I am always asking other moms with babies around the same age as Oliver what they feed their kids. I know he's a baby and would probably be happy to eat puffs all day long, but they aren't nutritious and I want him to try lots of different types and textures of food. You know before he becomes a toddler and only wants to eat pb&j and chicken nuggets! With each meal I always give him some sort of finger food and a puree. He's really good about feeding himself but some food does end up the floor or in the dog's mouth. I feel like giving him the puree as well ensures he's getting a full meal. I thought I would share what I feed him and please share with me what you feed your baby! I'm always looking for ideas! (Along with "real food" he also gets 24 oz of formula a day.)
My favorite meal of the day! I always really enjoy getting his breakfast together. On Sunday I'll making a big batch of oatmeal for him with a blended banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon, I use McCann's Irish Oatmeal. One adult serving usually yields 3 days of breakfast. Oatmeal is way too messy to let him feed himself. Because it is so slimey, barely any ends up in his mouth so I just feed it with a spoon. He also eats vanilla yogurt (love this brand!) and apple sauce. As for finger foods he likes scrambled eggs, raspberries, blackberries, toast with butter, and silver dollar pancakes from Trader Joes, which are SO good!
For lunch and dinner I like him to have a protein and a vegetable. Plum organics meatballs are a favorite, I find them in the frozen kids section at Target. I made some homemade baby meatballs recently that turned out great, recipe here. After I made them I froze them in Ziploc bags so I could heat them up in the microwave.
The Plum meatballs aren't cheap so making them myself saved money and made a lot. Other finger foods: cooked pasta with butter, steamed carrots, and avocado. I still try to make his purees as much as I can. My go-tos are: lentils, peas, carrots, green beans, butternut squash, sweet potato, and broccoli.
I could definitely use some help in the snack department! He usually just gets a cheese stick and a sippy cup with 4 oz of formula. When my mom watches him she'll feed him watermelon and he loves it!
Dinner is the time of day I'm exhausted and rushing home from work so something easy is key. Thank goodness for pouches! I buy him the Stage 3 Pouches from either Plum organics, Happy Baby, and Earth's Best Organics. The Stage 3 pouches are great because they have protein, vegetables, and fruit in them. Since those pretty much cover his full meal, I'll heat up some Dr. Praeger's Broccoli or Spinach Littles for him to nibble on.
If we're eating out I always order him something to eat rather than bring my own. It's one less thing for me to have to pack in the diaper bag and it's a great way to let him try different types of food. For breakfast I order him scrambled eggs, grits, or oatmeal. Lunch and dinner I order avocado, shredded chicken or pork, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, steamed green beans or carrots. But honesty if I can't find anything for him to eat off of the menu, avocado is always a winner!
Your turn, what do you feed your baby?