Surprise, you do actually have to keep a tiny human alive with real food! I started taking pictures of his tiny plates because I thought that some way, somehow I could help some other parents (who google what to feed their baby) remember that real food exists and you can, indeed, feed it to your baby.
When we were transitioning Sam’s diet from mostly bottles and
purees to real, solid food, I all of a sudden felt like I had no idea what food
was. I constantly googled “what to feed a 9-month-old?” and “toddler food ideas”
– stuff like that, and I felt like I had no clue what I was doing. Surprise,
you do actually have to keep a tiny human alive with real food! Despite the
internet (and our pediatrician) suggesting to just give him what we were
eating, I was struggling to feel like anything was good enough to put in his
But then he started demanding to try things and would (still does, actually) get upset if he saw someone eating something in front of him that he wasn’t eating. So, I started just giving pretty much everything I could find a try. Making sure the texture was relatively soft and pieces were cut small, we went for it.
I started taking pictures of his tiny plates and sending them to my friends and family because I thought it was so funny to see his tiny plates of real food. These plates of food made it seem like he had this bougie-baby palate even though it was really just normal food. Most of the time it looked kind of gross, too. He ended up looking pretty gross afterwards, too, – babies are messy, friends!
For any other parents out there just needing that extra push to remember that random, real food exists and it’s fine to feed your baby, this is for you. For any parents out there googling “what do I feed my X-month-old” – here’s a little treat of weird food to help inspire you. I’m no expert here, and there are a lot of other resources out there with actual research and a plethora of experience to back up what they’re preaching (look up baby-led weaning – that’s a real thing!), and no one (literally not a single person) in my life asked for this, but here it is. 😂
Lunch & Dinner
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I'm a former learning delivery specialist for corporate America turned full-time stay-at-home mama. I live in the Mitten State with my husband, our two beautiful kiddos (Sam & Hannah), and one overweight golden retriever. My favorite things include tacos, my planner & showing people I love them by making too much food.