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the newbie: Feeding Time

By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


Now that June is weaning herself a bit, we have fun trying out different types of meals and snacks. Scrambled eggs, strawberries and yogurt, sweet potatoes with spinach and carrots… these are all popular with the little one. We’ve even given her cod roe (a favorite of my husband) and puttanesca sauce—she slurps those down like a champ.

So while I’m happy with what she’s eating, I’m never really sure when to feed her. Usually, she gets a little bit cranky when she’s hungry, so it’s a good bet that a snack or a meal will pacify her. But I wonder if I should be keeping to more of a schedule with three bigger meals and a couple of snacks mixed in.

I haven’t read any of those newly popular French parenting books, but I’ve heard they have a lot to say about snacking and how American moms hand food over any time of day. I guess French parents do not. They sit down and dine consciously, and their children wait for mealtimes without fuss, at least on an ideal day.

I don’t want to get in the habit of shushing June with food, but I’m also not sure she’s ready for a rigorous meal schedule.

I wonder if any other moms have a routine that works? Let me know.

the newbie: First Foods

By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


I’ll be honest: I had visions of feeding June the most natural, organic, good-for-you foods on the planet. I’d set myself up with tiny glass jars and blend healthy and delicious meals for her every craving. She would laugh and coo as she tried in-season fruits, brightly colored veggies and perfectly seasoned protein dishes!

The reality is that blending is boring, June doesn’t seem to like the foods I make very much, and those little packs of pureed organic foods? They’re incredibly convenient. June can feed herself with those! She’ll sit for an hour in a restaurant high chair as long as she has a packet to happily guzzle. It’s very freeing.

But… I feel bad. Shouldn’t I be making her food? Giving her a taste of what Mom and Dad are eating for dinner? Introducing something besides the puree texture, now that she’s 8 months old?

I’m not sure exactly what to give her, and she’s so happy with these packets. I’ll admit to being lazy: If it ain’t broke…

Still, I’m ready to move forward. Any suggestions for first non-pureed foods?


the newbie: Should I be teaching this baby something?
By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


I posted a while ago wondering what I should be doing with the long days that stretched out in front of me and June, and I got some great suggestions! Now that she’s 8 months old, the days are a lot more interactive and fun (park walks, singing, dozens of rounds of peekaboo…), but I’m wondering if I’m supposed to be doing educational activities with her. Like, should I be going over colors, shapes, sounds? Or… something?

Trust me, I’m not an intense “my baby must be super advanced” parent, I just don’t want to short-change her by always taking her on my errands and having her life fit into mine. A few things, I’d like to do for June.

I’d love to hear if there’s anything you guys did with your babies in that first year that you really loved. We have a music class once a week that makes her clap and coo, but that’s over soon and I’m looking for more options.