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Transitioning to Big Kid Food

I realized recently that nearly all my posts to date have focused on my 3 year old son and not so much on my 10 1/2 month old daughter.  Perhaps it’s because it really does seem so much easier the second time around because I’m doing things I’ve done before whereas with my son, I’m experiencing everything for the first time.  This past week, however, I realized that my daughter is only six weeks away from her first birthday, and while she is still a baby, she is growing up so fast!  It really hit me when I started giving her more than just purées and added our table food to her meals.  When my son was her age, I was constantly researching recipes and ideas and ages when little ones could be given certain foods.  While I’m still very cognizant of what not to feed my daughter yet (honey, strawberries, citrus), I’m much more lenient with letting her try finger foods.  So, here are some of our favorite toddler and infant-approved meals.

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My daughter will try anything, and when she doesn’t like it, she’ll let us know!  I started just cutting up fruit for her when I was giving it to my son, Mikey.  She loves cut up watermelon, peaches, and blueberries.

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Baby Mum-Mums, Cheerios, and teething biscuits are also favorites.

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I made penne with a great homemade sauce and decided to make some orzo to let my daughter, Molly try it.  She loved it!

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The other night, I made eggplant and bean ‘meatballs.’  Anything that is in pancake, ball, or burger shape in our house is quickly gobbled up.  I just cut it in half and gave it to Molly, and she couldn’t get enough.

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What I’m learning the second time around is that being more lenient and adventurous is great for all involved.  I also think that our eating habits have changed significantly since before children, so it’s been a more seamless transition for Molly.  I make dinners that are kid-friendly, so now instead of having to make three separate meals, I am able to make only one that everyone enjoys.  While I am still giving Molly purees (my freezer is still stocked), I love that I can now also add some variety and textures to her diet.

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And she she loves cooking with her big brother!

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What are some go-to recipes for your children?

 

 

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