If you are a parent of more than one child, you might have noticed that your parenting style relaxes with each child. For those of you that know me well, you know that my parenting style was a little lax to begin with, so you can only imagine what I am like with Gretchen.
With Emma, she didn’t receive a single bite of solid food (that I know of) until she was 5 months old. Then she was allowed to have cereal made with formula. Gradually, over the course of a few weeks, vegetables and fruits were added – one at a time. All the vegetables had to be tried before fruits so that she wouldn’t get hooked on sweet things. After all possible food allergies had been ruled out (at about 9 months or so) she was allowed to get little bites of real food every now and then.
Gretchen was 6 months old (new APA guidelines) when she got solids, but it was only about a week before we were feeding her off our plates.
Now I am at that point that if it will keep her happy and QUIET for a couple of minutes, she gets it….
Yep, she’s got an Oreo. They’re her favorite. I can give her an Oreo and she is quietly concentrating on her business for a good 10-15 minutes. Of course, there are consequences.
I don’t mind the mess…because sometimes she works so hard on that cookie….
…and I get an extra few minutes of peace!