From Textured Foods to Creative Table Food
Once your baby has gotten used to eating textured foods like mashed banana or lumpier puréed veggies, your baby may be ready to try some finger foods or baby table food. I struggled to get my baby to transition from puréed foods to finger foods not because he wasn’t willing but because I was unsure of how to go about it. If you are in the same boat, you will want to read how I recognized signs and felt more comfortable making the switch in my previous post.
I started off with some finger foods: pieces of banana, avocado, soft pieces of bread and soft cooked veggies. If you do a quick search in google, you’ll find that anyone that has anything to say about feeding babies stresses variety. Variety is why your kid will not be a picky eater, apparently. My fear of a picky-eater was bigger than my fear of my baby not being able to chew something properly and make that gagging noise that makes my heart jump into my throat. (Are my priorities backward?)
Variety is what catapulted me into letting my baby try new things and eventually get creative with baby table food recipes. I also read that letting my baby eat with his hands and self-feed were very important to their motor skills. Learning to eat with their hands is also what precedes self-feeding with a spoon. I’d like to get to that point sooner than later!
Baby Table Food that You’ll Want to Eat Too
I’ve come up with five baby table food ideas that give a lot of variety so you can avoid raising a picky eater. Three of these five are finger food ideas so that your baby can practice self-feeding. The best part is that you (mom and dad), will probably want a bite as well because they are as delicious as they are nutritious. So, make some extra for yourself.
Note: You could let your baby have a go at the pasta or polenta by himself, but if you are like me, you may freak out about the mess.
Bake the Sea Bream Fish (Orata) in the oven with olive oil and lemon
Prepare the tomato sauce with sautéed onions and fresh tomato pulp
Add chopped zucchini
Let the tomatoes and onions cook until a thick sauce is obtained and the zucchini is cooked through
Skin and debone the fish
Follow package instructions for cooking Polenta
Place the following in the bowl:
4-5 Spoonfuls of cooked Polenta
40g of fish
2-3 spoonfuls of zucchini
3-4 spoonfuls of tomato sauce
5g of olive oil
Follow package instructions on how to prepare and cook lentils
Steam broccoli until tender and cut into pieces
Slice sweet potatoes and bake in the oven until soft
Boil water for the baby pasta (2-3 spoonfuls) and cook
Place in the bowl:
3 pieces of broccoli cut up
one slice of sweet potatoes cut up
Follow this Martha Stewart’s simple Crepe Recipe
When the crepe is still hot and nearly ready to take off the pan, add a slice of ham, cooked spinach and a few thinly sliced pieces of Emmental cheese to one half.
Fold over the other half and wait until the cheese melts.
Remove from the pan and cut into pieces.
This is quite straightforward:
Spread cream cheese over whole wheat sliced bread
Add thin slices of avocado
Add a slice of ham
Cut into small sandwiches.
Soak whole wheat sliced bread in beaten eggs with a bit of milk
Heat a pan with a little oil
Pan-fry the egg-soaked bread on low heat on both sides until egg is fully cooked
Cook apples on low heat until soft
Cut French toast and apples into long pieces
Place apples on top of the french toast
I’ll be honest, I added some maple syrup to my portion.
What You Can Expect
With the exception of the French toast and cooked apples, your baby is probably not going to pop the mini sandwich or crepe in his mouth like you imagined. It’s going to fall apart and he’ll probably squish it in his hand, then try to put it in his mouth. Once in a while, he may eat the whole thing without spilling 50% of your efforts on the floor. It’s all part of the learning process. Your baby needs to get messy to learn how to eat properly.
You’ll cringe and say, “no, not like that”, “no, don’t rub your face..ahhhhh!”, “it’s gonna drop on the…aaahhh!” “let me wipe your ha…aaahhh!”
It’ll pass. That’s what they say, anyway.
What are some baby table food ideas you came up with?