1. Only feed her food you would want to eat
- Because you will end up either throwing away a whole lot of food or eating her leftovers
- Because you will have to eat the food in front of her to convince her it is worth eating/ safe to eat
- Because they want to eat whatever you are eating
Thus, no dried cereal plus liquid. Because it's gross. And costs a lot of money. I am willing to eat my baby's whole grain cereal mush that I make myself -- not my favorite, but fresh and edible. Baby #2 tries to grab food and drink from me all the time, so I am careful what I eat when I am holding her.
Babies are probably hard-wired to want to eat what you are eating. Capitalize on that. If you want your baby to eat something (for example, whole grains), you should start eating it. If you don't want your baby to eat something (for example, Oreos or soda), stop eating it or don't eat it in front of her.
What are your rules for feeding your baby?