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Feeding Himself With a Spoon: What a Mess!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

(Left): Mason feeds himself Greek yogurt with homemade peach puree–and tries to snatch my phone when he catches me photographing him.

Our efforts to teach Mason to feed himself with a spoon have been in full swing for about a month now. He seems much more motivated to use the spoon when he’s at school. I suppose it’s because he’s sitting with eight other kids, all around his age, who are doing the same thing that he’s doing. It’s absolutely precious to watch all of them in action (the girls are dainty, the boys are sloppy). At home, we generally practice every night at dinner, with yogurt or applesauce. It always starts out the same way: He studies his spoon and then takes a few spoonfuls of the food in front of him and feeds himself very well. I get excited and cheer. But after a few minutes he tosses the spoon and scoops up handfuls of his food and shoves it into his mouth. It’s really cute but the mess just stresses me out! I mean finger food is messy, but this is mess on a whole other level. By the time he’s finished, there are globs of applesauce or yogurt everywhere. Any tips on helping him master the skill, with a little less mess?

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11 Things I Can’t Believe Mason Enjoys Eating

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

His smile was cute but Mason’s behavior was not at dinner on Tuesday. He rejected most of his meal, played with his sippy cup instead of drinking from it, and put his feet up on his high chair tray (gross!).

I’m thrilled that my 12-month-old has such an eclectic palate, but that doesn’t mean mealtime is always easy for us. In fact we’ve had several finicky and frustrating mealtimes at our house lately (see exhibit A above). Take Tuesday. I picked Bug up from daycare and his teacher told me had been a champion eater all day — oatmeal, various fresh fruits, lasagna, whole-grain muffin. I was psyched, I get so excited when he eats well. Then we got home and I offered him six different finger foods he’s loved in the past, in the spirit of Dr. Sears’ advice, and he spit every option out. He even rejected yogurt with fresh peach puree, one of his faves. What did he finally eat? Plain macaroni noodles by the fistful. So. Annoying. All of this is normal, according to Sears, since kids tend to get picky once they turn a year old. But it’s still frustrating.

When things get tough –  like dinnertime every night so far this week  — I can take comfort in all the times that he’s eaten things we swore he’d never like. Here are the foods that I’m amazed he enjoys so much. What about you? Is there anything that your babe likes that you can’t believe he/she enjoys so much?

1. Lobster Ravioli. This one made me nervous (What if he has a shellfish allergy?!), but Chris gave Bug his first taste of shellfish with winning results.

2. Gazpacho. We let him try this bold summer soup because he kept sticking his fingers in Chris’ bowl. Mason has enjoyed it ever since, including at his birthday dinner.

3. Garam Masala. My friend Jeanne convinced me that my then-nine-month-old would probably like her curried lentils, which feature a tiny pinch of this strong Indian spice. She was right.

4. Broccoli. My first experience with babies and broccoli was traumatic, but fortunately my kid likes his “trees.”

5. Vanilla milkshake. Only a dad would dare give a shake to a one-year-old, but Bug tried a few drops of this rich and creamy treat at a Washington, DC, diner and loved it.

6. Green beans. Mix this healthy veggie with Greek yogurt and fresh pear puree and you have Bug at the first spoonful.

7. Feta cheese. It was love at first bite and now Mason enjoys this tangy cheese tossed with orzo and spinach.

8. Edamame. I didn’t even know what it was until I was until college, but Bug eats the protein-rich bean several times a week.

9. Kalamata olives.  Tangy and delish, Bug can’t get enough of the stuff.

10. Peas. Green veggies are usually a tougher sell than yellow ones — they’re not as sweet  — but if you mix peas with Greek yogurt and curry powder, Mason can’t resist them.

11. Pesto. It looks years for me to acquire a taste for this pungent sauce but Bug loved it when he tried it on chicken and pasta at daycare last week.

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Food Play: From Yogurt To Finger Paint

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

I messed up at dinner last night. While Mason was eating a slice of brown rice bread topped with melted organic cheddar cheese, I fed him a spoonful of lentils that were apparently too hot. (Bug likes his food tepid — anything warmer than that just won’t do.) He immediately burst into tears and stuck his hand in his mouth. My heart broke. I knew I hadn’t scalded him — I tasted the lentils before I offered them to him and thought they were cool enough — but I hate to see him cry, especially if I did something to cause it. I gave him cold water as a peace offering but once the tears dried and I saw his reproachful expression it was clear that he’d be slow to forgive my blunder. Next I tried to feed him a spoonful of Greek yogurt mixed with organic banana and peach puree (recipe below).  He took one look at the spoon, shook his head no, and buried his face in the armrest of his high chair. I couldn’t blame the kid, I hadn’t exactly inspired his trust. I had given up on the lentils but I wasn’t ready to give up on the yogurt yet.

How to win his trust back…

I put the bowl of yogurt in front of him so he could see that it wasn’t the too-warm lentils. He flashed a huge smile,  dipped one hand in the yogurt, and smeared it all over his high chair before I could react. (When he was 3 months old we had a similar incident with mashed potatoes at a restaurant in Philly, but he was too young to realize what he was doing back then.) I had two choices: shut down the yogurt finger painting or let it happen just this once. I chose the later option. I thought it was so cute I texted a photo of him in the act to my mom. She texted back: “Suggestion, don’t let him paint with his food. I’ll bring him finger paint next time I come visit.” I see her point and I certainly don’t want to make a habit of letting Bug play with his food, but this was the first time I had ever let him indulge in some food play. The scene was too adorable for me to put the kabosh on it this time,  so instead I snapped more photos and laughed along with him. Sure enough, he lost interest 5 minutes later and finished all of his dinner. What would you have done? Do you ever let your babe play with his/her food? Share your stories here — and if you have photos, share them on our Facebook page!

Yogurt with Banana-Peach Puree


Full-fat Greek yogurt
2 fresh peaches
1 banana


1. Cook peaches. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Add sliced banana. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Add two ounces of puree to two heaping spoonfuls of yogurt. Mix until well combined.
3. Freeze leftover puree for up to three months.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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7 Simple Peach Recipes & Ideas for Your Baby

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Fresh peaches are in season right now and the lush, ripe fruit is so healthy for your babe. Peaches are packed with calcium, vitamin A, and potassium — all essential nutrients for a healthy, growing baby — and they’re so delish. Mason loves peaches. He ate slices of fresh peach for his snack Friday afternoon and he enjoyed peach puree in his oatmeal Sunday morning. Here are Bug’s fave ways to eat this sweet summer fruit. Does your babe like peaches? If so, what is his/her fave way to eat them?

1. Basic Peach Puree

2. Smashed Peaches

3. Peach Yogurt

4. Sweet Potato-Peach Puree (pictured above)

5.  Peach-Pear Puree

6. Cooked and diced with sweet potato, a great finger food combo

7. As a topper for tiny pieces of waffle or pancake. Just substitute peaches for the blueberries in this recipe.

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Curried Peas with Yogurt

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Best for Babies 8+ Months Old

The last week or so has been all about replenishing our stock of homemade baby food. Our life is crazy busy (like yours) so it helps to have several servings of healthy food in the freezer that I can just grab and heat up when mealtime rolls around. We’ve been traveling a lot so I haven’t had time to cook. Now that we’re home and things are settling down a bit, I’m loving all the time I have to cook. To help replenish our stock, I wanted to try something new — but I also wanted to make something Mason was sure to like. Since he loves  yogurt, peas, and curry powder, Fraya Berg’s pea recipe seemed like the obvious choice (plus we loved her apple and cabbage puree with raisins).

This new twist on peas was a snap to make. I cooked organic frozen green beans, then combined them with full-fat Greek yogurt and curry powder in the blender (no more fancy baby food making equipment for me). I tasted the puree as soon as it was ready, and it was absolutely delicious. The peas were bright and beautiful, with a rich, creamy texture from the yogurt. The curry powder added a very slight hint of spice. Mason loved it.

If you haven’t introduced your babe to spices yet, this is the perfect recipe to start with. The spice is very subtle, even more so than in my curried lentils recipe, and the recipe is calcium-rich and chock full of fiber from the peas. (Just be sure to use fresh or fresh-frozen green beans — canned beans are loaded with sodium.) My variation of Fraya’s recipe is below. Try it out — and let us know what you think!

Curried Peas with Yogurt


Peas, frozen or fresh, 10 ounces
1/3 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon curry powder


1. Cook peas until soft, about 7 minutes. Drain and rinse.2. Combine peas, yogurt, and curry powder in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. For a thinner puree, add water.









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