A few of you have gotten some interest into Baby Led Weaning based on some of my previous posts. It’s a fun and exciting way to introduce food to your baby, but unlike a measured bottle, it can be tough to tell how much food baby wants or needs. I’m not bragging that our daughter is the perfect picture of health, but her weight has always been perfectly balanced whenever we take her to the doctor with no worries of her ever being under or over weight. Of course, I’m no expert in baby nutrition, but the following meals are what have worked for us. That being said, I thought I’d share with you a couple snapshots of how much our baby eats in a day.
-1 egg and 1 piece of sausage
-1 banana and 1/3 cup of milk and cereal*
-1 pouch of puree and 1/4 c. of dry cereal
*we try to buy organic brands of cereal, but some times she’ll end up with cheerios or corn flakes
-1 small piece of fruit [lately its been plums]
-1/3 c. of grapes or berries
-1/3 c. apple sauce
-1/3 c. of chopped, grilled chicken breasts with 4 cherry tomatoes
-1 turkey hot dog with 3 generous cucumber slices
– Half of a small sandwich [lunch meat + cheese, no condiments] with some kind of vegetable
Afternoon snack options:
-plain string cheese
-1/3 c. cheesy crackers or veggie crackers
-Horizon fruit snack pouch
-1/4 c. organic yogurt
Honestly, we feed our baby whatever we’re having for dinner. This has motivated me to make more balanced meals, and I think it has helped her to have a more acquired taste of a variety of foods, and to be less picky. If for some reason we’re having something really spicy, or we cave and get some thing not so healthy, I’ll give her one of the lunch options. However, her meals are pretty much always made up of a protein and a fruit/vegetable.
I feed her 4 oz. bottles of organic whole milk, 4 times a day: when she first wakes up, for her morning nap, for her afternoon nap, and right before bed. We just weaned her from the breast, but she still falls asleep easier if she can have a bottle before she lies down. Eventually, she’ll have to learn that nothing else is to be consumed after she brushes her teeth, but for now, it’s worth the risk for me to get her to relax and fall asleep quicker.
I hope this gives you a better idea of baby portions! Though they are tiny little humans, they’re also growing and need lots of energy and nourishment! Good luck mamas!