What’s in YOUR Bento? Baby Edition…

title“I always wondered why babies spend so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food.”  ~Robert Orben, American humorist, 1927

All of you who read my blog on a regular basis will know that I don’t like to leave the babies out of activities just because they’re small. I believe babies should be included whenever they can, fostering a positive sense of self and creating excellent social skills at a young age.

It is no different when it comes to bento lunches.

Here is one of our baby bento lunches up close…toplayerbottomlayer*All the tiny cut-outs were made using cutters similar to these from allthingsforsale.com. I have not been able to find the exact set online for you yet. I purchased mine in Japan. *Silicon cups were purchased in the baking aisle of our Superstore grocery market.

Right about now you might be asking yourself why I would go through all the trouble to pack a bento box lunch for a child who can not yet walk, talk, or go to school. Well, I’ll tell you…

1. Bento lunches are perfect for mastering the pincer grasp. Babies have to get their little fingers into the cups and pinch their food in order to get it out. Yes, some babies will pick up the cup and dump it out, but they still will practice their pincer grasp by picking the food up off the chair’s tray.pincergrasp

2.  Bento lunches are perfect for presenting new and foreign foods to your baby. Using little portions gives way to plenty of space to fill the bento up with a variety of foods.diggingin

3.  Bento lunches are cute. They are more attractive than a pile of food on a plate, which gets baby’s attention. Enough said.

Here are a few guidelines to remember when building your baby a bento lunch…guidlinesHappy Bento-ing!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Arlee, Small Potatoes

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