Toddler Foodies: Do You Know One?

Toddler Foodies: Do You Know One?

Stephanie Barlow
Aug 5, 2011

When I was young I was a decidedly picky eater. Plain, buttered noodles were a staple in my diet as were other "plain" foods devoid of any sauce or condiment. Sometimes restaurants obliged my love of bland food and sometimes I had to make do with a peanut butter sandwich when we got home. These days, as The Wall Street Journal reports, some restaurants are catering to their baby customers (and parents), with menus featuring items like "babe-a-ccino" (a coffee-free cappuccino) and banana and dulce de leche purée.

It's the kids' menu kicked up a notch: quality restaurant food designed for babies. Parents who frequent the restaurants like the idea because they can eat and feed their baby without having to run home. But isn't tenderloin beef puree with zucchini taking it a little far? Some restaurants are taking a different route by simply offering baby food, sometimes free of charge. This can result in parents sticking around for a longer meal, and larger bill.

Do you think babies should have their own menu at high quality restaurants or stick to basic puréed food at home?

Read more: Baby's First Words, 'What's the Purée of the Day?' at The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Related: Making Your Own Baby Food: Teja Keeps it Healthy & Fun

(Image: Erin Kunkel/The Wall Street Journal)

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