Eat your veggies, too

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a little kid classic. It was one of those books family members asked me if I had yet to get Max’s bookshelves started.

“Do you have Brown Bear yet? Do you have Are You My Mother? Do you have The Very Hungry Caterpillar?”

I read in babytalk magazine- although of course now I can’t find the article to link to – that you can avoid having a picky eater by introducing different foods to your baby in other ways than feeding them to him or her:

  • You can show Baby a plum and let him touch it.
  • You can show Baby a toy carrot and explain what it tastes like.
  • You can even read about different foods to get Baby used to the names and pictures as you read them.

Some great foods the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats are an apple, a pear, a plum, a strawberry, an orange, a pickle, cheese, a salami, sausage, and a watermelon. They all help him grow. Hmm…doesn’t seem like the caterpillar liked vegetables either!

Some other foods he eats are chocolate cake, ice cream, a lollipop, cherry pie, and a cupcake. These foods also make him grow; however, they also give him a bellyache! If Max is anything like his Mommy, he’s going to crave these foods more; hopefully Mommy will learn to eat better as she’s planning healthy meals for the Maxman.

Carle’s book will also introduce your baby to the nutritional elements of leaves, if you’re into that kind of thing. I suppose it could count as a veggie!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar deserves 5 snacks:

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