

The routine goes like this:

  1. Pull out a cube of frozen veg and microwave it briefly (testing temp with one of those indicator spoons).
  2. Slide him into the high chair and put a toy in front of him.
  3. Wrap Jasper's neck in a bib and endure his frustrating grunts.
  4. Prepare a dessert of yogurt or baby oatmeal mixed with pureed bananas/pears.
  5. Shovel spoonfuls of veg into Jasper's hungry mouth while making cooing sounds and goofy faces.
  6. If he rejects the veg, try some dessert (usually yogurt), and then switch back.
  7. Continue until the food is gone or he won't open his mouth anymore.
  8. Try to wipe Jasper's face without making him cry.
Thus far, Jasper has basically loved everything we've given him (after the first few bites). Sweet potatoes, mmmmmmm. Pears, aaaaahhhhhh! Butternut squash, oh yeah.

However, there are a few foods that Jasper rejected initially and then agreed to eat while furrowing his brow. He seems to have set some rules, although we're breaking them every chance we get.

No Carrots. No Green Beans. No Acorn Squash.

My next project is to feed Jasper this entire pumpkin.

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