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User Image bigg_eats_smalls Posted: Feb 21, 2018 4:29 AM (UTC)

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I get a lot of questions in regards to the size that foods should be depending on age of the baby- so here's a quick run down:
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- New eaters (around 6 months) are pretty rough around the edges when it comes to picking up things and accurately dropping/placing them in their mouth. The ability to grasp and release sometimes doesn't even fully develop til around 9 months. So large pieces big enough to grasp with a whole hand, but not small enough to fully shove in their mouth, are best at this stage to prevent frustration.
- Soon after, you're ok to start giving foods that are naturally smaller (rice, beans, peas, etc), as long as it's not a choking hazard food
- More experienced eaters who have been practicing their chewing (with molars or gum ridges) for a while can start to get smaller cubes of food. We just want to be careful to not give bite-sized pieces too early as that can hinder chewing skill progression. Once a child has demonstrated that they understand taking bites, chewing enough to break food down, then swallowing, they're good for bite sized bits.
- Remember! Always have a spoon or fork available so they can practice self-feeding with utensils!
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That's it guys. Don't think about it too much. Familarize yourself with foods that are choking hazards, stay away from those, and remember that food that is naturally bigger should be offered in bigger pieces, and naturally tiny foods are ok also.
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Chloe and Madison, 9 months, eating tiny little something's.... and everything is fine and well. Also- you guys... this mama (@angela_mae) is doing baby led weaning with TWO BABIES at once! And here I am complaining about the mess my ONE baby makes during mealtime!
User Image bbg.myself.and.l Posted: Feb 21, 2018 4:22 AM (UTC)

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Pork chops, mushroom rice and peas for dinner.
Not a huge fan of pork chops but they were good. #bbg #bbgweek3 #bbgmom #dinner #mealtime #yummy #healthyliving #bbgmoms #bbgmyselfandi
User Image thefullfarmhouse Posted: Feb 21, 2018 3:41 AM (UTC)

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Sweet little aprons for the babes to use when they cook! We get them involved in every meal and they have truly learned to love cooking! It’s part of our family time and it’s part of our daily learning...And there is nothing sweeter than seeing them wear these adorable aprons! #leatherandlace #lovetocook #family #mealtime #learntocook #apron #farmhousestyle #farmhouse #homeschooling #homeschool #unschooling #montessoriathome @knackeredmamas
User Image dani_mjk Posted: Feb 21, 2018 3:27 AM (UTC)

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Pizza really is the most universal food. 🍕
User Image getinform8tion Posted: Feb 21, 2018 3:29 AM (UTC)

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SOMEONE I know who’s name starts with “De” and ends with “on” wanted me to post a selfie so here. #veganlyfe #ad #mealtime #air #food #nofilter #im3daysold #ad
User Image cocolean_co Posted: Feb 21, 2018 3:06 AM (UTC)

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User Image rasa_risa Posted: Feb 21, 2018 2:49 AM (UTC)

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User Image southernpines_ Posted: Feb 21, 2018 2:22 AM (UTC)
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Yummy buttery pasta! 🍝(And this one is gluten free but you can use whatever spaghetti or fettuccine you love ❤️!) We paired it with roasted salmon and cod. It was the perfect weeknight dinner and ready in about 30-40 minutes. I’ve been digging out the Winter weeds the past few days - getting my garden ready for 🍅🌶🥔🥒🌻🌸But I will have the recipe posted soon. In the meantime:
12 oz fettuccine.
2 cups chopped zucchini.
1 whole lemon.
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil.
6 TBS butter.
2 TBS dried parsley.
1/2 tsp salt.
1/4 tsp pepper.
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Cook pasta according to package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, add zucchini, olive oil, butter, juice of one lemon, parsley, salt and pepper to a skillet. (I used my cast iron.) Saute on medium for a few minutes stirring with a wooden spoon then reduce to low. It should take about ten minutes for the veggies to cook. Give the sauce a taste and feel free to add a little more parsley, salt and pepper. I added a dash of red pepper flakes! When the pasta is done, reserve about a 1/4 cup of liquid then drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss in the butter sauce. Let it simmer on low until ready to serve. If the pasta needs a little more liquid, add a splash of the pasta water. I didn’t need it but just in case. Garnish with grated Parmesan and parsley. Enjoy! Recipe will be posted soon!
User Image vegetarian_trvlr Posted: Feb 21, 2018 2:27 AM (UTC)

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