My 8-month old shows little interest in food other than sweet fruit. Tonight we had a rather MSG-laden chicken soup - my DH made it for me because I have a cold, and it was just what I needed. Baby was interested so I gave her bits of chicken and noodle - she LOVED it. Now I've had no interest in food for a week due to the cold, nothing has flavour, but this soup tasted highly flavoured even to me. And she loved it.
All the baby books say not to add sugar or salt to your baby's food because it will give them a taste for processed, highly flavoured food. Well... *I* love highly flavoured (not processed!) food. Sweet, salty, garlicy, Thai, bring it on. So I've always had my doubts about the advice. I mean my favourite beef stew recipe has hoisin sauce and red wine. It's assertive. I don't plan to feed my kid specially prepared bland food forever so why is there some magic age where they get introduced to flavour?
Having read all the threads on picky eating I have realized that I can't control how chowish my kid turns out (thank you hounds for the perspective). And I realize that my supreme irritation with picky eating is one way to make sure she's picky - just to piss me off! I think I just want some reassurance that people fed their babies from their own plates from a young age and they didn't, I dunno, explode from too much flavour?