Remember when I mentioned that I give my son whole foods instead of purees? Well, I got tired of giving him turkey and sweet potato left overs so I ran to the grocery store to pick up some new food options.
I want to give Jackson many different foods.. you know – not the typical peas and carrots type thing.
I walked around the produce section trying to decide what I wanted to introduce next. Squash – done that, green beans – yep, bananas – boring, bell peppers! Why not?
Well, I got them home and cut them up but realized really quickly that they were way too crunchy for Jackson. I steamed them up for a while and then rinsed them so they wouldn’t be super hot.
Jackson enjoyed them… I think he enjoyed the food not mushing in his hands (he has been eating loads of bananas!) He didn’t get much off of them but I think just chewing on the semi-tough pepper felt good on his gums.
Look mom! No hands!
Wonder when those teeth will pop up?
I have to say that it has been so crazy watching Jackson day by day eating his food. He has become a pro at picking up little pieces and is learning to open his hands when food is stuck there. I really think that letting him explore food like this is increasing his fine motor skills as well as learning to not be a picky eater (hopefully anyways).