Friday, June 17, 2011

Baby Noms

Rhys has entered the "I DO IT MYSELF!!!" phase of his early toddlerhood and nowhere is that more apparent than when he's in his high chair. I have liked, no LOVED, making Rhys' baby food for him using our Beaba . Things were easy . . . I made a few batches of food each weekend then pulled a few frozen portions out to pack each day for Rhys' breakfast, lunch and snack at daycare.

Now that Mr.IWANTYOURLETTUCE refuses to be spoonfed, packing his lunches for daycare has been a little bit trickier. Once I realized my weekly prep / freeze / defrost plan was shot, I had a bit of a panic. Rhys is a fantastic eater and will try anything, but I still have concerns about his chewing ability (he's got one molar, which emerged less than a week ago) and whether he's really eating enough if he misses his mouth 3/4 of the time.

Here's a typical day's packing:

a) Straw cup of water and 1/2 a homemade blueberry waffle (as a pre-breakfast, to entertain the monkey as he's getting dressed and being driven to daycare) (He also breastfeeds before we get out of bed every morning)

b) 2 cups of breast milk, 1 cup of whole cow's milk

c) Breakfast: Oatmeal mixed with applesauce, plain whole milk yogurt and cinnamon

d) Lunch: Mini pasta bowties with parmesan, butter, a bit of basil, steamed carrots and zucchini and halved kidney beans; a side of cubed mozzerella

e) Snack: A whole banana and 2 wheat crackers

Then dinner is whatever we're having. Favorites include sweet potato gnocchi and peas, ravioli and zucchini, stir fried tofu and veggies w/ brown rice, etc. And a boob. Or several, throughout the evening.

Rhys' other easy lunches inlcude: an avocado (to be cut into chunks at daycare) and a handful of black beans or spicy lentil and bean soup (homemade and with all the veg and beans cut small . . . I've been able to freeze portions of this, FTW!).

Other snacks include: cut up watermelon and blueberries, nutrigrain bars and yogurt (which he likes enough to consent to having it spoon fed to him).

Do you have any other toddler finger-food meal ideas? I would LOVE input!

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