Interesting thing I came across: Gill Rapley, deputy director of Unicef’s UK Baby Friendly Initiative said feeding babies pureed baby foods could cause health problems later in life. She has spent 25 years as a health advisor there and is convinced that spoon feeding leads to problems like constipation, overfeeding and later on, texture pickiness. She also blames the food industry for convincing parents that they should give children pureed food. Hmm… would that be the same food industry that convinces Moms that their breastmilk is inadequate?
Now, I always thought that the reason I never did “baby food” was because I was lazy to make my own and too cheap to buy jarred baby food. I even wrote an article about the easy (meaning, lazy. Ahem) way to make your own baby food.
I also hated that whole shovel it in, watch them spit it out, wipe the chin, shovel again, etc… I just handed the kid a banana or some soft cooked peas or carrot or avocado or whatever when he/she was 8 months or so. At that time they have a pincer grasp and can pick up a teeny bit of solid food from the highchair tray.
Worked for 4 kids. They’re still alive, well fed … and none of them are picky!