Thank you for visiting Babies R Us. If you need assistance with shopping on our site, please call us at 888-222-9787 and a customer care representative will be happy to assist you. Please inform the Customer Service representative that you require assistance.
Welcome! Login or create an account. Learn why
Menu

Blog: How to feed a baby (Hint: you put food in their face)

When do you start feeding your baby purees? Do you at all? How early do you introduce solids? Do you help or go baby-lead? How early do you introduce allergens? When can they start using a spoon on their own? Can I give her spaghetti? What about cake?

Those and a million more questions are what face you when it’s time for your baby to leave the much easier world of strictly breast feeding. “Easier” I say, as in easier for me. I wasn’t the one having my nipples wrenched on and bitten for 6 months, and even after you start on other foods, it’s not like the breast feeding stops. So yes, easier for me.

We started with purees for our daughter. Home made with our magical Baby Bullet steamer and blender. It was fun to see what she liked (pretty much everything) and what she didn’t  (green beans were not popular at first). We started right in the middle of Ontario peach season, so peaches were a quick first favourite. In the beginning the food went in, then a lot fell back out, she wasn’t exactly sure what to do with her tongue, but she definitely liked it. After a short time she was all about the food, sucking back whatever mush we gave her. Fresh corn from the farmers market, pears, cauliflower (not the $7.99 a head variety now that it’s winter), blueberries, strawberries, yams, carrots, it was a rainbow of wonder pouring into her little mouth, and she was ready to gobble it up.

Now I’ll take a second here to mention that, when you start in on the real food, some things change. Like anything, if you change the input, the output inevitably follows. Or to put it another way, for every action, there is an equal or opposite reaction. There will be new smells, viscosities… challenges. But when you feed them a lot of blueberries, their poop actually smells like blueberries, which is frightening and hilarious all at the same time.

Before long we had graduated from purees to small bits of soft food. Bananas and raspberries were now top of the list along with a host of other mushy goodness. We did some rice and wheat cereal as well along the way, usually for dinner and that seemed to keep her full and happy for a good nights sleep. We started with putting the bits on her tray, which was at first unsuccessful as she tried to figure out how to close her hand and actually get the food to her mouth, but before long that little fist figured out how to close in on the food and shove it in her mouth, and soon after the pincer fingers were working at full capacity.

Here is the very moment she figured out how to get those delicious raspberries to her mouth for the first time.

Just like that, meal times got easier. No longer prepping purees to last the week, thawing them out, then dolling out into a dish and feeding her. Our fridge is now packed with little Tupperware’s of cut up cheese, fruit, veggies. Cheerios on the tray in the morning to keep her occupied while we scramble some eggs. Going to a restaurant and just cutting up what we order and giving it to her! Amazing.

Giving her spaghetti for the first time was  spectacular too. I didn’t know the slurp function came built in, but she seemed to figure out pretty quickly.

spaghetti eat

The next revelation was not as joyful. That was the revelation that, not only could her hands be used to get food to her mouth, they can also be used to launch food in many directions. Luckily, our girl is such a piggy that it rarely comes to this, but if she is getting full and not particularly attached to what is on her tray, (peas for example) watch out. A spoon narrowly missed my head the other day, and a big splash of squash soup landed on my forearm just last night.

She has also really started to get in to sharing. She’s only 11 months, but feeding mommy and daddy seems to be just as fun as feeding herself. It’s as if she is saying, “Here, try this pea that I have been man-handling for the past 15 minutes”. And in yet another shocking (shocking to old me, not dad me) behaviour change, I let her drop that grubby pea in my mouth and chew it up, all the while saying “mmmmm, yummy!”

So it has really come full circle. Starting with trying to get her to feed herself, and ending up with her feeding me.

Featured Parent's Blog Articles View All

Blog: The Complete Package in Style, Comfort and Versatility – Graco Modes 3 Lite Travel System with Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat

I have to be honest, this blog post is LONG overdue. Life got in the way! I started back to work, Callum started daycare, my husband got a new job, and to top it all...Read More »

Blog: gb X1 Urban Runner Jogging Stroller

The gb X1 Urban Runner Jogging Stroller is a bit of a mouthful to say, but has been an incredible addition to our growing fleet of baby pushing apparatus. I wasn’t sure about a jogging...Read More »

Blog: Happy Father’s Day

Historically men have been the family ‘providers’ and the women were the ‘caregivers’ whom maintained the home. I’ve heard stories of how men never really had a hand in the day to day upbringing of...Read More »

Blog: Happy Mother’s Day

Growing up, Mother’s Day was just another ‘holiday’ where I’d go through the motions- go out, get a card, buy a gift certificate from a spa and sign it from my brother and I…and sometimes...Read More »

Blog: Your new sidekick- Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor Review

The only consistent thing in life, is change. We should never get used the way things are, it will not stay that way for long. I am learning that now with having Ethan. I feel...Read More »

Blog: Mom vs. Baby: Round One – Britax B-Ready Stroller Review

I am thinking about the name of this stroller, B-Ready. When anyone asks me to go anywhere these days I hear this a lot: “Can you be ready?” Well I can, but WILL I is...Read More »

Blog (Product Review): VTech (VM343) Safe & Sound Pan & Tilt Full Colour Video Monitor

Guest Blogger Alert! Last time I featured a guest blogger it was my sister-in-law Catherine, a great writer, teacher and mom to my 2 year old niece Eliana. Well this time around, I thought I’d...Read More »

Blog: The Ultimate in Car Seat Safety – Diono Rainer Convertible Car Seat

As first time parents, the car seat was the single most stressful purchase Joe and I had to make.  Let’s face it, a vehicle can be one of the most dangerous places for any of...Read More »

Blog: Diono Radian RXT Review

One thing about car seats, that you don’t realize this until your baby starts getting a bit bigger, is that they are often pretty bulky. It can make it hard to get your child in...Read More »

Blog: Barricade Baby – Brica Wood and Steel Designer Gate Review

Babies, they are logistical nightmares. When they are first born, they stay in one spot, they sleep a lot, they poop a lot, they are super cute and little. That pretty much sums it up....Read More »

Blog (Product Review): Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway

Planes, Trains and Automobiles…no not the movie, I’m talking about the toys my little guy is playing with these days. We’ve tried (key word = tried), to minimize the amount of toys and ‘stuff’ MJ...Read More »

Blog: Adventures in feeding – Who doesn’t love ‘roni?

Feeding kids is an awesome adventure. As a dad it was pretty simple for me for the first 6 months or so. I literally did nothing. The odd bottle feed here or there (and our...Read More »

Blog: Your Baby’s Domain – The Nursery – Lambs & Ivy Signature Goodnight Sheep 4 Piece Bedding Set & Mobile

With us, as is true with most new parents, setting up the nursery can be the most exciting and one of the most stressful times when preparing for your baby’s arrival. You want everything to...Read More »

Blog: Package Deals – gb Evoq Stroller Travel System Review

I really want to appear that I have everything under control when I take Ethan out but most of the time I feel like I have a stamp on my head saying “new mom in...Read More »

Blog: Baby Surveillance – Philips AVENT DECT Baby Monitor

Do you ever look at all the gadgets and gizmos you have scattered around your house or in your vehicle and wonder how our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents before them all managed to raise children...Read More »

Blog: Moms know best: Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat Review

I have been lucky enough to receive lots of free advice in the short time I have been a new mom. Some of it has been great and some of it not so great. I...Read More »

Blog: Tranquil Moments: Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Deluxe Rock n Play Soothing Seat Review

Pregnancy and parenthood is rewarding and challenging; sharing stories, experiences, advice, successes and struggles, helps you to know you are not alone, and learning how to laugh throughout the whole process is important, because laughter...Read More »

Blog: Teething Never Looked So Cute – Kushies Chewbib Reviewed

The hardest part about being a parent is seeing your child in any sort of pain and discomfort and not being able to take their pain away. TEETHING, the nightmare that it is, is one...Read More »

Blog: It’s meal time – Fisher Price 4-in-1 Total Clean High Chair

Do you remember the scene in Home Alone 2 the Sticky Bandits get covered in bird seed and the pigeon’s descend; attacking the bird seed as though they are convinced it will be their last...Read More »

Blog: Tips on the Sips – Sippy Cups Reviewed

With the amount I spill on myself I’m fairly certain Callum and I could both benefit from these sippy cups so we took our quality control testing very seriously. We tested the following three cups:...Read More »