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Meet Maya, Our Cover Girl

Maya is being fed with a Squirt spoon made by Boon Inc., and available at Buy Buy Baby, Target stores and Amazon.com ($6.99). It dispenses three ounces of pureed baby food through the spoon end.
Maya is being fed with a Squirt spoon made by Boon Inc., and available at Buy Buy Baby, Target stores and Amazon.com ($6.99). It dispenses three ounces of pureed baby food through the spoon end. (Mark Finkenstaedt - For The Washington Post)
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This marks Maya Walker's debut as a cover girl.

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I met her and her mom, Adrienne, at the baby food class held at Art and Soul restaurant in March. The 8 1/2-month-old charmed her seat mates on either side and managed to sit through more than an hour's worth of instruction; this was an indication that she could withstand the rigors of a photo session. (She handled that like a pro, too.)

According to Adrienne, 32, and dad Michael, 37, Maya is enjoying more and more solid foods these days. She was breast-fed until she was about 5 months old. Maya likes chickpeas, red beans and pieces of veggie burgers and other healthful foods she sees slightly older kids eating at day care in College Park.

"I don't think I'm going to buy jarred baby food again," Adrienne says. "The first person that got me to offer Maya more regular food was Michael's mom," she says. "At Thanksgiving she had a little stuffing, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. She really liked them."

Discussion at the baby food class prompted Adrienne further: Cut-up bits of mushrooms became a favorite snack for Maya, although she still loves her mom's purees of frozen blueberries, cherries, strawberries and peaches (sometimes mixed with rice cereal).

-- Bonnie S. Benwick


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