My youngest is 10 months old now, which means she’s eating a wide variety of foods. She has 6 teeth, and she can gnaw on just about anything with her sharp little gums too.
Here she is eating a raw turnip.
Most of the pieces got spit out, I think she was more interested in just relieving teething pain (you can see a slight runny nose in the pic).
- Gelatinous chicken broth. You know that jelly-like substance that surrounds your roasted chicken? Especially after it’s cooled in the fridge? She LOVES that. And it’s awesome for her too. The gelatin is full of amino acids and easily digestible protein.
- Meat. Girlfriend loves to chow down on meat. If it’s not cooked in the slow cooker all day and super soft, then I pre-chew it a little. Meat is an important first food for babies, because it’s so nutrient dense and full of iron. Breastmilk isn’t “deficient” in iron. Breastmilk is perfectly sufficient for the first 6 months, maybe longer if mom’s iron stores were good during pregnancy. But after solids are offered, foods that are good sources of iron are important.
- Raw turnips. See above.
- Cooked turnips. Cooked with a bit of grass-fed butter and a little apple. Yum!
- Small bits of green beans, leafy greens and other “bitter” vegetables.
- Cooked mushrooms.
- Mild curry. Last night we had Kima for supper, and she ate the potatoes, beef, carrots and onions. With curry powder.
- Coconut cream. Right off the spoon. She loves it!
- Plain whole milk yogurt. With the tiniest bit of maple syrup added.
- Sauerkraut. Since she had antibiotics at a month of age when she had to go to the hospital, I try to feed her cultured foods whenever possible to re-inoculate her gut.
- Fermented cod liver oil. Every once in awhile I give her a tiny bit.
- Soaked oats. Not too often, but every once in awhile she gets soaked oatmeal, well cooked with a bit of butter and cooked apple.
- Liver. Yes, she eats liver occasionally!
Of course she also eats the regular line up of solid foods for babies this age. Avocados, cooked carrot, applesauce, well cooked beans, peas, potatoes, etc. One thing I don’t feed her is egg yolk – even though this is a wonderful first food. Unfortunately she vomits copiously every time I try. I hope she outgrows the sensitivity.
She also doesn’t eat jarred baby food. It can be great for convenience’s sake, but I avoid it because I think it’s less nutritious than what I can prepare myself. And trust me, I don’t go to great lengths to make her food. She eats what we eat, with a tiny bit of adjustment. I don’t have time to make her her own meals. She also gets very limited grains. Grains are hard for anyone to digest, especially babies in their first year of life. I also avoid giving her gluten (mostly, she’s had a little bite here and there) because we have allergy in the family.
One of the reasons I try to feed her “weird” foods is because I want to avoid pickiness. Babies can get used to whatever their parents are eating. No “white” diet (french fries, milk, chicken nuggets, pasta) for her, or any of my other kids for that matter.
A couple of books you might enjoy for baby diet inspiration:
Bébé Gourmet: 100 French-Inspired Baby Food Recipes For Raising an Adventurous Eater – This book is wonderful if you want to make your own baby food. It has tons of recipes and inbetween, delightful quips about French parenting. Too much fun.
Of course, being a crawling baby in a large family, she also eats her fair share of bizarre leftovers. She may or may not have had the odd chocolate chip that wasn’t swept up. She once stuffed a corn tortilla chip in her mouth and ate the whole thing before I could get to her.
And this is what happens when she finds a half-eaten apple her big sister has discarded:
What weird things does/did your baby eat?