Now that Noah is nine months old, I can definitely say that he's become an excellent eater, especially in the mornings. I don't know if it's because he's hungry or if he just likes pancakes but it's become his favorite meal of the day.
He starts out the day at 6 am, on the dot, every morning. I don't know how he can tell time but he really is my alarm clock and as soon as he starts to stir, I'm up and he nurses. After that - it's breakfast time! I try to switch his food out and get him to taste new and different things but for the most part, he eats any combination of pancakes and fruit with the occasional scrambled egg if I have time
Big mound of food for a little boy! This particular morning he ate a whole blueberry pancake and a cup of mandarin oranges. (Probably would have eaten more if I had offered it.)
As you can tell by his clean tray, he ate every bite. The kid really loves his breakfast.
While my little man is nomming on his breakfast, I prepare his lunch. Again, I try to switch things out but along with two bottles, (he gets one at 10 and one at 2, if he needs them, more on that tomorrow*) he usually gets a protein and/or pasta, a vegetable and a fruit along with something for a snack, usually (you guessed it) pancakes.
On this day, I packed him some diced chicken with peas and carrots, some Gerber ravioli, blueberries with pineapple and his favorite, pancakes.
This picture happens to be the one that I posted a few days ago and someone asked me if he ate all of that in one day and truthfully, the answer would be yes - but not all at one time. He ate all of his chicken and veggies at lunch (12 noon) along with most of the ravioli. For his afternoon snack (around 3) he ate all of his fruit and most of his pancakes.
Other foods I've sent for lunch: ground turkey meat, meatballs, white fish pieces, cheese bites (usually mozzerella or chedder), macaroni, pasta salad. Pieces of any soft cooked veggie: broccoli green beans, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, lima beans (any bean!), or cauliflower to name a few. Stewed apples, pears or any soft stone fruit like peaches or plums. Pieces of strawberry, blueberry, melon, pineapple, bananas or cherries (pitted obvs). Whole grain pancakes, waffles or toast strips. I've even sent graham crackers, regular crackers and fig newtons as a treat.
Once I get off of work, I slip over to Noah's daycare and pick up him. Between 5:30 and 6, we arrive home and I give Noah his supper. If our dinner is ready, he'll get what we're getting. If not, he gets leftovers or chicken and veggies which is my go to simple dinner for the little man.
It was just the two of us the other night, so we stopped at the grocery store and grabbed something from the salad bar. Chicken, mini corn, edamame and brussel sprouts were on the menu for my little dude. Oh, and my roll that he stole. Not fair. JOEY DOESN'T SHARE. (Friends reference anyone?)
After dinner, my husband and I usually tag team getting Noah a bath and getting him into his jammies. Once he's ready for bed, we have a few minutes of quiet time and cuddle before he goes into his crib awake (around 7:30-8pm) and he's usually out pretty quickly.
All in all, I'm glad we decided to stick with Baby Led Weaning. Although we did our own twist on it by using puree's in the beginning at daycare, it's really worked out for us. He's an excellent self-feeder and will eat pretty much anything we put in front of him.
Has anyone else had success with BLW?! :)