I have heard of babies eating this. My dd is 12 months and nurses every 2-3 hours around the clock but her solid food consists of sometimes avocado, baby squash and sweet potato, sometimes pureed fruit, mashed beans and cheerios! She wont eat anything else. I bought hummus today and it seemed too flavorful or something, I dont know just not right for a baby. I did give her a tiny bit on a few cheerios and she ate it, but I dont know if I should give her more. Could all that spice be bad for her? I bought the original kind btw.
Can babies really have hummus?
It's funny, this sort of topic reminds me of my friend. She had babies before me and just fed them whatever she was eating from when they began solids. One day she was at the mother and baby group in the park and eating spicy garlic dhal and her little baby boy was tucking in. Another mother announced loudly that she would never feed HER baby curry because she would never wilfully cause a baby stomach pain like that, and my friend cupped her hand round her ear and said "can you hear India crying?" LOL!
Anyway, i'm another who just fed them whatever i was eating, and they both love a wide variety of foods. We try to avoid salt, HEAVY sugar use and caffiene. Other than that they just eat whatever we're having. DD1 still LOVES hummus.
My kids have always liked very strongly flavored things, right from the beginning. Both of them especially love kalamata and other very strong tasting olives, and feta and blue cheeses, too. My older ds was always fine with spicey stuff (though I don't eat super-hot, myself, so he was only getting moderately spicey stuff) until he got older and learned that he should be putting up a fight. lol
Also, it was such a revelation with my second when I realized he didn't need anything pureed. Right from his first bites, he just ate what we were all having, cut into small pieces. I kind of wish I had done that with my first. It just makes more sense somehow, and seemed right to me. Though ymmv, of course. ;)
Yup, hummus is good. DS is 13 m.o. and we have done humus for a couple months. Not that he eats MUCH of it...he still doesn't eat a whole lot of anything except BF. When his molar finally broke through, he ate almost no solids for a good couple weeks. Homemade hummus is easy and cheap and healthy...you can add olive oil to fatten it up if your LO is slender, too. And BTW--DS also nurses every 2-3 hours around the clock and sometimes much more often during the day. You are not alone!
Our son loves Indian food. He had a vegetarian Korma today, over rice. I figure that it's what babies in India are eating, so whatever. He was big on it! He also likes blue cheese.
You just combine in a food processor (or even just mash with a fork) a can or two of chickpeas, some lemon juice, fresh crushed garlic, tahini, and sea salt. I don't measure--you can experiment with the ratios.
Mmmm, I think I will make some soon!
It's normal for toddlers to eat limited foods, but you can keep on offering anything you eat yourself, she might decide to try it as she sees you enjoying it. E.g. my dd decided that broccoli with guacamole would be awesome because I was chowing down on it the other day.
One thing I am noticing, everything that she'll eat is pretty easy to chew or doesn't even need chewing. That could indicate something that could be changed and then she'd like more foods. Of course, it doesn't explain why not hummus.
I always gave my dd food cut up small enough for her to eat because she only wanted to feed herself. She never had a problem with food with flavors. Under the USDA program for childcare centers once kids are over one they are transitioned to eating the same foods the older children eat with very few exceptions so I don't think there is any safety or medical reason to withhold flavor from food.