Do you taste your child's food before serving it?

United States
August 26, 2007 6:39pm CST
A couple years ago, I was preparing my daughters lunch consisting of chicken (from the refrigerator) warmed up and a few other things she might enjoy. And, I thought she might like it, cause it was her favorite meal at the time. But, when I served it, she totally turned it down and refused to eat. And, when I took a bite of the chicken, it had an unusual taste that had not been there when I bought it less than 24 hours before. Perhaps it had picked up an odor from the refrigerator. Or, it hadn't been stored properly. I have never figured it out. Lesson learned! Since then I have made it a habit to taste her food before serving it to her, even if I know that it is fresh, you can never tell! So do you test taste your child's food before serving it to them? What would be your reasons for doing or not doing that?
9 responses
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I used to, but quit. I will start again, after reading your post, because they do eat alot of leftovers. It would be smart to check it first and make sure that it tastes fine.
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@wiccania (3362)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I do. Ever since I gave my son some hot dogs a couple of years ago (his favorite at the time) and he spit it out. I tasted them and realized that they weren't good anymore. They smelled fine, but tasted off. So now I taste everything I give him.
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 07
Hello beautyqueen26, Yes, I always do that. Sometimes when he gets fever, I will taste his medicine first before giving it to him. I just want to know whether it is sweet or bitter and by knowing that, it will make it easier for me to handle him. He is a very active boy. He loves to eat mashed potato and rice porridge. So whenever I cook for him, I will keep it warm first before giving him. I taste it first to make sure that the food is not too hot for him to eat. Every time I change his milk powder, I will taste the milk powder first too. If I do like the taste, I assume that he will love it like I do...Sometimes I do feel I am doing crazy or funny things to him!
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
3 Sep 07
I do not anymore- My daughter is 10. She will tell me if it isn’t right- plus I can smell it to see if it is good or not- Usually we are eating the same thing if we are home for lunch- same thing for dinner- we eat together- I think it’s a good idea to taste food for younger kids though- to tell if it’s good- and to see the warmth of it- so they don’t burn their mouths.
@vinzen (1024)
• India
31 Aug 07
All mothers care for their kids, specially when they are small and young and to ensure that everything is alright with the food, they all tend to taste it, i am sure of that, its a natural instinct i think that comes along with mother hood. I too taste the food, infact ever since my kids were young, till date when they are old enough. Initially it used to always be because i wanted to make sure that the salt, or sugar, was in the correct proportion, it was not too cold or hot, just right so that their tongues dont get burnt, then to check if the food is fresh enough, though i used to make the baby food right that very moment so there is no question for the food to be stale. Because once the children taste the food, and if they dont like it, they would never take it again no matter what we may try, so alwasy taste it before. Now when they are older, i dont taste what they are going to eat specifically, i just generally taste the food thats being cooked for the family . I think we should do that lest or famiy finds the taste not good etc, would effect their eating.It takes very littl time, just to ensure that what you have cooked is good enuogh and tasting alright or not.
@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
30 Aug 07
Now and then I do, only because I test to see if its too hot for him or not warmed up enough. He prefers to do that himself most times and if it doesn't taste as nice as it should, he lets me know, then I take a bite to see whether it does or not.
@rouwel23 (1353)
• Philippines
27 Aug 07
yeah, I taste it before serving so as to know its taste, perhaps my child would not like it and I would flavor it a bit
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I almost always taste the food, or have my son to taste it before giving anything to my son. Last time I didn't, I had a runny nose and didn't want him to get it. I gave him some cottage cheese, and he ate a few bites, but he kept looking at me weird, so I stopped giving it to him. I tried a bite, and it tasted a little weird. It didn't really taste like it had gone bad like it normally does, but it just didn't taste RIGHT. I think it must have picked up an odor from something else in the fridge. So I didn't give him anymore. I gave him something else instead. I hate it when he wants to eat something that I don't like. Because I have a hard time telling if things that I think taste bad, are actually bad or if I just don't like them. I try to make sure to only feed him those when my husband is home to test them. lol
• Malaysia
27 Aug 07
Even though I don't have a kid, I enjoy feeding my niece when I visit her. Every time when preparing anything for her, I would taste but not to ensure the taste is fresh or not. I usually taste it to know whether it is too salty or too sweet. After reading your discussion, I realize that we should always taste before feeding a kid to make sure the taste is still fresh. Thanks for giving this tip.