Comfort for the baby

In terms of comfort there are 4 things about any high chair that I’d paid attention to:

1. The seat needs to be wide enough.

Some chairs have very narrow seats, I took Eric with me when we went shopping and amazingly he didn’t fit into 50% of the high chairs we tried. And he’s not a gigantic toddler!

Imagine you’re in a store, standing in front of a row of high chairs. What should you be looking for?

To me there is a number of things that I need in high chair. It needs to be:

1. Safe and stable.
2. Easily washable.
3. Comfortable for the baby.
4. Easy to handle for mom and dad.

What is your child eating?

Ever since Eric turned 12 months, I started to get this question a lot. Everybody seemed to be interested in what he is eating, from our child’s health nurse to people I accidentally bumped into after not seeing them for months.

And 9 times out of 10 the question “What is he eating?” was followed by “Is he eating what you’re eating?”. I would normally start telling them about how I cook separately for Eric and they would get this worried look on their faces. And then they would start questioning me why Eric doesn’t eat what the rest of the family eats. The message was loud and clear – it is wrong to be feeding the child special meals.

This got me thinking – am I really doing something silly here? Obviously there are many reasons to feed the baby what Rob and I eat.

One look at my kitchen floor will instantly reveal that my son is learning to feed himself. Self-feeding is a long, funny, touching and messy process. Right now we’re about 2 months into it and still a lot of food misses Eric’s mouth. Remember how I complained about pelican bib being a huge disappointment?

How do I stop hosing down his high chair covered with food?
I teach him not to use his hands when eating soup or porridge. We have this agreement where I help him to get a spoon full of soup from the bowl safely to his mouth. To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t always work and sometimes he fights my attempts to help. Then I leave him to try, but follow the dripping spoon with a bowl, holding it right under, so that the food would fall back in.

When your baby starts trying to feed himself, you quickly realize how easy, even boring, you life was before. No fighting over the spoon, no washing food off the walls and the floor 5 times a day, no bathing the baby after every meal. No hosing down his covered with porridge high chair, no washing sticky fingerprints of your clothes, no undressing in the kitchen because he just spilled a glass of milk on you, no finding pieces of toast 5 meters away from the table. It turns out that you were missing on a lot of fun before this self-feeding thing began.

Did I mention how busy I was? I am a working mom, and that means that I work 2 jobs, actually 3 – my paying job, caring for my baby and managing the house. Ever since my boy was born, saving time became my religion. Every 15 minutes are utilized to perfection and for a good reason – with my levels of busyness I can’t afford to lose time, at all.

Until now, in every book I read the nuts were a big no-no for kids because they were said to cause allergies. Recently I have stumbled upon an article that says something completely different. Not only the nuts are not likely to cause allergies (well, no more than other foods), but by not offering them to the kids we can cause them become nuts-sensitive.

Does your baby make his own soup?

I had a problem: Eric didn’t want to eat his lunch. He was turning the head from side to side, trying to escape from the high chair, when he was clearly hungry – really exercising my patience. I had to come up with something, so my solution was to let him make is own soup – yes, that’s right.

had no idea that baby could chew; I thought that all the baby foods should be pureed, runny and soft to be easily swallowed. It turns out that babies don’t need teeth to chew – they are using their gums. But chewing is a skill and they need to learn it.

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