Tricking baby into eating

Elijah is a pretty particular eater. We’ve struggled to get anything in his mouth from the second day we started to try. I say second day, because on the first day he gobbled what we gave him right up. It’s as if, after a good nights sleep, he realized eating was for fools.

In the last month he has warmed up to peas and sweet potato. He also loves bananas. But what he likes most is to feed himself. Of course he doesn’t eat much that way, but at least he’s trying something.

We tried some baby rice crackers, which he loved, but when I looked at the ingredients list, I was less than impressed. As a result I set out on a mission to make my own.

There are lots of recipes out there, so I chose one that was fairly simple. Click here for the link to the original recipe.

1 Cup baby cereal (we used oat+prune since that’s what I had on hand)
1 Cup flour (called for whole wheat, but I didn’t have any so used white)
1 banana
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Start with just 1/4 cup of water and mix all of the ingredients together. Mix until it forms a dough-like ball. Then roll in out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes. Place on a greased or lined cookie sheet and place in an oven, preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, for 15 minutes.

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Judging from those photos, I would say these were a definite win. They transformed a slightly fussy baby into one that was fairly content and well distracted while trying to get his biscuit in his mouth.

These biscuits are a bit of a trick since Elijah will not eat any sort of baby cereal on its own. He can smell it a mile away and immediately locks his jaw shut. I know there are plenty of other sources of iron for baby, but with a fussy eater, the cereal is an easy first food. Now that I’ve baked it into a biscuit, I know Elijah is getting some of it, even if he doesn’t know it.

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