by Janell from Baby Button
It’s really important for babies to experience a range of flavours and foods when they are newly introduced to ‘solid’ foods – by which, of course, we mean pureed and suitable for babies to eat.
My mother’s group and I came up with a great way to give our babies variety in their first foods – Puree Parties. They also give us a great excuse to socialise and connect with other, likeminded adults!
Community approach to parenting
In earlier days and in some other cultures, mothers take a communal approach to child raising and it works well. The children start learning from a very young age and there seems to be less stress on mums.
Now that everything mums do is subject to scrutiny, a small thing like introducing solids to your child’s diet can throw a first time mum into panic. When she’s part of a group she’s more likely to relax and enjoy being a mum and that is a great thing for her and her child.
Get a group together
Invite your mother’s group around or any women with babies of a similar age. You might like to take it in turns with each mum hosting the party on a roster system. Allocate each person a fruit or vegetable that they’re responsible for bringing along. That way you don’t end up with too much of the one thing.
Create a puree production line
You can either set up a production line or work stations, and everyone creates a puree with the ingredient they’ve brought along. There’s the pumpkin and carrot alongside the apple and apricot and … whatever you have, really.
The kids can also have their own ‘social time’ and can also taste the produce you’ve created for them. They have the opportunity to be exposed to a wider variety of foods (not necessarily in the one night) than you’d perhaps think of introducing yourself. In fact, it was the taste testing that encouraged me to start making my bibs. The ones I made for my baby did the best job of keeping them clean.
Experiment with different flavours
When the kids are a little older, try mixing a few different ingredients together, apple and strawberry for example, or sweet potato and broccoli. Experiment with a few things, but don’t go too crazy.
You can even move onto stewed fruits and lightly mashed vegetables to add some texture at the age appropriate time in your bubs’ lives.
Just remember to keep plenty of bibs on hand. A new taste experience can be pretty messy at times but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?
Janell is the creator of BabyButton and makes products for mums from a mum. Head over to her website to purchase large, very absorbent, adjustable bibs today! To see all of Janell’s articles, click here.