My baby doesn’t like baby food.
I didn’t do jarred baby food with my other little ones.
I delayed solids as long as I could. From 6-9 months, depending on the baby. And I went slow once I started them on solids, offering one single food, several days apart.
When I did feed my babies solids, it wasn’t jarred baby food. It was soft cooked carrots, sweet potato, mashed potato, peas. Avocado, banana. That kind of thing.
Baby Doesn’t Like Baby Food
Jarred baby food is expensive and I always felt that fresh real food was better, less processed, fresher and tastier. I only used it on rare occasions, such as when I was traveling and unsure if I could obtain single ingredients to feed baby.
This time, however, I did things a little differently. Several times during my pregnancy I was able to snag organic baby food for pennies a jar. Combining store sales with coupons meant that what was once .99 a jar was now around .15 a jar. Not bad. The siren song of a great deal lured me in. I had an entire shelf of one cupboard stocked with jarred baby food, all organic.
Baby doesn’t like it. She won’t eat jarred baby food!
It’s so convenient to pop open a jar of the stuff and shovel it in with a little tiny spoon. Something fun about feeding a baby that way.
But she turns up her nose.
After a couple of weeks of trying to coax her and playing little tricks to try to get her to open up and take the stuff, I gave her a gob of hummus. The same hummus we all were noshing on. The hummus full of garlic and olive oil.
Baby has had garlic breath for weeks.
When she tastes the hummus her little hands and feet twist and flail in anticipation.
She wants real food.
The same stuff we’re eating.
(And no, it doesn’t help if I feed myself from the baby food jars.)
She’s not quite mastered the art of the pincer grasp, so putting little bits of soft food on her high chair doesn’t work yet. She gets frustrated and wants me to put food directly in her mouth.
She will eat anything I feed her with my fingers. As long as it came from my plate.
Not a jar.
Maybe I knew better all along!
Years ago I recall reading a Mothering magazine article entitled, “Baby Food Is Whatever I Feed My Baby” (issue #85 if you’re interested). In it, the author reported giving his infant daughter a taste of everything he cooked. One of her favorites ended up being Chicken Piccata, complete with capers. I’m sure Ruby would love it!
But what about food allergies? How do you watch for reactions when you’re feeding baby adult food? And now what do I do with all those leftover jars of baby food?
Would your little one eat jarred “baby food”?