For the most part, we lucked out in the "getting your kid to eat" department. While we didn't try baby-led weaning, we have been pretty strict about the types of foods he eats (mostly whole, real foods -- not a lot of processed, but the occasional bread, organic cheddar bunny or graham cracker bunny). It's also great that he's at the point where we only have to make one meal (most nights) for the family, vs. ours and something for him.
When he's not teething or in a growth spurt, KID CAN EAT! So, providing him with high-quality, "real" food makes me ecstatic. And, what's our number one tool to help with toddler meals?
Not a cookbook.
Not a blender.
Not a routine. Not a book about eating.
Not even a recipe website or blog.
Nope -- it's these. My gray-handled, cheap-o (yet very task specific!) scissors. They're not kitchen shears (those actually gum up a lot more than these), but they work impeccably and help to turn our feast into *poof* a fast, ready-to-eat baby-with-5+ teeth meal.
Got an orange? Use me to start peeling the rind, then once it's peeled, cut up my sections. Way easier to find a possible seed this way, too.
Got some meat which *may or may not* be tough? Eh, child's play. Snip, snap, and it's small and tender enough for a youngin'.
Want to make it easier on the sitter so the food's relatively prepped (poor thing chases toddlers all day, the least you can do is cut stuff up pre-mealtime)? Boom. Perfectly-sized leftovers made into next-day baby lunch.
Do you have a "secret weapon" that you can't live without? I tell ya, every time these "disappeared" during gift-wrapping season, I did the "fetch-n-mumble." I could feel myself turning into my mother.
Thanks, Super Scissors!!!