I have been iffy about what I give Caleb and trying to plan out his meals. I want him to be as healthy as possible, and I want to make sure he gets all the nutrients that he can. I do not want him to know what french fries or a chicken nugget is until he is a lot older, and right now I want to start him off with good eating habits. Here is my experience so far. What has worked, what hasn't, questions I have had etc. Keep in mind that I have a baby who loves to eat and who will turn down nothing. He also has zero teeth, but he is eating like a champ.
(The doctor told me the only food to stay away from until age 1 was peanuts of any type).
Caleb eats 3 meals a day with bottles in between.
Breakfast (6 ounce bottle first). (What we have tried): 8am
- Baby oatmeal mixed with fruit pieces. (Pear, oranges, crushed pineapple, apricots etc). I use canned fruit with natural fruit juices. One can generally lasts 3-4 days. I usually cut three pieces of fruit with his meals.
- Scrammbled eggs: I asked the doctor if we could do eggs and he said it would be fine. However, as of now Caleb is allergic to eggs. He broke out with bumps on his eyes, hands and feet. The doctor said to hold off until the one year point and then try again. We are hoping this is an allergy he will outgrow. (Always have benadryl on hand and ask the doctor the dosage amount that is safe for your baby, just in case there is reaction to food).
- Yogurt and fruit. I just buy yoplait yogurt.
Lunch (2 pm): When eating baby food Caleb would have a veg and meat for lunch.
- Deli meat. Turkey and roast beef are our biggest hits so far. We buy shaved meat, and give him small portions. Also, try to buy no sodium added meat.
- Vegetables: I cook a small amount of veggies every few days and refrigerate them for his meals. Green beans, broccoli, carrots, spinach etc.
- Fruit: canned fruit once more or banana.
- Soup: I purchased some no sodium vegetable soups. We are going to try these this week.
- Cheese pieces
- If I am at home I give Caleb what we are having. I sometimes cook his food differently if what we are having has a lot of spices.
- mashed potatoes
- yogurt melts