Recipe Post: Transitioning from Purees to Solids
This week's recipe post focuses on a specific tool that can be used to help a baby as they transition from pureed baby foods to more complex textures and solids: The Teething Feeder Bag
I used this tool with my first daughter, who I must admit, never really liked it. She is three years old now and remains a picky eater who is still resistant to various textures. I have worked very hard over the last few years to help her expand her food palette and to encourage her to try new foods and flavors. However, when she was just a baby in those early stages of feeding, she was tougher to coax and was usually opposed to using a teething bag.
I recently introduced the teething feeder bags to my second daughter who is now 6 ½ months old. She was hesitant at first but once she tasted the contents, her eyes lit up and her chubby little hands immediately brought the bag to her mouth. She proceeded to sit for over 10 minutes nibbling and slurping the fruity insides. It was really wonderful to see her so independent with feeding and seem to actually enjoy her meal! As a read the consumer reviews, it seems as though most babies either love them or not, but if they do, it really is a great gadget for introducing solid foods.
There are several brands of teething feeder bags on the market. Sassy makes one of the most popular ones and offers colors for both boys and girls, as well as replacement bags. Munchkin, Kidsme, Baby Safe and Nuby are all other brands that offer their version of the feeder bags. Prices and information can be viewed on the Amazon website.
There are many benefits to using a feeder bag. Here is an outlined look at the features according to the Sassy Manufacturer:
- The water-filled section can be chilled to keep foods cool and lasting longer
- The snap-on cover keeps food clean and ready to eat and is handy for travel
- Serve baby first whole foods, without risk of choking
- Holds, fruits, veggies, meats, and breads, so baby can eat what you eat.
- Makes an instant, satisfying teether: just fill with ice or frozen fruit.
- Top-rack dishwasher safe, or wash in warm, soapy water Not recommended for use in microwaves
Some of the suggested foods that I have found work well inside a feeder bag:
Frozen fruits (Mangos work well!)
Cantaloupe, Watermelon or any type of melon
Ice cubes, flavored ice cubes
Have you used teething feeder bags with your own children or with children you work with
in feeding therapy? Please share your stories and insight!