When LittleMan was an only child, I was very diligent to instill healthy eating habits. We followed baby led weaning. We made homemade baby food. We introduced a wide variety of foods slowly and safely. At 9 months he asked for (via pointing and ASL) cinnamon on his sweet potatoes. At 1 year his favorite food was stuffed mushroom caps. Feeding him wasn’t just a task to be done today, it was our effort to cement healthy habits for life.
With the second baby, that effort slipped a little bit. I won’t say healthy eating went out the window. We continued to follow baby lead weaning practices. We continued to attempt to foster a positive relationship with food. However we didn’t take the same time and consideration in making sure SunnyGirl was exposed to a wide variety of foods. Sure she had exposure to all of the food groups, but only a small number of foods in each group. In 18 months of life she’d only tried 7 fruits. So when we brought home a bag of nectarines and she had no interest in trying one, I realized we needed to make more of an effort to get her excited for new foods the way we did for her brother when he was a tot.
I decided to sacrifice a couple nectarines for the sake of sensory exploration and see what would happen if we took the pressure off.
Simply grated nectarines spread across the bottom of a sensory bin with some basic cooking utensils, SunnyGirl wasted no time in checking this bin out.
When presented with a fun way of exploring the food she previously had no interest in trying, SunnyGirl decided she liked it after all and wanted a whole peach for herself.