Monday, November 25, 2013

So, You Want to Feed My Baby

So, we're coming over, or maybe even staying at your house a while and you'd like to stock up on some staples for Jude. What should you get? Well, I'll say this: if you have carpet and like that carpet, heed this advice closely as Jude is quite fond of snacking on-the-go. If your floors aren't carpeted, feel free to "experiment" at will. He's of an age where he can literally eat anything an adult does, there's just an equal chance he'll eat it as he'll use it to style his hair.

  • Animal crackers
  • Graham crackers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Veggie chips/sticks
  • Frozen peas
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Any dried fruit
  • Any dried berries
  • Cheerios (any flavor, his fav is honey nut)
  • Plain Mini Wheats
  • Sweet rice cakes
  • Granola bars
  • Whole milk

Anything on this list is something we know he enjoys already and thus less likely to wind up on your floor. These are also fairly clean to eat so it's less likely to accidentally transfer onto your floor and if it does it's not a nightmare to clean up. Trust me, I've cleaned pretty much everything out of our carpets. It's amusing we had to pay a pet deposit moving in out of fear our cat might ruin the carpet but we didn't have to pay a child deposit when I gave birth, because really Jude has done far worse to our carpets than the cat has. Haha.

Like the time I gave him fresh blueberries instead of dried blueberries and he spent ten minutes painting our cream colored carpet. Or the time I gave him a strawberry breakfast bar and he squeezed the filling out and used it to glue Cheerios into the rug. Or when he had a big mouthful of pomegranate and yogurt and then sneezed. T_T

He used to eat meats really well but lately hasn't wanted anything to do with them in any form. For breakfast he usually has Mini Wheats, half a banana, and four ounces of juice with water. For lunch he typically has fruit and Greek yogurt with a granola bar (he's teething). And for dinner he eats buttered or peanut butter whole grain toast with peas -- I'm thinking of trying to introduce tofu since he's given up meat lately. Dinner used to be some sort of meat with grains (bread or rice, etc.) with a vegetable (peas are his favorite), but obviously that's not the case right now while he hates meat.

General snacks at our house are peanut butter sandwiches made out of graham crackers, dried blueberries, or goldfish crackers. At nap time he has 10 ounces of whole milk and at before bed time he gets another 10 ounces.

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