Nora's First Veggies

September 29, 2009 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Parenting, Videos 198 views

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thumbLast Friday, the day after her six month birthday, we took Nora to the pediatrician, who gave us permission to start giving her vegetable puree, fruits, and even meat! Rather than grill her up a good t-bone steak, we’ve decided to start with the vegetables, so Marga made her a leek, carrot, and potato puree, while I set up the tripod to capture the event on video.

It immediately became obvious that we need to buy a high chair ASAP so that the flailing veggie monster doesn’t have to sit on our laps. Also, do they make little baby straitjackets? Those arms are nothing but trouble. She tends to grab at the food end of the spoon, which not only defeats the whole purpose of the spoon user interface, but also makes it really hard to pry away from her, once she has a hold of the end that is easiest to hold on to. If the spoon with the puree is the airplane, and Nora’s mouth is the hangar, then her hands are scrambled fighter jets sent to destroy the plane before it can get into the hangar.

It’s clear that we have much to learn. The dialog in Spanish goes something like, “Should I stop feeding her yet?” “I dunno, I’ve never done this!” “Me neither!” Ah, parental cluelessness…isn’t it adorable?

  • Paul


  • Josh

    We’ve been very happy with the high chair from Nurse that we bought. (similar to this one: , but ours says “My Little Puppy”) While it was far from being the most expensive model in the shop, it was, by far, the most stable. I like that it is easily folded (great for hauling it over to the Suegros’ for those Sunday lunches). The downsides, inadequately padded (easily fixed by putting some foam pad beneath the removable, and hence washable, cloth liner; a fixed position tray and last but not least, the unfortunate marketing choice of naming the product model “My Little Puppy”.

    Your aeronautical description of the feeding process was fabulous. I’ve found that either I need to put Sophia in a headlock, or give her a mix of books and toys, in order to keep her calm enough to eat without “redecorating” the dining room during the process.

    • Thanks, Josh! Your list of features will help us evaluate the products in the local shops. Stability and washability are at the top of our list, I think.

      The other image that came to both Marga’s and my mind was that we need Dexter Morgan to come lay down some plastic before each feeding.

  • When you were at this stage we pretty much counted on moving you directly from the high chair to the sink for a thorough scrub down. Also, as you noted, the feeder and feedee usually need at least a shirt change. A plastic mat under the chair to protect the floor is definitely a good idea. Acutally a dog works even better – licks the chair legs, etc. – but I know that’s not in your plans at this point. Have fun with this time in her life.

  • “I had no idea this was going to be such a mess”. You can apply that comment to pretty much the entire parenting experience, I think.

  • Josh

    Simon, last night our 15 month old had far more Cheetos (or whatever those nasty, worm-like, synthetic crisps are called) than any pediatrician in his right mind would recommend. To sum the experience up, I had some idea what sort of mess would ensue, I just had no idea it would be so… orange. Apart from that, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your comment. Maybe we should make a tee-shirt.

  • This was one of my favorite times in the boys’ “timeline”. We have a little food processor… and I mean very little. It is one of those small ones that you usually just use to process herbs in. We used it for making baby food. I would throw anything that we had in the fridge in there and it would become instant baby food. Oh, and the thing that always made them gulp it down no matter what was applesauce. In fact, when they got older and we didn’t puree things, we’d just mix whatever with applesauce and they would eat it up. String beans. Add applesauce. Gone.

    As far as knowing when they are done… when more was coming out than going down, I quit feeding.

    • Josh

      As always, for words of true wisdom, ask a Grady. We also have one of those mini-blender/food processor things, and I don’t know how people survived before they were invented. Perhaps just buying baby food from stores? Apart from the convenience, I’m convinced that by ignoring the canonical “salty for the meal, sweet for desert” we’re showing our daughter to enjoy different tasts and textures. Plus, it drives my traditionalist mother-in-law crazy when she sees her precious grandchild sucking down industrial quantities of banana with chicken.

    • when more was coming out than going down

      Ah yes. I think that’s what economists call the point of diminishing returns. Although in this case, it’s the returns that are growing…

  • Ah! I know it’s messy, but I think feeding a baby solid food is such fun.

    I have to admit I was surprised to see that the first thing you fed Nora was a puree of three veggies mixed together. Doctors here recommend only feeding a baby one new fruit or veggie every 4 days, so if the baby has an allergic reaction you can immediately pinpoint which food caused it. I guess pediatricians there aren’t as paranoid as the ones here (considering how rare food allergies really are, especially if there’s no family history). I stopped following that advice after about a month, by the way.

    • I had forgotten about that Andrea. So true. We did that. Then we started mixing everything together.

      • And we do the mixing, too. E’s magic food is bananas. She won’t usually touch green vegetables, but if you mix them with bananas suddenly they’re acceptable. Have you ever tried peas and bananas mixed together? Strangely, it’s actually pretty good!

        • Yeah, bananas were a magicical addition for us as well. Applesauce was just easy to buy in those gallon jars and kept longer than bananas. Plus, bananas can get expensive. I’ll tell you what is an expensive fruit though…. blueberries. Good gracious. Thank goodness my mom has a huge section of her yard devoted to blueberries. They freeze very well. The kids love them in everything. Pancakes especially, which are a staple for breakfast night (Monday). But then they go visit an Aunt who puts chocolate chips in the pancakes and blueberries are no longer the awesome addition they were. 🙂