It's so hard to be a little baby and want to stick everything in your mouth yet your "obnoxious" parents keep removing it before you have even had a proper taste! The injustice! I love food and flavor- actually who doesn't- so I do feel a bit bad that all he eats is the same liquid diet and a few plastic/wood toys- boo! Actually Parker did start solids this past month and has had a fair number of fruits and veggies without reactions (thankfully) so I felt semi-safe to try this activity with him!
We started with a plastic bag filled with "jello" and orange slices but quickly moved on to make a mess as he was only mildly entertained or curious with the plastic bag. Because I only felt "semi-safe" with using "jello" because of the limited amount of food exposure, I went with a sugar, dye, and gelatin free version I found at our local organic store called Simple Delish. It is not quite the same texture as jello but was definitely a similar experience. As you can imagine, we had orange "jello" everywhere- all over the highchair, baby, mommy, floor and walls but it was fun! He actually was not that interested in eating the jello (which was fine by me!) but rather painting with it and attempting to pick up the small and slippery orange slices. I did help him eat or drink some of the juice from the oranges which he thinks is really funny! Think about the texture and surprise sweetness when you bite into a juicy piece of fruit.... now think about doing this for the very first time!
Holly Flanders- I am an educational professional with a career that has been focused on infants - 3year old curriculum development as well as the quality vetting and training of childcare professionals. I am a new mommy on a mission to 'practice what I have preached' with my baby boy while helping new mammas and childcare professionals come up with easy and fun activities to help the babies they love learn and grow!