Picture with me, you finally get bottle-feeding down, and then you get told… it’s time to start solids. If you’re anything like me, you’re confident you can do this! Well, that’s how I started. I followed all the Instagram accounts, made my shopping list, downloaded tracking apps, and thought.. “I’ve got this!” Let me be completely honest… I did not have it! While I did start the process, I quickly became overwhelmed and finally decided I would scale waaaaay back. After giving my daughter avocado and banana for what seemed like forever, I saw an ad for Tiny Organics meals. I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. I placed my first order and counted down the days to receive my first package. My experience with Tiny Organics was top notch and that’s why we are here!
Disclaimer: I’m so grateful to Tiny Organics for sponsoring this post because they see value in my opinion. All thoughts are my own and my honest review of the quality of the products and my experience.
WHY FINGER FOODS?
Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is something I had never heard of until I became a parent. When I thought of giving my daughter her first foods, I immediately thought of purees. Gerber, Earth’s Best.. you know, jars of food that sat on a shelf for months and Pouches that made the process easy and clean. Maybe I’d even try making my own pureed foods. I even got given a baby bullet. (Which I actually only used like 4 times, Sorry Aunt Janet!)
Note: Baby Led Weaning can begin at 6 months if your babe is showing signs of readiness. (More BLW resources are sourced below)
Things are so different than when we were little! So when I saw babies on Instagram eating real, whole foods I was interested. We did start with purees and slowly started giving soft foods like bananas and avocados. Once we were comfortable with our girls ability we took the leap.. Enter Tiny Organics!
Note to parents: Here is your reminder that it’s ok to take things at your own pace. Don’t allow social media to pressure you into moving too quickly. Although I desired to do BLW, I still started with purees until I felt comfortable. And that’s ok! As long as you are progressing over time, you are doing it right!
WHY TINY ORGANICS?
Tiny Organics brings simplicity to feeding your little. Not only is it easy but the ingredients are great. They offer a variety of meals that are full of nutrients and make great flavor pairings. They keep in mind baby’s needs and omit ingredients like sugar and sodium. It’s also extremely important when introducing solids, that you have the correct texture and sizing to protect children from choking. Tiny Organics takes care of this process for you and gives you confidence in serving.
Tiny Organics meals come frozen and are the perfect texture when warmed up. See How To Serve below!
HOW TO SERVE TINY ORGANICS
There are three different ways to prepare these special little meals. Steaming, Stovetop, and Microwave. I felt that each yielded the same results. It truly depends on the amount of time you have at hand. Let’s be honest, most of the time it’s “I want food right now” moments so microwaving has become my go-to. But if you’re a planner and would prefer to cook by steaming or stovetop, do your thing! Below are videos of how I prepare in each method.
It is important to set your expectations while introducing Solids. I know it’s easy to compare your little one to babies you see eating on all the feeding pages you follow. Some children take to solids easily and are eager to have a mouth full and others take to bites and that it for the meal. Trust me, it will get better! It’s our job as parents to provide healthy meals, it’s our children’s job to eat them. I know it can be discouraging when you work hard to prepare a meal and they just touch it and move on but let me encourage you that it’s all a part of the process.
Even when I started giving Brooklyn Tiny Organics meals, it took her time to explore and choose to eat more. I almost wanted to give up but I decided to find a way that worked for me. So I made sure to plan and portion meals appropriately until I was confident she would eat more.
One reason many people choose not to do the BLW method of starting solids is because they feel like they waste food. It’s an obvious observation that your new to food little one will more than likely not eat everything you give them the first time. The more they are exposed to certain foods, the more they will be open to trying. It’s been said that it can take up to 15 times of exposure before a child decides they want to eat something. So keep consistent and trust the process. That being said, you may be wondering if purchasing these meals will be a waste of money. Here are my thoughts on that.
My honest opinion is that meals like Tiny Organics are a great way to introduce different flavors and textures without you having to do the hard work. In order to reduce waste in the process, I would split one meal into two or three portions until I knew she wanted more. This would stretch each meal for more exposures and make sure there wasn’t too much that would have to be thrown away at a time. After a few months of splitting meals, I now know that if I make the whole serving, she will gladly gobble it up.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON TINY ORGANICS
We have been been a Tiny Organics home for 7 months now and it’s been a huge help in our process of introducing solids. As a mother, I want our girl to be a healthy and happy eater. I grew up a picky eater and only now do I feel more adventurous with foods so I want to do everything in my power to not pass that trait on to our little one. I will continue incorporating Tiny Organics meals as sides now that we have graduated to family meals.
If you’re interested in trying out Tiny Organics feel free to use our code BROOKLYNLOVESTINY25 for savings on your first order!
Last reminder: YOU’VE GOT THIS!