Feeding Milestones on Baby’s First Thanksgiving

Jed has been showing less and less interest in his baby food lately. It seems he is more interested in trying to get to what is on our plates during dinner than his own. I took this as an opportunity to see how interested he really was and see if he was ready to advance from the basic puree. How different would Jed be from his sister, Baby, at this same age of eleven months? Baby had no interest in any food with texture well into the toddler years. Would Jed be the same? He only has two bottom teeth barely peeking out of his gums, so I was a little worried – would he be able to chew?


I started off easy with some fresh sweet potato one evening for dinner. Jed scarfed it down like there was no tomorrow. Since the sweet potato, we have tried everything from pancakes to pasta. Jed has eaten it all and enjoyed every bite. Texture does not seem to be an issue with baby number two for sure. I was curious to know what other moms were doing for their babies who wanted to eat real food, but there are so many recipes out there for making baby food I was quickly overwhelmed. Then I thought about it a little more. I have recipes I already use for our meals. Why not just further prepare the food for Jed in my mini Cusiniart? It sounded like a great idea to me, and of course so much easier than preparing extra foods at meal time.

Fast forward to last Thursday, Jed’s first Thanksgiving! Jed was so ready for his meal he almost jumped out of the high chair. He had a taste of everything all chopped especially for him in my mini processor. He loved it, and even had some homemade pumpkin pie. It was so fun celebrating the holiday surrounded by family, but also exciting to see Jed further expanding his palate. Seems I am bringing up quite the little gourmet.

When did you start feeding your little ones regular table food? Did you use separate recipes?

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5 Responses to “Feeding Milestones on Baby’s First Thanksgiving”

  1. Nikki December 1, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Oh, I made our own baby food until Cubby was about 8 or 9 months. Then we went on vacation and started giving him more table food after he got his first two teeth (bottom ones) in. Now (he’s 13 months), we give him a little bit of whatever we’re eating to try. For the most part, we have yet to find a food he doesn’t like! Occasionally, we’ll still feed him pureed baby food because frankly, it’s quick and easy and when you’re traveling, the last thing you want to give your 13 month old is greasy fast food. Yuck!

  2. Lindsay Lebresco December 2, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    Oh my gosh- I’m so jealous! Both of my kids sounded a little more like Baby than Jed and they’re still fairly picky (though my daughter at least doesn’t gag at the site of vegetables on her plate). I remember that stage with some fond memories like watching their faces as they try something new and then some of the not-so-fond memories like wrestling a spoon full of peas away from a baby just to see it hit the walls. I’m really, really hoping Jed will stay that way for you- what a delight he’ll be to have around the family table! (Happy Belated Thanksgiving Karen!)

  3. Jenny from Mommin' It Up December 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    Ok, this has nothing to do with baby food but your Jed has the SWEETEST smile!

  4. Karen! What a great post – and I love that Jed is experiencing so many exciting feeding milestones! And all while using the Graco Harmony Highchair. He looks so happy to be eating and being a part of family traditions.

  5. Darla @ Lemon Trees December 17, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    Neat! I’m pregnant with my second child and can’t wait for the due date, even though I know a few things there’s plenty I don’t. Thanks for the information, you don’t know how much I appreciate it.Thanks!Darla