Have you ever tried one of the products from the baby food aisle? Those ubiquitous sweet potato puffs, or "flavored air," as we like to call it in our house? Nearly all of them are completely devoid of flavor, just sweet enough to be palatable to little ones who apparently can only taste sugar, and scientifically designed to make everything in a two mile radius sticky. Us moms still spend a fair share of our time in that aisle, though, despite the lies the baby food aisle is telling us about feeding our kids.
Honestly, I tried to avoid the baby food aisle as much as possible, opting to go through baby-led weaning instead. However, having a foster child with a WIC card (and a daughter just 10 weeks older with some serious food FOMO) meant I spent more time perusing and purchasing from the baby food aisle than I ever intended. Once you're in that dreaded aisle, it's really quite captivating. You begin to believe whatever the marketing companies want you to believe, and start to buy into the idea that your child should (and would) only eat puffs and dried yogurt bites until they're 5 years old.
I'll forever be grateful for the snacks that got my family through flights and road trips with babies, but I had to remind myself on a pretty frequent basis that most of what you learn in the baby food aisle should be taken with a grain of salt. Literally, sometimes, because that stuff is bland AF!