Overall, we're still loving the BLW approach to feeding M. I'd say sometime around 9-9.5 months, she has really started to eat more, and play less. However, I still don't have a GREAT eater on my hands. We definitely have our share of meals where she eats a few bites and wants down out of her high chair. I don't want to fool anyone into thinking she's an amazing eater. She has good meals and bad meals! Here's what a normal day looks like for M's eating habits...
8:30AM Wake up and nurse
9:00 AM Breakfast....this is usually a mix of some type of fruit (cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, banana) maybe a scrambled egg with some cheese or some type of grain, typically a whole grain waffle or 2 of Trader Joe's mini silver dollar pancakes
12:00 PM Nurse after she wakes up from her morning nap
1:00ish PM Lunch Time!
2:30 PM Snack (cheerios, yogurt melts, rice cakes, dried fruit, snap pea crisps)
5:00 PM Nurse after she wakes up from her afternoon nap
6:30 PM Dinner Time!
8:30 PM Nurse before bed
For lunch and dinner, if she isn't eating what we're having, she usually has some sort of combination of the following...cherry tomatoes, black beans, tortilla strips, shredded cheese ("Bag cheese"), zucchini, squash, sweet potato (either cut in strips like fries or cut into small bite size pieces with cinnamon), yogurt (I put it on the spoon, she feeds herself), apple and pear slices, peas, cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, banana, cucumber, avocado, noodles with parmesan cheese....my list could go on and on! Somewhere between nine and ten months, we were really able to start sharing pretty much whatever we've been eating with her, and that has made things so easy, especially at dinner time! She loves spaghetti night (which has pretty much become a weekly occurrence now!), and mexican is a favorite too. She has really enjoyed guacamole, shredded meat with seasoning, and corn and black bean salsa. She also has a sippy cup of water at meals and through out the day.
It's been so neat seeing her grow and change since we started solids in April when she first hit the six month mark. Now she's practically a pro and gobbling up all kinds of things! She will usually try just about anything for us. She will often spit foods out, but then picks it back up off her bib and back in her mouth it goes!
I have LOVED that BLW has helped her fine motor skills develop. Plus, it's so nice to be able to enjoy dinner with my family where no one has to "feed" the baby since she does it all on her own. A few questions we have had...
You don't give her spicy foods, do you? Yes we do! The more flavors we can expose her to, the better. Just this past week she had a rice based dish with cayenne and lemon juice, and she loved it. She drank more water than normal, but she gobbled it up!
Does she ever eat pouches of food or purees? Only a few times...when we're on the road and I know we won't be stopping somewhere that has food options for her (ie. McDonald's), I have done purees. And when she's had some "tummy troubles" we've done pureed prunes to help get things....moving :)
Isn't it a mess? YES. A huge mess, but it has gotten better. I seriously don't know if I'd be able to BLW without my two dogs....just saying! Those two make a great clean up team!
What highchair do you have? I get asked this all the time...we have the Ikea Antilop chair. $25 and it's the best! Easy to clean (all plastic), easy to move around and take apart for travel, plus a nice big tray!
What has your baby been eating lately?
Be sure to check out Brittany's link up today for more great munchkin meal ideas!