Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I've worked at a daycare for the past 5 years now so I've picked up on a few things here and there. After reading about babies and their innate food preferences, I thought about the room I was last working in with the two year olds. Although the readings talked about infants, I thought that it could pertain to any age. In the reading it said that babies facial expressions signal to what they like and don't like as well as if something is sweet, salty, or sour. When I was in the 2 year old room, we got a new child who had just moved up from the previous room so she was still getting familiar with solid foods. When it was time for lunch, the first day we served spaghetti and meatballs. As I was helping her eat, her facial expressions said it all; she hated it. I think it was a texture thing for her with the sauce and warm meatball. She liked the pasta but when she ate a piece of meatball, she pinched up her face and looked away. This happened quite a few times with other foods we served her. One other time that I remember specifically was when we made snow cones for the kids on a hot Friday. She and a few others made the same facial expressions as the snow cones were very cold.