When it comes to food, Nicolas is no joking. He is a French after all and above all.
So naturally, he has strong opinion on what Nina eats, where, how and when.
As we were finally ready to introduce solids to Nina after five months or so, Nicolas reflected on what would be Nina’s first non-milk food in her life. In fact, it took him three days to decide.
It wouldn’t be rice cereal (as suggested by the most experts in Australia) because it’s so banal, and ‘no one in France feeds their babies with rice cereal’. It has to be a legume. It has to taste good. It shouldn’t be sweet though. It has to look attractive. It has to be home cooked and pureed. Oh it has to be organic (we had a long heated discussion on this topic, and the concensus is that when I shop I won’t make any special trips to organic shops, and he can do whatever that pleases him and I won’t look at the bill).
Finally he decided on carrots.
That’s what I suggested at the first place.
Nina did seem to like it. She ate more than a half teaspoon, as I was expecting after what’s written on many brochures I was given.
We went to a talk at a local early childhood center (a wonderful Australian government organization to provide support for parents on anything and everything about baby), which suggests that the solids shall be given about one hour after the milk – when the baby is not too full (otherwise she won’t have room for anything else) but not too hungry either (otherwise she might be too frustrated to try anything new). But Nicolas believes that food, even given to a baby, shall be served at meal time.
‘It’s not only about food itself. It’s about the whole experience’. Nicolas is certainly a French (oh have I mentioned this already?). He prefers that Nina has her food while we are ready to have our meals, so that she feels part of the whole family activity.
We bought a highchair, so that Nina can sit at the dining table with us, as what a highchair is designed for. What I didn’t realize is that Nina is not supposed to go into the highchair at any other time except meal time. Nina should associate the highchair with meal time only, according to Nicolas.
Alas, my dream of chaining Nina to the highchair while I run a few house chores is a dream never to come true.