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post #21 of 44
My DS (19 mos) wont eat his eggs unless they have sriracha in them. He actually is less likely to eat bland foods than spicy ones. There is no reason at all to feed a kid bland food.
post #22 of 44

A well-meaning friend gave my 6 month old hummus to amuse her while I was in the bathroom of the Lebanese restaurant.  She didn't realize that my dd hadn't yet had any solid food.  She was so apologetic and felt terrible!  My dd loved every bite!  She chowed down and it quickly became a staple.  She is now 3 and it is still her favorite form of protein.  We aren't prone to food allergies in our family, so I am of the opinion that if the baby enjoys it, it is probably fine!

 

post #23 of 44

Just repeating what everyone else said. DS1 used to scoop garlic cloves off the cutting board and eat them raw, when he was only about 14-15 months old. And, dd2 will eat almost anything we put in front of her, and loves all kinds of flavours, including some fairly hot ones. Actually, the only one of my kids who's averse to spicy/hot foods is dd1...and even in her case, it's more a reflection of her general pickiness, as she does like one or two quite spicy foods.

 

Hummus? No biggie at all. I think it's a great food for kids. I need to start making it again.

post #24 of 44
Up until my youngest, we did the bland, pureed baby food route to introducing solids. With my last, we stuck to table food after we were unable to find single flavored baby foods. She is my best eater so far and I think one of the main reason so many people have trouble with children eating these days, is because children aren't given "real" food until they're much older. I sincerely regret listening to the "bland baby food" camp.
post #25 of 44

Of course, but you may want to make homemade so yo can control salt, since some of the store brands have a lot of it. One of my babies first foods was spinach curry and farmer's cheese. Don;t hold back flavor, you could turn her into a bland-food loving mac and cheese and chicken nuggets til she's fifteen kind of kid! Lol, mostly my opinion, but especially at twelve months I would not be holding back flavor from her except extreme spiciness, although my LO at 18 months enjoys mildly spicy things, and I always keep some milk nearby if it gets too much. Feel free to open up the food world to her :)

post #26 of 44

My son is a grazer. He will literally eat a bite, run around, come back and grab another bite, run around, etc. When I get out the hummus, he stops and eats until it's gone. I started making it because we would go through an entire store-bought container in one sitting!

post #27 of 44

curious why are you still doing pureed foods?

 

dd started solids at 9 months and never ate anything pureed. in fact i think she absolutely does not like that consistency and any foods with that consistency even today at 8.

 

she loves hummus and even as a toddler the trader joe's tomato hummus has been her favourite.

 

i will say though i went easy on the spices in the begining as we started solid foods. but since she loved raw onions i didnt hold the flavour back. 

 

however i did sometimes offer her simple bland foods - like a good baked potato with nothing on it, or some fresh home grown tomato or plain boiled lentil soup. or just plain rice.

 

she still loves hummus and is an odd child in her group.

 

today her favorite sandwich is nice fresh bread smeared with hummus and some swiss cheese with it with sliced tomato and some glazed red onion. 

post #28 of 44
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Originally Posted by GoBecGo View Post

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 dh is from the Middle East and I had some reactions similar to your friend.  For us, first it was that we didn't introduce solids until dd truly showed interest, which was close to a year old, then we didn't do any purees, then I was breastfeeding too long, then, of course, we were feeding her the same ethnic food we ate, which was too spicy, wasn't "appropriate" for babies and would give her all sorts of intestinal problems.  Lots of comments, especially from my 85 year old aunt.  I made almost the same comment as you friend... "Gosh, all those poor Turkish babies that are starving because they don't have access to the foods we feed babies here in America."

 

Those same family members were here for my mom's birthday a while back.  They were commenting about how when dd was the age of their little one (my aunt's great-grandson), she would eat anything and still does.  They were wondering why their LO wouldn't eat anything but chicken mcnuggets, jello, french fries, and goldfish crackers.  I gently reminded them that dd has always eaten what we ate and we didn't limit foods or spices... and that at 9yo, she still hasn't been introduced to McDonald's (we just don't eat it) or soda pop (his favorite drink) but gets to eat Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Tex-mex and other ethnic foods every week.  I think maybe the light bulb came on for them.

 

post #29 of 44

well if they can't don't tell my DD who has loved hummus since before she was a year old...She takes a celery stick and instead of eating the celery will just repeatedly dip it in the hummus to get more and more...Loves that stuff, I personally can't stand even the smell of it but she likes it so I buy it. I used to have to make it for work and thats where I started hating it...I will start making it for her again, so simple.

post #30 of 44
Absolutely! My little guys love it! All three of my guys have loved really flavourful, spicy foods, especially at about a year old. That seems to be, for us, a great window of time to introduce all the foods we love from around the world. Of course, because they were all breastfed well into toddlerhood, they were used to those tastes that way, too.

I think that when they get to a more picky age, you're better off if they have a huge established repertoire of tastes so that you don't end up with a picky eater who will only eat chicken nuggets and pizza (even my most picky eater will chow down sushi).

My littlest was only 10 months last Autumn when we took him to France to visit Grandpa. Favourite new foods? Pate foie gras, sauteed duck gizzards and Roquefort cheese. Yum! And because all of the chestnut and walnut trees were in season, we started nuts a little early. No history of allergies in our family, so common sense won over the 'party line'.

If your baby is loving hummus, let her explore more!
post #31 of 44

Unless you have a reason to avoid legumes or seeds (allergy issue?) then it's just fine.  Perfect, really.  It's quite healthy--high in protein, fiber and good fat (when made with olive oil or another good oil).

post #32 of 44

My sons first food was basically guacamole. I was making it and he kept staring at it.  It was full of onion, cilantro, lime juice.  He loved it.  I think hummus was his second food.  Both of these foods were consumed in huge quantities when I was pregnant and I am convinced thats why he loves it so much.

 

Breastfed babies are used to changing flavors because breast milk changes based on what the mom is eating. 

post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom View Post

My sons first food was basically guacamole. I was making it and he kept staring at it.  It was full of onion, cilantro, lime juice.  He loved it.  I think hummus was his second food.  Both of these foods were consumed in huge quantities when I was pregnant and I am convinced thats why he loves it so much.

 

Breastfed babies are used to changing flavors because breast milk changes based on what the mom is eating. 



hmm I wonder if that is why DD LOVES buffalo wings...since I ate them basically constantly throughout my pregnancy and continuing on after she was born. I've never seen a kid who actually dips their fingers into hot sauce, tastes it, pants like crazy for a few seconds then goes back for more!

post #34 of 44

I always tell this funny story...

my son was an enthusiastic breast feeder however not so much about starting solids. I started like the recommendation; one food at a time, bananas, mashed carrots, rice cereal,  apple sauce... At   10 months he still showed very little interest in any type of food. I was not worried though since he looked healthy.  At this time we went to Lebanon to visit my husband’s family. When my mother in law asked what our son was eating, and we told her, she was mortified and started smashing a dish  of  zucchinis stuffed with meat and rice and feeding him it to him.   My son started eating it with gusto! Later she also fed him Hummus as well as a type of yogurt cheese with olive oil in it called labni.  He no bad reactions and  has been a good healthy eater ever since and of course Lebanese food will always be one of his favourites!


Edited by raksmama - 5/16/11 at 11:49am
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by mamatoablessing View Post

Of course? Why not? My second DD's first food was homemade guacamole with japepenos and all! Aside from a few allergen foods (which studies are now showing that not waiting might actually decrease the allergy), I fed my kids whatever I was eating from the time they started solids. I just cut it up really small or mashed it and let them have it.

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One of my ODD fav foods as a baby was pureed pork chops with applesauce and cinnamon and garlic.
 

 

post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

today her favorite sandwich is nice fresh bread smeared with hummus and some swiss cheese with it with sliced tomato and some glazed red onion. 


 

Oh my gosh that sounds good.   My 2 yo would love that. 

 

post #37 of 44

Dd1 has a palate that gravitates towards the bland, she has always been that way.  Kind of bums me out because I'm a total foodie and she is a buzzkill when it comes to food.  Dd2 however, would drink salsa right from a bowl when she was 14 months old and would suck on lemons as an infant.  To this day if she walks be a bowl of hummus she will scoop her whole hand in there (she's 4 and yeah we discourage this but it seems like her impulse control goes right out the window when hummus is involved).

 

Spice it up mama!  A broad range of flavors is good for her to experience.

post #38 of 44

Ha, I have a lemon sucker here as well...

Easiest way to keep her mellow in a restaurant is give her the lemon from our waters and she will happily sit there EATING the rind and everything until food comes.

post #39 of 44

How funny!  Dd was and is the kid that uses chips to just slurp up the salsa (separate bowl for her, please) and loves to eat lemons, too.  It must be some sort of trait.  winky.gif

post #40 of 44


My DD is oddly picky.  She doesn't eat hummus because she doesn't like dip like things.  She does eat thing that surprise others though.  Hot wings, sushi, all kinds of veggies etc.  She's pretty much always eaten what we eat too.

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Originally Posted by Ldavis24 View Post

Ha, I have a lemon sucker here as well...

Easiest way to keep her mellow in a restaurant is give her the lemon from our waters and she will happily sit there EATING the rind and everything until food comes.



My DD used to do this too.  She's grown out of it now though.  My parents say I did the same as a baby.  We both LOVE tart fresh squeezed lemonade though.

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