When Waylon was 4 months old I tried to feed him. It was a major fail and mostly a reaction from peer pressure and (I’ll admit it) boredom with boobfeeding. After realizing my mistake, I took a long break and just waited until he was ready. I stole my friend Elizabeth’s mantra “food before one is just for fun” and adopted it as my own. No need to stuff my kid’s face with food he didn’t want. I let him decide.
The whole thing turned out to be a giant success. Around 9 months he decided food was pretty cool and since then he’s slowly and gradually increased his intake of solids.
A lot of folks have asked me about feeding the baby. They ask me about the whens and hows and whats and I just shrug. I don’t really know anything. I just feed him whatever food we have around the house and hope he eats it.
I’ve linked to my friend’s blog post before on feeding her son Westley. It’s a good one and something I really needed to read because when I first started feeding Waylon, I was a real dummy. I’d send my sister-in-law texts that literally said, “Um, what do you feed babies? Be specific.” I couldn’t come up with foods that seemed appropriate and I was confused why sometimes he wanted to eat and other times he refused food all day.
Here’s the thing about babies and toddlers: every day is a new food day. One day they love sweet potatoes and the next day it’s all over the floor. One day they’re ravenously hungry and another day they want to nurse all day. Roll with punches, be flexible, try again later.
I know most of you are on top of your game when it comes to feeding your kid. You think ahead before you go the grocery store, make lists, and read books on the best fruits for cognitive development. But just in case you’re like me and sometimes need new food ideas, here is a list of some foods Waylon will eat, broken down into categories.
Peas (and other frozen veggies, warmed in the microwave)
Black beans (plus most other canned beans)
Corn on the cob
Yogurt (whole milk, organic)
Cheese (any kind)
Pasta (any kind) + tomato sauce or pesto
Whole wheat pancakes
Whole Wheat Macaroni and Cheese
Snacks + Desserts
A few foods we’re still refusing: bananas, raw vegetables, french fries, and apples.
I remember the day someone suggested giving Waylon scrambled eggs. It was so simple, but it had never occurred to me. It was then that I started spying on other kid’s meals. What else could I give the baby? What else would he eat?
As it turns out, it’s mostly anything and a lot of nothing. It really just depends. If you’re wondering the how and when to start, Austin and I have pretty much followed the Baby Led Weaning method. It makes sense to us, but if you want to puree your peas–go right ahead.
Feeding the baby feels tricky but really it’s pretty simple. Keep it fresh, keep it new, find a variety, and never give up on the broccoli they toss on the floor. Most importantly, feed them food that actually tastes good. If you can’t gag it down, chances are they won’t either.
Feel free to leave your own suggestions and ideas on what to feed the baby. Waylon appreciates it as much as I do.