One Future Parent's Experience From Eating Baby Food

LOS ANGELES , August 28, 2018 () – I ate baby food for the first time last week.

OK, let me clarify: It wasn’t the first time I ate baby food. I’m sure my mom didn’t transfer me from formula straight to hot dogs and watermelon. But last week, my co-workers threw a surprise baby shower for me (my wife and I are expecting our first child next month), and after eating all the delicious food prepared and brought in, I was told to sit down to play a game.

The game was called: “Guess The Baby Food Ingredients.”

It was a simple concept: I sit there while my co-workers spoon-feed me from various jars of baby food, and then I guess what ingredients I’m eating. I was midway through this game when I realized:

Some of this baby food is disgusting!

For many parents reading this, I’m sure they’ve found themselves in a scenario where they’re trying to feed their kid something he or she clearly doesn’t want. I can picture the scene in my head: The parent puts some baby food on a spoon, makes some airplane noises in an attempt to get the baby to open up and swallow, but the kid won’t budge. The parent tries to force the issue, the baby cries and a huge mess ensues.

Before eating baby food last week, I sympathized completely with the parents of this scenario. I mean, all they’re trying to do is give their kid some nutritious food that I’m sure doesn’t taste that bad. But after trying the food, I realized maybe the food is that bad. My co-worker Joseph gave me one spoonful of this horrific peas/spinach/zucchini combination, and I told him that if he tried to give me one more morsel, I was going to hurl all over him.

So months from now, when my son is having something other than breast milk or formula for the first time, I’m going to try to remember my own experience of baby food. And if my kid doesn’t like it, I’m not going to force it down his throat. I’m going to try to find him a combination he likes.

Or maybe I’ll just feed him hot dogs and watermelon. That dynamic duo is always a winner.

Nevin Barich is the Food and Beverage Analyst for Industry Intelligence, which can help YOU better address your own industry challenges. We invite you to come take a look at our service. Call us today at 310-553-0008 and we’ll schedule you for a 15-minute demo.

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