26 August, 2016

oliver's meals

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.)




Breakfast

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!


Lunch

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.


Snack

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

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. 



Eating Out

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?

13 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing! We are getting close to the 4 month mark with my little one and I've been feeling super overwhelmed with what the heck I'm going to feed him! I can barely feed my husband and me without almost having a breakdown, lol!

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  2. Honestly I feed Molly Anne pretty much what we eat unless it's spicy or a salad. If we have tacos then she gets the meat, avocado, cheese and a fruit. Snack ideas I get from Ms. Becky - couple saltines or ritz crackers because these crumble easily, rice cake, peanut butter crackers, half or quarter of a peanut butter sandwich, mozzarella string cheese, goldfish, cheerios with a little fruit. Maybe these give you some ideas?

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  3. We deconstruct all of our meals for Leo which in turn keeps us healthier, and gives him a vast variety of food. Snacks for us lately have been a hard boiled egg, avocado, cheese stick, Cheerios and fruit, or yogurt.

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  4. We just started at a daycare that we have to pack two snack and a lunch! My mind has been blown. Figuring out dinner has been hard enough! Our 14 mo loves shredded deli meat, beans (white, black, garbanzo..I normally roast or heat with different herbs) He also eats up couscous or any kind of pasta salad. I made a batch with peas, corn and roasted red peppers with lemon and he's eating that up. It's so hard!

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    1. I like the pasta salad idea! Honestly I'm kind of dreading Oliver turning one and having to come up with more ideas for food! Knowing he's still getting formula makes me feel like it's ok if I'm slacking on his meals one day!

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  5. Love this post! My little guy just turned one, and honestly, he still struggles with gagging/spitting out finger foods. It's all pouches almost all the time over here. =( But, we're improving. For snack you could do the diced fruit cups (no sugar added), bagels and hummus, diced turkey or chicken breast, peas...

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    1. These are all great ideas! Thank you! Hope your little one gets more comfortable wth finger foods! Luckily Oliver hasnt choked before, knock on wood!, but it doesn't mean I don't get nervous every time he puts a piece of food in his mouth!

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  6. Also... I saw a comment above and just adding for my conscience sake. I had tried rice cakes with my little one and he loved them. But, then I got paranoid about arsenic as that was a reason we stayed away from rice cereal earlier with him. Do your research and what you feel comfortable with on that front.

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    1. This is kind of why I've been staying away from rice cakes. Well I try to avoid processed foods for him as much as I can but the whole arsenic issue really makes me want to avoid anything made with rice!

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  7. We did the baby led weaning from 5 months. She is 1 now and eats everything we eat, unless it's spicy or we're being bad and having fast food. My go to for lunch is the frozen chicken strips or turkey ham cubed. I give her frozen veggies with every meal too. We get a lot more variety, there's more nutrients in them and they don't go bad bc we only use a few at a time.

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    1. thank goodness for frozen veggies! They make life with a baby so much easier! No chopping!

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  8. I feel the same way about coming up with foods! My daughter dislikes most things and has become so picky! I'm definitely saving that meatball recipe! Some things we do that are easy for meals or snacks are frozen blueberries (I freeze them myself by putting them on a cookie sheet then putting them in a ziploc so they don't freeze together or make as big of a mess), organic animal crackers, hard boiled eggs, rice cakes (sometimes with peanut butter), organic Mac n cheese. That's all I can think of right now!

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  9. We struggle to find things Libby will eat well! I give her 3 meals a day and always offer a pouch because let's be honest our dog eats more of it than she does lol! Libby loves Mac and cheese and green beans. I buy the canned organic kind without salt. She's starting to come around to avacado but at first was not a fan. For some reason bananas and cantaloupe she is having a hard time with. When I put it in the mesh feeder she liked it but giving them to her cut up is a different story. Blueberries also, she will spit them right out but loves them in a pouch. Hoping the more we offer her the better she will get with different textures.

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