Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Miss Independent

Miss Independent has decided she will no longer allow anyone else to feed her. She turns her head away from any spoon or finger that approaches her mouth and purses her lips stubbornly. Holding her own spoons and/or finger food doesn't seem to help. She knows what's up!

I really wasn't ready for the spoon-feeding phase to be over. It's MUCH more difficult to come up with ideas for finger foods that are high in fibre (the constipation monster is always lurking in the shadows, ready to rear its ugly head should I neglect to balance her fibre and water consumption perfectly), full of vitamins and not sugar, and do not present a choking hazard.

And then there's the mess. I'm going to have to silence my inner control freak and just go with it, much as it pains me to do so. She loves smearing her food all over the highchair, her arms and legs, her clothes, and her hair. And if I get close enough, she will smear it all over me too.

Any suggestions for early finger foods? Bonus points for ideas that relatively mess-free!

1 comment:

  1. Have you tried those "feed bag" things? (they look like a soother but with a mesh bag at the end) We used to put frozen cubes of pureed food in those, and K. could eat away to her heart's content. As a bonus, it helped with teething. However, once she got a bunch of teeth, she started chewing through the mesh, so Lilah might already be past the point where it would be a good idea!


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