Well let's fast forward a few months and you wouldn't believe the progress he's made! He used to have an aversion to almost every texture except ritz crackers. (Imagine the struggles we had at dinner time!) Now he will eat (well, he will at least try) almost anything.
Sometimes those little texture hang-ups still rear their ugly head though. And that's fine, I just have to be creative about how I navigate around them :)
For example, fruit. Fruit is sticky and/or mushy for the most part. So getting him to self-feed any fruit was virtually impossible. Once he felt that slime on his fingers, he is immediately turned off and won't try it. I still manage to sneak fruit into other things, but it's not the same.
Until now. Low and behold, I present to you...
- Fruit! Today I did bananas but it works great with any type of slimy, sticky fruit (pears, peaches, etc).
- Graham crackers. But you know, now that I think about it I bet Cheerios would work great too.
- Slice fruit into appropriate sized pieces for your little one.
- Crush up your graham crackers into a fine consistency, sort of like breadcrumbs.
- Now roll your sticky fruit in the graham 'dust'!
These 'dusty snacks' make food like this easier to navigate for little hands. And it makes snack time easier on mom too ;)
Okay, okay. So not really a recipe of any sort. But I do know I have some mommy readers and thought that if it helped me, it might help others. Raising kids isn't always easy so why not share our tricks, right? ;) If you have any experience and tips for me, I'd love to hear them!
Have a great rest of your weekend, everyone!