I remember when the time came for Little One to start eating solid food. Because Little One was a preemie, I worried that her stomach might not be developed enough to handle solid food. I waited longer than many parents do when they introduce first foods to their babies. I waited quite a bit longer.
Little One did express interest in food at an early age though. We couldn’t keep her on breast milk alone for much longer. She ended up self-weaning at 16 months of age, but at 8 months, we started her off with rice cereal. Then she tried oats. Then came barley. Pretty soon, she was eating pureed fruits and veggies (homemade, of course!). There wasn’t anything Little One didn’t like. Until this day, she still has a voracious appetite and she still eats everything and anything! *Knock on wood!*
When it came to Little One’s first finger food, it is no surprise that we chose Cheerios. Little One and I were visiting my friends and family in Montreal, when my friend asked if Little One could have some Cheerios. Her daughter was the same age and was already eating Cheerios. I was a bit nervous, as Little One had never had any finger food before.
“They get wet and dissolve in their mouths. Don’t worry”, said my friend.
Little One ended up loving Cheerios, and has been addicted ever since! I have to admit, that moment was kind of like a milestone for me! I always seem to feel a little bit of sadness when Little One reaches a new milestone. I know I should be celebrating, but it makes her being no longer a baby very apparent. Poof! And, now she’s 2 years old!
I did go home and scour online community boards for what most moms chose as Baby’s first finger food! Yes, I’m weird like that! Again, it is no surprise that there was an overwhelming number of moms and dads who chose Cheerios! It’s interesting to note that results of a 2008 independent survey of Canadian pediatricians showed that “4 out of 5 pediatricians recommend Cheerios for their infant or toddler patients”. It is also no surprise that Cheerios has been a trusted cereal by Moms for over 50 years!
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