In those first early months with a baby, we are all obsessed with what they are eating. Is she (or he) getting enough milk? Is it time for solids? What should (or shouldn’t ) be those early foods?
It took me three tries to find my way, and still, feeding our Clara took time and care to ensure she was getting the best of the best. She is a tall, lean baby, and so of course I always get asked a lot of detailed questions about her diet at her doctor’s visits. What do I tell them?
She eats more than her brothers.
Well, at least half the time anyway. At fifteen months old, Clara is a well-rounded, voracious eater. We’ve barreled past the cautious, exploratory stage and have settled into easy: easy to please, at ease to chew and swallow foods, and easy to serve from the dishes on the diner table.
Today I thought I’d share some of her favorite foods and how I prepare them, then we can open up the questions in the comments.
Baby-led weaning 15 month update: Clara’s current favorite foods
A closer look..
Snap Peas. Organic when I can get them, well washed, and she munches them raw. Great for non-messy snacking on the go.
Waffles. Good thing we have a basic waffle mix, ’cause these are a breakfast favorite.
Sweet Potatoes. Clara pops these like candy. Peeled, cubed and roasted, they keep for a few days in the fridge and reheat nicely.
Smoothies. Every single day. With yogurt or coconut milk, half an avocado, berries or mango, and a touch of maple syrup.
Farm Fresh Eggs. She helps me feed the hens in the morning, then we scramble a few eggs for lunch.
Pasta. Any kind, although I stick to organic, whole grain versions. Fusilli or penne is easier to eat then spaghetti.
Raspberries. Eaten off the fingers of course. Blueberries are a close second.
Beef (and chicken). After struggling for months to get my boys to eat meat at this age, it is a huge relief to have a baby that tucks into a chicken leg or beef patty.
Sandwiches. She is loving everything about the sandwich. Carbs? You bet. Usually they are ‘glued’ together with smashed avocado or cream cheese, making for less mess.
Corn. I don’t give it to her often, but the vegetable that she cut her teeth on is still a fast favorite, both on the cob and in kernel form.
Stone Fruit. As the first fruits of the season begin to arrive, Clara is loving their juicy sweet flesh. I wash and slice them for her.
Muffins. Mama makes the best muffins ever, though she leaves out the chocolate and adds extra flax. This is Clara’s ‘dessert’, so far.
Now, Clara eats mostly everything we do, but these are snacks, produce and proteins that she has a current fondness for, and I try to keep around for her.
My question for YOU: the milk mystery
You’ll notice that I haven’t mentioned drinking. Sure Clara’s an excellent eater, but oddly enough – she won’t touch cow’s milk. It’s the strangest thing. She actually spits it out, in any method it is presented to her – bottle, sippy cup or straw.
Although she downs smoothies, yogurt, and other dairy products, there’s something about milk that she doesn’t like. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m hoping she will change her opinion over time, and in the meantime, I continue to offer it to her.
Have you transitioned to solids using the Baby-Led Weaning method? Does your baby/toddler have any strong aversions to any foods? Any allergies?
Feel free to share or ask questions in the comments and I’ll stick around to answer.
What are your toddler’s favorite foods? Do you have any tips to share?