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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Day in the Life : Food for a Very Hungry Boy

Background : We started Kane on rice cereal shortly after his four month check up.  Although he did pretty well with it, he just wasn't into it.  We decided to start on oatmeal shortly after he turned five months old.  We slowly started mixing in fruits with his oatmeal, and occasionally give him just the fruits or veggies. 

On a typical day, Kane wakes up between 7:00 - 7:30am. I get him up, change his diaper, and then feed him homemade fruits, veggies oatmeal and a bottle for breakfast.  Once he is done with breakfast, we co-bathe on bath days, and get ready to go for the day.  Around 9:00 - 9:30am, Kane goes back down for his morning nap.  Through out the day he will nap, play and eat.  When he gets hungry he drinks a formula bottle mixed with a little bit of oatmeal.  Once dinner rolls around, usually around 6:00pm, he gets his homemade fruits, veggies and oatmeal along with a bottle.  After that he will have one or two more formula and oatmeal mixed bottles before bed, and sometimes one in the middle of the night. 

I would say on average, Kane drinks around 40oz of formula per day with about 2 or 3 scoops of oatmeal per bottle.  In addition, he also eats 1 pouch worth of homemade fruits and/or veggies.  Needless to say, he is not going to go hungry by any means, although he sure acts like it if he doesn't have his food the minute he starts getting hungry. 

There have been a few things that have made my life so much easier ; the Ninja Master Prep System, the Infantino squeeze station, and the Lily Pot.  I have to admit that without these three items, making homemade purées for Kane was a nightmare.  There was one time I recall that I almost called it quits and bought some baby food from the store.  Despite some minor difficulties, I sucked it up and powered through.  I asked for the Ninja Master Prep System and Lily Pot for Christmas this year, and I am so happy that I did.  Making mass quantities of purées has gone from an all day event to taking a matter of a few hours!

Recently we have been expanding Kane's pallet with new fruits and vegetables!  The standard rule of thumb when it comes to trying new foods with you little one is to give them the same new food for four days in a row.  If at any time during those four days your child develops any type of reaction, please see a medical professional!  If at the end of the short period of time your child has had no reaction, then you can go ahead and repeat the process with a new food.  With Kane we started off doing pears, apples and bananas.  Throughout that time we would do some mixes of two different ones, but we were just trying to use up what we had already made and put in the freezer.  We recently introduced Kane to mangos by mixing them in with his pears and bananas.  He seemed to like the mango a little bit more when it was mixed with the bananas.  I think this may have to do with the tart of pears mixed with a mild tart from the mango.  I have to admit, it has been a blast trying new mixes and seeing Kane's reaction to new foods!  This has to be one of my favorite stages! 

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