do you taste everything your baby eats

(21 Posts)
Andcake Tue 27-Aug-13 15:53:52

ok not sure if to post here but DP and a friends had a bit of a heated discussion at a picnic over weekend and its bothering me a bit and want some views.

Anyway I do BLW, friend puree – dp a bit on the fence but really it was my choice. We occasionally give ds those organixs oaty bars and crisp like things. Any way DP ate a bit of one and I was a bit yuk and he basically said I was bad for feeding DS food i hadn’t tried!!!!

Friend who does puree’s then admitted she had only tried a tiny bit of some of the fruit ones she’d bought. Her DH then piped up that she should be trying ALL the ella’s style things she bought...basically men on moral high horse...so basically do you taste everything your baby eats...must admit puree makes my stomach churn

MortifiedAdams Tue 27-Aug-13 15:55:49

I taste everything dd eats because she eats what I eat.

If I puree fed, I wouldnt taste, for the same reason as you - mush is vom. However I would retort to her husband that she doesnt need ta taste the purees that she makes as surely she knows what stuff tastes like.

youbethemummylion Tue 27-Aug-13 15:58:59

Nope never did mainly because anything like custard, macarroni cheese, yoghurt etc make me want to throw up on sight never mind taste and those baby crisps/biscuits etc are disgusting. Both kids had them and are still here to tell the tale so dont think it matters though.

TheDetective Tue 27-Aug-13 16:00:49

No, I would only taste the things I personally make, and like.

I have made him foods I don't like, so I wouldn't try them. Why would I?!

I've tried the organix crisp type things though. And I like them grin.

Why would you need to taste a bought pouch though? It isn't going to alter anything, is it?! DS didn't like one once, and DP tasted it and said it was horrible too. I wouldn't have tried it because I don't eat pork.

Either the baby likes it or they don't. No need to taste anyone elses food surely?! How long do these men think they should keep that farce up then?!

Andcake Wed 28-Aug-13 13:43:53

thanks making me feel more normal ;-)

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 28-Aug-13 13:53:42

So do the men want tho take over the cooking and feeding? Thought not...

Purées for my dc1 and I hardly ever tasted, dc2 just ate what we were having.

Yes unless it was made with formula. The puréed food I always tried because I didn't feel that it was right to serve them a meal that I wouldn't eat. But I made the purees myself so it wasnt something that grossed me out.

MrsLettuce Wed 28-Aug-13 14:05:24

We BLWed too, mainly because I'd tried many of the mush jars a friend used to feed her lad and they were revolting.

I'd say, no need to taste stuff at all. But, if even the idea of tasting makes one squirm, how come it's OK to be given to DC? Picky-eater parents excepted.

UriGeller Wed 28-Aug-13 14:07:14

I am saying yes....although I've not tasted breastmilk.

The 7 month old eats the same food that we do, albeit in smaller, mushier handfuls...so yes. I do taste everything she eats. Not breastmilk obvs.

Never bought 'babyfood' so I wouldn't know how it tastes, looks disgusting but there you go.

Phineyj Wed 28-Aug-13 14:10:39

Yes and most of it is quite tasty! I have even bravely tried prunes and rice pudding even though I don't like them. But I would give DH short shrift if he was expecting me to do stuff he's not prepared to do. Which is the real point, isn't it?

summermakesmesneeze Wed 28-Aug-13 22:33:24

I always have a little of what she's eating, if its something I haven't made. I'm just interested in what her tastes are. Aren't you curious about that?

Xmasbaby11 Wed 04-Sep-13 22:58:44

I do taste most things out of curiosity. It put me right off the sachets of purees though! I did make everything normally but tried to use them when we went on holiday. DD was never keen though, I have to say.

What you have to remember is that babies have many more taste buds than us, so we think their rice cakes, etc taste very bland, but they like them as they will be able to identify the flavours. We are used to strong and synthetic flavours in things like cereal bars, so I wouldn't worry about those not tasting good to us. Babies do not have salt and usually good quality baby/toddler prepared food doesn't contain sugar either, so it is very different from prepared adult food.

Overall, it's better to make your own food so that baby gets a taste for real food, but if you buy good quality baby snacks, I honestly wouldn't worry about them tasting odd.

oscarwilde Fri 06-Sep-13 15:39:39

Yes I do to be honest. Everything except stuff with any banana content which is simply disgusting bleuch.

The only time I fed DD1 from a pouch (holiday emergency stand by) she wouldn't touch it and I gagged when I tasted it. Some sort of lamb stew thing and it was grey and vile. I bought one of those Annabel Karmel Shepherds pie things and chucked it when I opened it. It just didn't look like food.

Personally though we made a decision to make our own baby food as history of allergies in family, strong moral high ground opposition from DH to store bought food "full of crap" [but there's a long cancer related backstory there] yada, yada, yada. Our decision to make our own is our choice and personal preference. If you want the convenience of using preprepared I don't see it as any different to using formula instead of Bfing until they are 1yr old. Which I didn't do because I had to go back to work and I couldn't be bothered with all that expressing.

The only time we have rowed about it was the taking of the high ground (over what I can't recall now - probably lack of "fresh unmicrowaved food" as I make the purees/baby food and freeze it) when he has made sod all contribution to the puree making etc etc. To be fair he has weighed in since with some of the batch cooking and is great now that DD1 is older and will eat what we do. Tell your DP to get involved or sod off with his opinions would be my view.

Icklemariposa01 Wed 11-Sep-13 21:47:32

Wow! Yes I have tasted everything that DD has been given. Even when it was mixed with BF!

Why ever not. Gotta taste what my baby is having. Why would you feed them something you would eat yourself!

Chunderella Thu 12-Sep-13 13:25:53

No. DD eats some foods I don't like, such as cheese and carrots. Why would I bother tasting them? I'd just gag! If you only give your child things you'll taste yourself, they're going to be missing out on something unless you're a very unfussy eater.

JRsandCoffee Sat 14-Sep-13 20:37:34

Would not feed her, or anyone else for that matter, anything I wouldn't eat myself so yes, taste everything!

pongping Sat 14-Sep-13 20:41:59

Nope, because I feed him things I want him to like that I can't stomach, but which I believe to be good for him. Stuff like bone marrow, cod liver oil, liver, egg yolk mashed with breast milk, lamb...

yes I know I'm a weirdo

DSJamesHathaway Sat 14-Sep-13 20:56:50

Yes including breastmilk. I wouldn't give her anything I wasn't willing to eat myself.

AidanTheRevengeNinja Sat 14-Sep-13 21:56:45

Usually, more out of curiosity than obligation.

I don't always though. I probably should. It would have stopped me giving DS rump steak and potato mash topped with mango for pudding last week, in a regrettable Tupperware misidentification incident blush

YoniBottsBumgina Sat 14-Sep-13 21:58:34

Not everything, because I made him a lot of things with cheese and I'm allergic to cheese.

But I am nosey so I did taste the baby snacks etc, mostly he ate what I ate though.

BashfulBunny Wed 18-Sep-13 18:55:51

Yes. We're also doing blw, so ds eats the same as us.

I did buy one of those pouches in an emergency and tasted it purely out of curiosity. It was disgusting. No wonder ds refused it. I have also tasted BM that splashed on my hand - it tasted very, very sweet.

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