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I’ve never understood the rush to get babies started on solids, and that’s purely for selfish reasons. Baby food is a freaking mess and a hassle! And it can be stressful. At least, that’s my experience.
Alas, babies eventually have to eat something beyond breastmilk or formula, so here are a few techniques I’ve adopted over the last few years that make baby feeding a little less hectic for me:
1. Bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes for the win!
I’m never without these in the house. Any one of them makes for the perfect, fast, easy baby meal. Avocados and bananas are great because you simply peel and mash (or not, if you’re baby led weaning). They’re easy to throw into a diaper bag and take out with you, too.
Sweet potatoes require the extra step of microwaving (poke holes in the skin with a fork, put on a plate with a tiny bit of water, cook about 8 minutes, cut open and cool before serving), but they can be a quick option, too. And while avocados and bananas don’t keep very well from one meal to the next, it’s easy to refrigerate the leftover half of a sweet potato for lunch the next day.
2. Keep the plates and cups to a minimum.
Because, really, who wants to do more dishes? Actually, we don’t even feed Leyna on a plate. We just wipe down the table before we feed her and lay the food directly on it. And cups? Don’t go nuts and buy a ton of sippy cups. Kids really only need a couple, and at the table, while you’re there to assist anyway, try helping them drink water from a regular cup with no lid. Less pieces to clean and great practice for them. Just make sure you have a hand towel near by for any spills.
3. Skip the white rice cereal.
Have you heard of Dr. Greene’s White Out movement? Dr. Greene states that feeding your baby white rice cereal is like feeding them a spoonful of sugar, and he’s working to eliminate the traditional idea to start baby on white rice cereal as their first food. Instead, the campaign slogans is “Let every child’s first food be a real food.” The idea is to start babies on either whole grain cereals (brown rice or oatmeal) or skip cereals altogether. You can learn more about it here.
We didn’t start either of our kids on solids until 6 months old, so we skipped the cereal altogether.
4. Behold! The baby food pouches!
Okay, obviously this post is sponsored by Plum Organics, who happens to make our favorite baby food pouches, but that’s precisely why I agreed to this sponsored post in the first place. We love them!
These things weren’t around when Kendall was in the baby food stage (at least, not readily available where we are). With Kendall, I’d pack coolers with frozen cubes of homemade baby food when we went out (because as a mother of one, I had time for that).
Now? No way was that happening. I felt a smidge guilty about it until we tried some Plum Organics baby food pouches. Leyna LOVES them, they are SUPER easy to take with us, and way, way less mess. Not to mention, they are made with organic ingredients. At first, we got a couple Plum Dispensing Spoons by Boon (which, by the way, have worked on all brands of baby food pouches we’ve tried), and they were great for that early baby food stage. Now, though, we don’t even need that. She’ll just suck the food right out of the pouch!
5. Dress baby in a rain coat so you can hose her off.
I kid. Sort of. That thought does cross my mind, though, as I change her outfits about 4 times a day.
Now, what would you add as a tip for baby feeding magic? I’m always open to new ones.
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