3 meals a day

Claudia - posted on 04/07/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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What are the meals you give your babies? Morning cereal, lunch veg+protein and evening veg, or do you give a fruit only meal at any point, and if, which meal? I'm trying to give him a healthy all-round diet, but am battling with the 'what' and 'when', what do you do?

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Claudia - posted on 04/07/2009

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Ok thanks ladies, it's good to know I'm not the only one trying to figure this out :-), and I'm not too far of the mark to what you're all doing. Matteo doesn't like the bottled food at all, so I'm having to make everything myself. I've also started the ice cube thing, where I've made chicken and brocolli and frozen it, which I add to a starch at lunch time, like sweet potato. I just need to add fruit to his rice cereal in the mornings.






Anyway, thanks again xxx



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Amanda - posted on 04/14/2009

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Nope, the Magic Bullet seems to do the trick. I mix the peas with a bit of water and blend it up good. They do come out a bit more chunkier and less smooth than other purees but definitely not so chunky that a baby would choke on it and my baby didn't seem to mind that the peas puree is a bit thicker. Especially now that he is eating lumpier purees anyway. I use frozen peas from a bag too and just boil them before throwing them in the blender.

Claudia - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

I make my own baby food and I really mix up the menu a lot. In general, I serve my 7.5 month old son 1/4 cup of fruit in the morning with a few tbsps of cereal (rice,barley or oatmeal), then at lunch 1/4 cup of veggie usually but sometimes fruit instead or both and then dinner is 1/4 cup of veggie with some cereal sometimes. Now specifically, every morning I give him a different fruit or I give him a combo of fruit and everyday he gets different veggies and I mix up colors too. For example I don't give him two orange colored veggies in the same day. That's the best way to vary the nutrients in his diet. Sometimes, I mix veggies together when I puree them too (peas/carrots, turnip/carrot, squash/red pepper/rice, broccoli/cauliflower), or i give him an 1/8 cup of two different veggies. This morning I blended together a pear, a plum and a banana and divided it up into glass dishes with air tight lids (1/4 cup in each) and popped them in the freezer. It made about 1.5 cups of food. So that's about 5/6 breakfasts for the week where he will be getting a variety of fruit in the morning. By the way, I find if I give him too much cereal he gets a bit constipated and I also balance out banana and apples (which are binding) with plums or figs or prunes because they soften the stool. Also, I make extras of the veggies that my husband and I will eat for supper and puree it for my baby too. For example, we had peas and carrots one night so I blended the extra and put it in ice cube trays for his meals that week. You can really have fun with it. Keep it varying, gradually work your way up to 1/4 cup, and just use your own diet as a template for your babies. I'm no expert but I've figured some things out that works for me and my baby over the months. Hope that helps. (By the way, if you're making your own food then you should look into buying the Magic Bullet. It is awesome because it's so small and easy to clean. I highly recommend it for baby food making).


Do you have to squash the blended peas through a sieve to get the skins out, or does your blender get it fine enough that he doesnt choke on them? I squashed peas through a sieve once and since then he hasnt had peas again!

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2009

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I make my own baby food and I really mix up the menu a lot. In general, I serve my 7.5 month old son 1/4 cup of fruit in the morning with a few tbsps of cereal (rice,barley or oatmeal), then at lunch 1/4 cup of veggie usually but sometimes fruit instead or both and then dinner is 1/4 cup of veggie with some cereal sometimes. Now specifically, every morning I give him a different fruit or I give him a combo of fruit and everyday he gets different veggies and I mix up colors too. For example I don't give him two orange colored veggies in the same day. That's the best way to vary the nutrients in his diet. Sometimes, I mix veggies together when I puree them too (peas/carrots, turnip/carrot, squash/red pepper/rice, broccoli/cauliflower), or i give him an 1/8 cup of two different veggies. This morning I blended together a pear, a plum and a banana and divided it up into glass dishes with air tight lids (1/4 cup in each) and popped them in the freezer. It made about 1.5 cups of food. So that's about 5/6 breakfasts for the week where he will be getting a variety of fruit in the morning. By the way, I find if I give him too much cereal he gets a bit constipated and I also balance out banana and apples (which are binding) with plums or figs or prunes because they soften the stool. Also, I make extras of the veggies that my husband and I will eat for supper and puree it for my baby too. For example, we had peas and carrots one night so I blended the extra and put it in ice cube trays for his meals that week. You can really have fun with it. Keep it varying, gradually work your way up to 1/4 cup, and just use your own diet as a template for your babies. I'm no expert but I've figured some things out that works for me and my baby over the months. Hope that helps. (By the way, if you're making your own food then you should look into buying the Magic Bullet. It is awesome because it's so small and easy to clean. I highly recommend it for baby food making).

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This is what our days are usually like....



Breakfast - bottle,    Morning Snack - bananas & oatmeal,     Lunch - some sort of fruit and some Gerber little puffs,    Afternoon ASnack - small bottle,    Dinner - veggie and a rice cereal,   and a bottle before bed.

Melissa - posted on 04/07/2009

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Breakfast- cereal with fruit



Lunch- veggie



Dinner- fruit with oatmeal



She is 7 months old 8/28/2008 she was born

Jessica - posted on 04/07/2009

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Claudia,

I found the meal thing confusing as well. Everything and everyone tells you something different. This is my meal plan.



I use all stage 2 foods

Breakfast- fruit and 1/4 cup cereal

Lunch- meat and veg.

Dinner veg. and fruit



That is the schedule my doctor told me to use. Hope that helps

Lori - posted on 04/07/2009

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I had the same questions.. we saw our pediatirician yesterday and she said to add "meat" to his diet. This was our feeding schedule prior:
Breakfast: 2 tbs oatmeal with 2 ice cubes (i make my own babyfood) fruit added
Lunch: 2 cubes veggie & 2 cubes fruit
Before bedtime: 3 tbs oatmeal plain (no fruit- i cut that out thinking the sugar was causing night terrors)

So, now I'm gonna add a meat at dinnertime and cut back on the cereal before bedtime.

Any other suggestions?

Amanda - posted on 04/07/2009

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Madyson has 2-3 tbsp of cereal w/ fruit in it for breakfast. For lunch she has  1/2 jar each of veggie and fruit 2nd foods and the same for dinner. We have snacks as well whether they are the gerber puffs or sometimes I will give her tiny pieces of apple or something like that. She just got her first tooth last week so we have been taking things slow as far as what we have given her.

Lauren - posted on 04/07/2009

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breakfast - oatmeal with fruit (1/4 cereal and 2 tbsp fruit)



lunch - veggie (whole stage 2 jar)



dinner - oatmeal with fruit (1/4 cereal and 2 tbsp fruit)



I have the same question.  We have to go to the doctor Thursday for a weight check.  I will let you know hat she says. 

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Hi Claudia, I usually give my son rice cereal (mango and apple flavour) for breakfast, lunch is something like avocado and banana mashed or fruit mussel and dinner of veggies followed by a yogurt. I still breastfeed on demand, some days it feels constant but as he's teething having a month full of booby stops him windging! I also offer him rucks and fruit during the day, I use a mesh food holder for this. This sound like a lot of food! I haven't really introduce meat yet cos I reckon veggies are better for now, but he does nor on the odd bone. He doesn't mind his food lumpy now so its easier to mash stuff up with a fork rather than putting in the blender. Hope this helps. Just trust you instinct and you'll be fine - he won't care if he eats the same food every day!

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